L’Insomnante the show
‘At night, sometimes, I can’t sleep. It rustles, it bustles without a face.
Just a swarming without a name, that won’t leave me alone. Nobody, nothing holds me. There is… but what? I feel insomnia creeping in inside of me and everywhere. I can’t get rid of her, get rid of myself. I stay there. Forced to but absent. Nowhere. In the staggering immobility. Seized, suspended, exhausted, until the morning comes. Sleep hits me then, but it is too late. Or too early. I need to go. In this overly bright day.’ Claire Ruffin
In L’Insomnante three characters inhabit the space: an insomniac who is at war with her bed; a singer-cellist who accompanies her night-time wanderings and a strange presence who tries to help her to find sleep, whose identity is never revealed. It is light. It is dark. It is light again. The night is long as the search for sleep goes on and on. This visual, nearly wordless show is based on the physical, visceral sensations linked to insomnia. Physical theatre is mixed with live music, illusion, puppetry and the quirky manipulation of objects to create a unique and bizarre environment that is interspersed with moments of surreal humour.