Fabula, performance, 45 min, 2018
Concept, voice – Violaine Lochu
Double bass – Joëlle Léandre
Co-production Béton Salon Art and Research Center and Dohyang Lee Gallery, Paris

« The Fabula performance reveals forgetting as an aspect of the alteration of oral culture. Violaine Lochu takes up the popular tale Le petit Chaperon Rouge, an oral tradition which was fixed in writing in the 17th century by Charles Perrault, then later by the Grimm brothers. It is also inspired by oral versions of the tale that were collected in several French provinces from the mouths of storytellers at the beginning of the 20th century. Through a game of intonations, silences and recollection, the artist reveals the roughness, cracks and gray areas that form the fluctuating identity of any oral narrative. It implements a complex dynamic of shifts, disappearances and reappearances which are specific to the popular tale. With poetry, Violaine Lochu updates and redoubles the accidents inherent in any form of oral transmission: omissions, deformations and appearances constitute the hazards of a thought that is at the same time alive, contingent and shared. » Flora Katz