Armed with their umbrellas, Lambert-wild, Goldberg and their Singapore associates will make a show that is resistant, combative, but also enchanting and truly entertaining, a revue show in the rebellious tradition of the music hall that shall resonate for French and Singaporean audiences alike, a show that will also question the codes that compose the modernity that surrounds us.
In his last few shows, Jean Lambert-wild’s clown started moving from the Calentures to the bigger stage. He duplicated himself in La Mort d’Adam (Death of Adam), performed as Lucky in En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot), and he is currently preparing to become King Richard III, the monarch vilified by Shakespeare. In The Umbrellas of Singapore, thanks to the collaboration between Jean Lambert-wild and Singaporean performers, this clown character will multiply himself, embodying and exceeding the various talents gathered for this show (dancers, magicians, kung-fu masters...). Following the age-old tradition of variety shows, the piece will be a revue with each act a Calenture, these short performances developed by Lambert-wild and in which the clown usually appears. Umbrellas, these everyday, familiar objects, so pervasive that they are easily forgotten, will be an underlying motif throughout the piece.
Inspired by a mundane incident: the landing of an innocent drop of water on a man’s nose, Jean Lambert-wild and Marc Goldberg came to realise that umbrellas do not simply hide in our handbags or lie abandoned on public transport. These portable and retractable shelters, that protect us come rain or shine and act as a reminder that the world is utterly imponderable, are found in a multitude of different performance genres. They appear in musicals, in magic shows, in clown acts, but also in a variety of Asian traditions of martial arts where they become weapons: shields, swords, spears, a symbol of revolt and of resistance.