“Dès l’Aube” combines historical interpretations and experimental devices, which allow us to imagine the Palais Gallien at different times and transform the ruins into real contemporary and digital paintings. This colossal building, built at the dawn of the 2nd century, is the symbol of a bygone era when Bordeaux was still called Burdigala. The Palais Gallien is the impassive witness of Bordeaux history and every day for nearly 1800 years, a new dawn reveals the stones that adorn the oldest vestige of the city.
Far from the fervour of the Roman arena, the Palais Gallien has been long abandoned over the centuries. Abandoned among the vines, sometimes malfamous, the site was relegated to the point of becoming a rubbish dump where the buriers were dumped, before being partly destroyed to be sold in plots. The stones carry within them the scars of the passing of time and the weight of History. The Palais Gallien is a source of narratives where historical realities, hypotheses and fantasies are intertwined. Inspired as much by History as by the legends that surround it, the Organ’Phantom collective has focused its visual and sound work around the collective imagination, in order to bring the amphitheatre back to life in a contemplative and ghostly atmosphere.
“Dès l’Aube” is a journey through time that questions the very notion of Heritage. What is heritage? What place do we give it in our contemporary societies? How do we live with it? For one evening, the Palais Gallien will regain the jubilation of the shows and become the stage of a modern theatre before “Dès l’Aube”, the remains find their sweet tranquillity.
photos crédits : Jonas Laclasse / Nicolas Marand