Ghoulish ventriloquism with the skulls of a ram and a badger first drew us into the world of Jeanne Mordoj, along with her mysteriously mischievous humour and serious undertones. Her work has an insouciant vitality, more profound than it first appears, she goes deeper as she ventures into areas rarely touched on by most physical theatre and circus performers. We are reminded of old-style circus traditions from the freakish to the illusionary, yet none of her skills are deployed in a traditional way. From her sensual sliding of egg-yolks on her flesh to the animalistic contortion around her handbag she is dealing with the fragility of life and the inevitability of death.
In partnership with Summerhall, Crying Out Loud premiered Jeanne Mordoj’s La Poème at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and presented it as part of Currency 2013 at The Place, London. La Poème is a joyously strange and personal play in with Jeanne Mordoj utilises her body to freely celebrate the feminine.
The next stage in our work with Jeanne was then to assist in the exploration of the next part of her show La Poème, through a series of interactions with academics at Kings College Institute. It was ‘erotic, existential, poetic and off-the-wall,’ (well said Donald Hutera).
In August 2015, Jeanne Mordoj spent 3 weeks between the Southbank Centre and Hackney City Farm, researching ideas for her next piece, looking at her fascination for chickens, eggs and transformations.
Read here what Rachel Clare has to say about the residencies.
In April 2016, Jeanne presented a new version of La Poème at the Roundhouse as part of Circus Fest. It now also features La Fresque, a live drawing experience where in a dancelike trance, Mordoj creates, blindfolded, huge and vibrant images of the female form.