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    By Jean-Sébastien Monzani - larger images and more information on
  • The situations presented in CEREMONIALS unquestionably share some mysterious interpretations: tragedy or comedy? If the formal aspect of a ceremony seems to link them, the motivation and the reactions of their characters as well as the symbolic elements are difficult to understand.

    Are they an analysis, or even a caricature of our everyday life? Are they linked to reality as suggested by the clothes and contemporary places? Or do they have to be considered independently of a precise context - entities of their owns?

    No explanation emerges: from the global view of the situations to the more microscopic inspection of each character (and his/her motivations or sometimes ambiguous reactions), each approach brings a different interpretation. The keys will never be shared.

    Without dogmatism nor a literal approach, CEREMONIALS plays with imagination.

    August-September 2011

    NOTE: These photos are full of details which are not easy to see at a smaller size. You can check out the larger versions on my website for better details.

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  • Actors:
    Koraline de Baere
    Iris Barbey
    Emilie Blaser
    Vincent Brayer
    Emilie Charriot
    Catherine Delmar
    Claire Deutsch
    Cédric Djedje
    Pierre-Antoine Dubey
    Géraldine Dupla
    Pauline Epiney
    Stella Giuliani
    Nissa Kashani
    Cédric Leproust
    Cédric Simon

    Assistants / light technicians:
    Laurent Berset
    Diane Golay
    Sébastien Monachon
    Francesca Palazzi
    David Seppey

    Photos and direction:
    Jean-Sébastien Monzani