The Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, where we are doing a 2-week residency for Body-Scan, is housed in the Theatre Le Quai, a brand spanking new building that costs more money than I can comprehend. Amazing facilities. Yet, if, during your break, you were to look out a window hoping to get a glimpse of the river and the cathedral, you would see, instead, a plastic sheet about 2 feet away from your nose. Because some architect has made an aesthetic decision that seems to deny the fact that human beings work in the building.
In this building, there is a fusion restaurant called Rouge Tendance (yes, I am serious). My first meal in Angers, therefore, was a plate of noodles cooked for me by a beautiful young African man, with vegetables that I picked out from a "Wok Bar". I ate this while sitting on rattan furniture, in a room decorated with orientalist chachkas such as Buddhas and Shivas. I say no more.
Today, after rehearsal, we thought we would, as a lark, go to Rouge Tendance and have a Singapore Sling. The restaurant was empty but we were told that it was full and could not stay for a 30-minute drink.
Sometimes you think progress has been made. But really, plus ça change....