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ETANT DONNES

Étant Donnés is a duet formed by Eric and Marc Hurtado and created in Grenoble in 1980. Born respectively in 1959 and 1962 in Rabat, Morocco, the two brothers have chosen both orality and writing, with a clear, semantic word, yet without the burden of grammar. Through them, it is the volume of each word that becomes an object-sculpture, together with the power of their bodies expressing their voices. Each event is the scream -indeed even the glissando- of the strength of the word that sometimes abruptly becomes a rock, a solid surface, not in the least fluvial, as is the narrative of a tale, novel or poetic epic. With their oral and combinative strengths, Eric and Marc give us the action of theatre, from which dictions and descriptive declamations disappear. Their sound, for example, extensive, grave and apocalyptic, mixed from amplified natural elements, make those who listen dumbfounded.

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