Hailing from the French city of Toulouse, Laëtitia Sioen is part of l’Envers du Monde, an entertainment company which produces visual art and theatrical shows for audiences in different parts of France and around the world. Although this form of entertainment was hitherto unknown in the archipelago of 93,000 inhabitants, the artist was well-received by children and adults alike at the various presentations and shows that she conducted during her recent week-long tour of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
As ‘La Dompteuse de Bulles’ (The Bubble Tamer), Sioen uses mime, costume changes, a projector and music to tell the story of a toy ballerina who takes advantage of a mechanical problem in her music-box to escape and discover life in the real world. Outside the music box, the ballerina finds freedom and sets off to seek a great adventure.
Sioen also uses various props, such as smoke and helium, to help tell her story and create variety in the bubbles she creates, which range from millions of tiny, frothy bubbles, to giant, snake-like bubbles, bubbles filled with smoke, bubbles inside other bubbles and bubbles that never sink to the ground. Her show was also well received by audiences on the Mahe, the most populated island of the archipelago at Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove and also at the French cultural centre of L’Alliance Francaise, located in the capital of Victoria.
Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 km (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south. It is the smallest population of any independent African state, however it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is also a part of the Vanilla Islands.
Alliance Francaise invited the artist to Seychelles as part of their cultural program to promote French in the archipelago. The artist’s performance in Seychelles was in honour of the 300th anniversary of the death of Dom Pérignon, the inventor of the famously bubbly drink of champagne.
Dom Pierre Pérignon, O.S.B., (December 1638 – 14 September 1715) was a French Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production and quality of champagne wine in an era when the region’s wines were predominantly still red. The famous champagne Dom Pérignon, the prestige cuvée of Moët & Chandon, is named for him. The remains of the monastery where he spent his adult life is now the property of that winery.