Crocodiles and Alligators                                                                                                                      

Is? Sara?
Is Sara there?
Sara, there is light.
Is there light on Sara?
The light on Sara is there.
There! The light! Sara is on line!
Line up Sara! There! The light is on!
Sara: Line up? There? The light is not on!
Sara, up! The line is there, not on our light!
Sara: John? The line is on our light, not up there!
The line: “ There is not a light on our Sara. Up, John!”
Is there a light box Sara? John? Our line on? Not up? The
A fly!!! Light the line! Not there! Up on our box, John is Sara.
Sara, fly! John, light the box! There is not a line on our make up.
Sara, is there not a line on our make up??? John, fly light to the box.
John make up! Does Sara fly light to the box? There is not a line on our…
Does the line match? Sara, make John fly up to our box. There is not a light on.
There is a box. On? Up? To? Sara does not match with our fly. Make John light the line.

Crocodiles and Alligators was created in the wake of Version(s), a research led between September 2010 and November 2011 at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris. Version(s) was a research project on how different versions of a show’s beginning might add up to a new show. In a constant back-and-forth between the enunciation of possibilities and their on-stage execution, Cuqui Jerez and lighting designer Gilles Gentner observe how language and space transform each other to produce a new reality. By increasing the number of possible openings of a play that does not develop linearly, they explore what effect these elements have on the audience’s expectations and imagination.

Crocodiles and Alligators is about difference, variation, change, contrast, differentiation, disparity, dissimilarity, distinction, diversity, unlikeness, variety, exception, particularity, peculiarity and singularity. But it is also about performance and choreography; about stage and backstage; about observing and imagining; about stillness and accumulation; about nothingness and fullness; about light and darkness.

Concept by Cuqui Jerez. Created in collaboration with Gilles Gentner and Ismeni Espejel. Collaborator: Amaia Urra. Performed by Gilles Gentner and Ismeni Espejel. Lights by Gilles Gentner. Co-produced by Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, BRUT Wien and Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk.

Performed at
Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris: February 2012
Festival Imagetanz Brut, Viena: March 2012

Photos by Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi