LA FORÊT, Vert Presque Vert is the first part of the La Forêt, Le desert, L’argent triptych.
It’s been two years since I started writing this triptych. In every part, I try to describe romantic relationships by using one of these three elements (the woods, the desert and money) as a metaphor in the context of romantic feelings. In THE FOREST (La Forêt), the basis of the dramaturgy is the transition and survival of a couple that’s standing in the middle of a dark environment. THE DESSERT (Le desert) is about a personal quest for absoluteness in a setting without limits. THE MONEY (L’Argent), which I’m still writing, tells more about the social aspect of feelings, transactions, speculations, trading, amorous business etc.
A forest.
In the foreground, we see three lost characters, at the backdrop an identity issue. Literally each one of them is confronted by his own obsessions, fantasies and deep fright. They try to create order in their inner chaos. Through this introspection in the form of a quest, I question my relation to reality. Because, when my characters are confronted by their dreams, they seem to be the reflection of the pains that mark our society. Through this existential transition, The Forest talks about the difficulty one encounters to find a sort of similarity between himself and the world that’s perceived as real.
It’s a nightmarish comedy. The audience ends up being in front of an absurd ‘thing’ that can be funny and creepy at the same time. On one hand, it’s totally familiar and on the other hand, it’s completely strange. Speech strengthens the piece’s realism, but so many factors reflect to lies and dreams, that we can never get lost. A forest. The characters pass through so many insignificant details about supernatural and poetic reflections, but they don’t matter. The essence is that they’re talking.
Stéphane Arcas