Gonzo Conférence

A performative conference by Fanny de Chaillé
For and with Christine Bombal

Duration 40 minutes

Gonzo Conférence was created in April 2007 on the festival We Want Rock’n’Roll, in Paris, at the instigation of lelabo.

Production Association Display // Coproduction CCN de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon in the context of the programme Hors séries // With the support of la Ménagerie de Verre in the context of Studiolab


Fanny de Chaillé bypasses the form of the conference by placing herself under the patronage of Lester Bangs, the ultimate symbol of freedom of expression and of counter-culture. She indeed espouses the cause of rock critics, who lead to the most passionate commitments.

“I want to give a lecture,
a lecture about rock music,
a subjective lecture about rock music,
a subjective and loving lecture about rock music,
a subjective and loving lecture about rock music and feelings,
and to tell you why one day I decided to perform theatre, not rock music,
to tell you why one day I decided to perform theatre,
why I believe in distance, the distance of theatre, the distance of the game.”

Excerpt

“I have been reading about rock music before ever seeing my first rock-concert. Very early in time have I have loved these texts, their form, their style, perhaps because I felt that they were true? It’s a bit silly to say it like that, but the rock critics spoke a simple language, similar to mine, an everyday language, almost always recounting meetings with the rock stars, and the way they told these encounters made me believe them. I thought that the persons that they described were really like that. I thought that it was the truth because they seemed sincere. They told senseless stories but with so much love and commitment that I mistook it for sincerity…”