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de création artistique – Lyon

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This Clement World

Cynthia Hopkins (USA)

From 20 till 23 November 2012

Création  Theater / Théâtre


Thematic : Climat change

How can you explain a world that you feel is physically disappearing? This Clement World is a show composed of a documentary film with live music infused with strange fictions and folk songs. Cynthia Hopkins, an American artist, joined the scientific expedition Cape Farewell in the Arctic Ocean. On this boat, which went to assess the effects of climate change on the poles, she created the characters and wrote the songs and dialogue. A performer, country singer, and videast, she delivers, in an infinitely personal way, a warning on impending disappearance and a few notes on our dependence on modernity.


Conception : Cynthia Hopkins

Directed by : D.J. Mendel

Designed by : Jeff Sugg

Administration : Carly McCollow
Régie : Tom Fruin

Coproduction : Les Subsistances / Lyon, St. Ann’s Warehouse et Walker Art Center
With the found of  Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund
Producers: Adam et Diane Max, Cape Farewell, et Warren Habib
Producteurs associés : Nathaniel Read et John Hodgman
Soutien à la résidence : Acadia Summer Arts Program, Mount Tremper Arts, Yaddo, Brown University et The MacDowell Colony. L’expédition en arctique a été financée par Cape Farewell et la Conférence par Columbia’s Earth Institute et Tipping Point.


Cynthia Hopkins is an author, composer, multi-instrumentalist and theater artist. She creates unique, multidisciplinary performances that blend fiction and reality. She has won numerous prizes, including the Alpert prize for theater in 2007 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010. Through her performances, she seeks to breathe something disturbing into the intrigue to stimulate the senses, provoke an emotional reaction, and elevate the mind. She has created four long multimedia performances (Accidental Nostalgia – Bessie prize for creation, 2005; Must Don’t Whip’um – Bessie prize for set design, 2007; The Success Of Failure and The Truth :A Tragedy (creation at Les Subsistances). These widely recognized works have been presented in the United States and Europe. Hopkins has also produced eight albums and given hundreds of concerts with her group, Gloria Deluxe.

Around the spectacle

Debate > Change of climate, which it is necessary to change ?
Avec Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (FR) ; Hervé Kempf (FR) ; Jacques Comby (FR)
Animé par Michel Lussault


Shine On de Cynthia Hopkins (chantée durant le spectacle) :



15 € / 12 € (reduced+) / 7.50€ (reduced ++, Subs Card)

Dates & horaires

Tue 20 November 2012 / 21:00

Wed 21 November 2012 / 19:30

Thu 22 November 2012 / 19:30

Fri 23 November 2012 / 19:30

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