Gauguin’s turtle

The show

Release date 2017

Our artistic aim is to give the spectator an original look at art (beyond museums and galleries and other spaces where static images are shown), in particular, painting, video, shadow work, etc., by putting the live creation of these images into a theatrical space, where the movements and physical work of the artists form an integral part of the whole. Through the magic of theatre we want to evoke and exalt the mysteries and the ambiguities of art; the images are wrought in real time, without any artifice, and, in keeping with the ephemeral and volatile spirit of theatre, destroyed at once.

Amongst other things we would like to invoke or even celebrate images (in the widest sense of the term) produced by “poor” artists (“poor” meaning with few resources, but rich in spirit), artists who do not care if we label them “outsiders” or “popular” or “unusual”.


I heard that during one of his stays in the Marquesas Islands, Paul Gauguin had the idea of painting directly on the shell of a young live turtle lost on a beach. I like to think that, thanks to this species’ long life span, one of the painter’s works, far from the avarice of speculators, still continues to swim back and forth today in the ocean depths, in its own little mobile museum.
What anecdote could be more appropriate to illustrate our desire to offer the public a singular vision of art and particularly of painting?
Our idea is not to do this on the ocean waves of Polynesia but rather in the floods of urban traffic, right in the middle of a crossroads or a public place, setting up our vast easel there beforehand. Our live music and the voices of our narrator and the painters themselves will replace the sound of the waves and the wailing of the wind in coconut trees, which must have been the background noise for Gauguin’s activity.

Luc Amoros

« La tortue de Gauguin » (Polyptyque en mouvement)


Writer and director : Luc Amoros
Music : Alexis Thépot
Choreography : Eric Lutz
Costumes : Pauline Kocher
Artistes : Léa Noygues / Lou Amoros-Augustin / Brigitte Gonzalez / Suzanne Berelowitch / Thomas Rebischung / Sylvie Eder / Emmanuel Perez / Ignacio Plaza Ponce
Technical manager : Vincent Frossard
Lights : Vincent Frossard
Sound : Thomas Kaiser
Stage : Nicolas Jaeck
Administration : Mathieu Desanlis

Partenaires : le Fourneau, Centre National des Arts de la Rue (Brest)
Atelier 231, Centre National des Arts de la Rue à Sotteville-lès-Rouen
Le Parapluie, Centre international de création artistique à Aurillac
Aide à la création :
Le Moulin Fondu, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et de l’Espace Public (CNAREP)
Les Ateliers Frappaz, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et dans l’espace public, Villeurbanne
Cadhame, collectif de la Halle Verrière de Meisenthal avec le soutien du Conseil Départemental de la Moselle (57)

Avec l’aide de :
La DGCA - collège arts de la rue
l’Adami ( L’Adami gère et fait progresser les droits des artistes-interprètes en France et dans le monde. Elle les soutient également financièrement pour leurs projets de création et de diffusion.
LA SPEDIDAM est une société de perception et de distribution qui gère les droits des artistes interprètes en matière d’enregistrement, de diffusion et de réutilisation des prestations enregistrées
Fonds SACD Musique de Scène

La Compagnie Lucamoros est en convention avec le Ministère de la Culture et de la communication- DRAC Grand Est, et régulièrement soutenue par le Conseil Régional Grand Est ainsi que le Conseil Départemental du Bas-Rhin.