As in a chemical process that transforms a raw material, drop by drop into a refined product, The Distillery Company aims to draw its theatrical art from life’s everyday reality with a pronounced droplet alluding to questions of architecture and memory.
How do the places we inhabit affect our lives and memories? What layers of experiences, what inner landscapes do we go through in a lifetime? Trained at - La Manufacture of Lausanne - a location where precious stones were once carved, Emilie Blaser has been working since 2011 on the intersection of two disciplines which captured her imagination: theatre and architecture.
The language of theatre and the language of architecture meet with the idea of “constructed situation”, a term borrowed from the artist Tino Sehgal. He defines the form which The Distillery Company performances strive for: plays created and performed in places chosen for the power of their architecture or their history whilst using these spaces unaltered. They become spaces where the audience is invited, in the company of the artists, to decipher an unsuspected composition of stones and existences.
Both the main character and the unique setting of the performance, dictate the form of the show. How many times do we walk in our everyday surroundings with our heads down while paying no attention to the details of its architecture? With a tender spot for these unaltered spaces, incongruous buildings and the magic of stone gardens - in short, everything the photographer Michel Denancé referred to as "small urban agonies" -, The Distillery Company invites the soul of the site into the here and now to bring it back to life. An instantaneous theatre liberated from its traditional settings where everyone's experiences and memories can unfold.