A journey of discovery
From one of the most stunning narratives from the Letters from my Windmill collection, Jean Lambert-wild has created a very public show in order to tell the tragic story of a little goat, Mr Seguin's goat, who is madly in love with the idea of freedom and open spaces.4
Alphonse Daudet takes the readers on a journey of discovery, from childhood to adulthood, which is more mysterious and winding than it initially seems. In her desire for freedom and adventure, our heroine breaks all kinds of taboos. This little goat, perched on a hill, suddenly believes that she is all-powerful as she looks down on the world that she is discovering at her feet. In this sense, she is like a child who, as they grow up, wants to make the world which surrounds them a place of every experience, without fear or limitations, hungry for discovery, meetings and exciting and wonderful adventures.
Whilst Alphonse Daudet, as the faithful disciple of Aesop and La Fontaine, uses the animalistic to express humanity, Jean Lambert-wild, in his theatrical reverie, uses humanity to express the animalistic. He entrusts the "role" of the goat to a performer who knows how to move and to disturb us with her impressive body language and gestures. At her side, we cross the marvellous panoramas created by the visual artist Stéphane Blanquet for this magical and surprising voyage, which is not just a realistic illustration of the narrative but a real phantasmagoria which calls out to the imagination of every audience member, whether it be big or small. Knowing from the beginning what gruesome end awaits the heroine, we are mysteriously fascinated by the little goat's lust for life, her will to break free of the shackles that the world wants to impose on her, by the incredible strength that she shows in moving away from the beaten track and enjoying the pleasures of the world which poor Mr Seguin wanted to keep her from, for her own protection.