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Creation 2023-24

The idea for POLAROÏD arose from listening to the radio. I was listening to a programme with Marie Richeux, in which a short text called POLAROÏD was read. A collection of these texts was then published. These texts never failed to intrigue me; I was fascinated by them. They often spawned images and specific imagery. In this collection, the preface captured my attention. It is a text by Georges Didi-Huberman in which he reveals his questions regarding the meaning of a literary Polaroid.


‘To focus’ on the very texture of things. To approach, lean in and give the minuscule its due place. Also, ‘to polarise’ the relationships that each thing has with the things around it: move, change the play of light and give consideration to spacing.


I asked myself what is a theatrical polaroid?

Experiences with students and interns confirmed interest in this approach, stemming from my experimental obsessions and preferences.


Fascination in this specific photographic technique, its appearance, relative immediacy and chromatic blend, that we see permeating an organic space and time, evokes theatricality in the image. In performing arts, the creative moment is the present. The creation of an image in a polaroid is also present and tangible.

©Denise Oliver  /  ©Paulo Duarte

The evocation of Remembrance: impression nm (subst. of v. to remember, 1080 lat.  subvenire "to come to mind") That which comes or can come to mind from past experiences; image that keeps and provides the memory.

An image that ages, fades, transforms… in itself, the Polaroid is a material vector of memory and its transformations over time.

How to create a theatrical polaroid? Create the live game, the transformations, see a memory submerge and fade away, transform...  

Starting from image work, compilations of personal memories, poems, I want to take the gamble of creating a hybrid piece that speaks to the intimate.  

For more information, you can download the folder in English here.

On request, we will be happy to send you the full video recording of the performance.


During the experimentation process we worked on the image by making very short video films. We explored the themes and issues of the play. These videos, autonomous in themselves, can be found later in the associated installation. For this, we  collaborated with videographers, creators of the image...

The first is a collaboration with Hugo Germser (Nov.21).

The second is a collaboration with Aurélie Bonamy (Jan 23).



Interview with Paulo Duarte

MAgazine n01 - novembre 21  MA scène nationale Pays de Montbéliard

Interview with Paulo Duarte and Caroline Masini

Scén'Orama - Radio FM Plus (Montpellier) - by Annick Delefosse

Article newspaper from Vincent Pourrageau

Midi Libre du 13/12/2023

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