Creation 2022 Imaginary situations

Monsieur Bourgogne’s winter holidays

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Bellevue, Saint-Herblain

"Monsieur Bourgogne's winter holidays" is an imaginary situation showcased as part of the Great Bellevue project, from the 22nd of February to the 5th of March of 2022.

With this new theatrical intervention, Jean-Luc Courcoult, author, director and founder of the company, continues his poetic adventure. Jack London’s "The Call of the Wild" guided this imaginary situation that showcases explorers, settled on the roof of a building, Mendes France square, that will see their day to day life sync to violent winds and freezing breeze.

When I woke up this morning in my sleeping bag, my tent had disappeared. The wind howled so hard, it was pulling my my ears against my cheeks I stayed put, tucked in, warm under the duvet. In the morning, the storm broke. I poked my head out like a snail from its shell and saw the world in white: all around, the mountains had become giant icebergs.

As I was standing, I saw coming towards me an igloo on a big sledge, pulled by 3 dogs. The dogs stopped near me, and one of them came up to me to say (speaking!): - You'll have a cup of hot chocolate with us, won't you? That said, the other two stood kindly in front of the entrance of the house to invite me in... So I went inside.

The flat was bigger than I had imagined: all of a sudden it became almost like a little circus tent; but the table, chairs, sofa and all the furniture were made of transparent glass. A little girl put a block of ice then poured hot chocolate slowly melting the cup into smoke. I drank it while looking at the people wrapped in furs. They were so kind that they gave me clothes against the cold...

On the way out, the dogs had frozen like porcelain ceramic statues. One was sitting, the other standing, and the third was lying down. Then they slid down the slopes like penguins on their bellies. Following them, I discovered a telepheric cabin on the pack ice, as red as my Fiat 500. I climbed in. Hundreds of pink flamingos from above hung strings to lift me into the sky. I flew through the clouds...

Then they dropped me off at the same place where my Fiat was parked last year, on the wall in front of the Bellevue market. My toes, excited, were lengthening with pleasure! Outside the cabin, I saw : an igloo, a loaded sled, a weather antenna, frozen porcelain dogs and, in the quiet flakes, very busy people.

And I realized that this was my winter camp, on the roof of Bellevue. I was so happy: squirrels were coming out of my ears, doing somersaults. Monsieur Bourgogne

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« Oh what a lovely escape on this cold fall morning in Kentucky. Thank you »

Carole Logsdon - Vine Grove, United States - November 23, 2022

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« "Explorateurs, bivouac, igloo et chiens de traîneau pris dans une tempête de neige, artificielle : une ambiance à la Jack London s'est emparée de Bellevue, hier. "L'appel de la forêt" est une les lectures de jeunesse qui garde une place spéciale dans le coeur de Jean-Luc Courcoult, le créateur de Royal de Luxe, à qui l'on doit cette mise en scène sur le toit d'un immeuble du quartier. Surplombant la place Denis-Forestier, où le marché battait son plein, la troupe a fait le show : explorateurs tirant leur traîneau ou se prenant en photo avec leurs chiens, découverte de l'igloo, réglages de la station météo ou partie de pêche. Royal de Luxe transpose le quotidien de ces lointains cousins d'Amundsen et Scott, les découvreurs du pôle Sud, au début du XXe siècle." »

Ouest-France - 02/03/2022

« "Il avait juré qu'après avoir passé ses vacances d'été dans le quartier Bellevue il reviendrait. Promesse tenue. Monsieur Bourgogne, personnage atypique, original et sympathique, n'a en revanche pas pris sa Fiat 500 cette année. Il a débarqué dans une cabine tombée du ciel, après son transport par une certaine de flamants roses. On le retrouve toute la semaine avec ses chiens de traîneau, ses accessoires de loisirs et son igloo sur le toit d'un immeuble tout près de la place Mendès-France. [...]Le créateur de la troupe Royal de Luxe a ainsi voulu montrer le dépassement de l'individu dans une des scènes qui représente un explorateur tirant un lourd traîneau sous des rafales de vent et de neige. Une neige carbonique qui, tombée au pied de l'immeuble, recouvre les voitures et fait la joie des enfants.  »

Presse Océan - 02/03/2022

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