Grand Finale

Pacitti Company

Sat 21 Apr 2007
Sun 22 Apr 2007


“The most unusual and unsettling theatrical experience currently in London” Lynn Gardner -The Guardian, on the 2001 production

“I simply applied to living bodies the analytical method that surgeons apply to corpses” – Emile Zola on ‘Therese Raquin’, 1867

For ‘Finale’, Pacitti Company join forces with sensational Swiss cult electronica band Velma to bring you one from the heart: a series of highly visceral performances shown in intense site specific locations. Abstracting the 1867 Emile Zola novel ‘Therese Raquin’, ‘Finale’ dispenses with narrative structure and character, in order to prioritise the themes of the book – deception, lust, spite and domination. Elements of installation, video and photographic work serve to further blur the boundaries between gallery and stage, activity and page. This is theatre full of sexual obsessions and jealous distractions played out against the hypnotic repetitions of Velma’s minimalist soundwork. Pacitti Company revel in the dirt of Zola’s text and, true to form, ‘Finale’ is compelling and explicit, uncompromising and cruel.

’Finale’ was originally made and toured in 2001, and since then has been crafted as a site specific piece to reside in spaces that have their own resonance and sense of history. In this process Pacitti Company work with guest practitioners, local to wherever ‘Finale’ shows in the world, in the capacity of workshop participants and guest performers. For ‘Grand Finale’ Pacitti Company will remake this award-winning work with artists from elsewhere – many also within the SPILL programme – who have previously performed in the piece before in sites local to where they live. This new composite international cast will spend the last week of SPILL undertaking a workshop process again behind closed doors, before closing SPILL 2007 with two large scale performances site-specifically throughout the Shunt Vaults.