In Attends, attends, attends… (pour mon père), the son has an imaginary exchange of thoughts with his father. A dialogue in which he bids his father to wait and be patient. He asks his father to open himself up to his son’s time. He asks his father to withdraw into his son in order to become a child again and prepare for death. The son reveals himself as Charon, the ferryman that prepares the father for the last passage. He knows death like no other. Like the performer he has become, he’s a specialist in dying. Every night again he allows death and birth to come. Every night again he crosses the Styx, he is after all the accomplice of the spiritual, he awakens phantoms and sends them back to their heaven and hell from which they were born. He knows his role well, it’s one he has played so often. Father will you join me?
For this solo, Jan Fabre was inspired by the life of Cédric Charron, a performer with whom he has been working closely since As long as the world needs a warrior’s soul (2000).