MARVELOUS is a fashion and culture magazine created by a team of three artists and published in the form of a public reading by its editor in chief, Bryan Campbell.
Using both their experiences as consumers of fashion publishing and their more or less amateur skills in the production of written and graphic material, the artists took on the role of commercial publishers. MARVELOUS was thus born through a “Do It Yourself” process that was both carefully analytic and supremely playful, a method of creation in resonance with the culture of drag kings and queens, in which imitation, appropriation, and plagiarism serve to access this commercial form of visual and textual language.
MARVELOUS is published as a performance, taking the form of a guided reading in the collective theatre space. Passing through several modes of performing text, vocal affects, and body states, the editor in chief questions how one can position oneself toward this material that produces as much frustration as it does desire, dealing in notions of expertise, economic access, and psychologies of persuasion and seduction.
Cast and production
Conception and Performance /“Editor in Chief” Bryan Campbell
Artistic Assistance /“Managing Editor” Jacob Peter Kovner
Graphic Design and Projections / “Layout Editor” Matthieu Delahausse
Outside Eye / “Senior Editor” Stéphane Bouquet
Technical Director Arnaud Le Breton
PACT Zollverein (Essen D); Honolulu (Nantes FR) and Au bout du plongeoir (Rennes-Métropole FR) in the frame of a cooperation between the city of Nantes and Rennes-Métropole.
In collaboration with Workshop Foundation (Budapest HU) in the frame of a Wild Card residency, a Jardin d’Europe project, with support from the European Commission; Rethink Dance (Oslo NO); Micadanses (Paris FR); Edifício, a collaborative residency program with O Rumo do Fumo and Forum Dança (Lisbon PT) with support f rom DEPARTS; and workspacebrussels (Brussels BE). Donation of rehearsal space by the Centre National de la Danse (Pantin FR) and the Ménagerie de Verre (Paris FR).
PACT Zollverein, Atelier, Essen - Allemagne, December 12 2014 (preview)
Kaaistudios, Working Title Situation, Brussels - Belgique, June 18 2015
Panopée, Artdanthé, Théâtre de Vanves, April 4 2016
Montévidéo, Actoral, Marseille, October 7 & 8 2016
Festival Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, June 12 2017
Festival Uzès Danse, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, Uzès, June 17 2018
Taking Place – Montreal arts intercultural – Montréal (Canada), May 18 2019
Photo : ©Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker