French company created in 1998 in Amiens by Katerini Antonakaki (Athens, 1964), who graduated from ESNAM (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette) in Charleville-Mézières, and by Emmanuel Jorand-Briquet (Amiens, 1966), former student of the Jacques Lecoq School. The exploration of Éclats d’états is shown in poetic spaces, engaging with today’s world, mixing figures, objects, filmed images, sounds, actors, and words from contemporary authors. Katerini Antonakaki’s use of moving clair-obscur (half lit) sets, paced like plastic art installations, gently suggest worlds that are often serious or tragic, graspable by all audiences.
After Le Journal intime d’une mouche (The Intimate Diary of a Fly, 1998), their first show entirely visual, a key meeting with Patrick Kermann engendered two works written by him for the company, Fil (Thread, 1999), and Seuils (Thresholds, a diptych, in 2000-2001). Other representations of the human condition followed: Je vais (I’m Going, 2002) based on a text by Alain Béhar; Paysages (Landscapes, 2003) inspired by the Greek poet Nikos Houliaras; Bords et débords (In and Out of Bounds, 2004), from a work by Aristidis Antonas, whose casting and atmosphere varied depending on the country it was performed in, co-produced by France, Germany and Greece.