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Tim Etchells with Bert & Nasi

L'Addition, produced by Forced Entertainment

Show Description

Two performers armed with (or trapped in) a single scene – a customer orders a drink from a waiter. And then things go awry.

Played again and again, the events of this stock-situation roll repeatedly with nonstop dialogue or absolute silence and the scene starts spinning out of control. Nightmarish spiral or grotesque farce? Roles and relationships of power flip back and forth, to the point that we no longer know who’s the target and who’s the aggressor, who’s serving and who’s being served.

Directed by Forced Entertainment artistic director Tim Etchells, and created with the brilliant performance duo Bert and Nasi, 'L’Addition' orchestrates a complex hilarious and explosive performance from simple materials. Together, the three of them play with the mechanisms of theatre as much as with power relationships — but in the end, someone has to pay the bill.

This production is an English language version of the original French production by Festival d'Avignon in 2023.

Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Company Information

'L'Addition' is a Tim Etchells and Bert & Nasi production, produced by Forced Entertainment.

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. Etchells has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment. Etchells’ work has been shown recently at Cubitt, Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg SPACE (London), Turner Contemporary and Compton Verney (UK), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam) and MUHKA (Antwerp).

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas are a contemporary performance duo that met in 2015 and have since created an entire repertoire of shows in the midst of a period of national and international austerity. Their work, in turn, is stripped back and minimalist though it deals with complex ideas and emotions. Their shows lie somewhere between performance, dance and theatre but if you had to pin them down on it, they'd probably say it's theatre. Together they have performed at PuSh Festival (Canada), Festival de Otoño (Spain), Sarajevo Mess (Bosnia), Adelaide International Festival (Australia), InTeatro (Italy), Avignon Festival (France) and MiTsp (Brazil).


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