François Sarhan is a cellist, composer, writer, encyclopaedist, stop-motion artist and film-maker. Preferably all at the same time and with no divisions in between. He created Enough Already as an unseen Dadaist filmconcert, with live music and voices, two foley artists, a silent movie and moving collages reminiscent of Terry Gilliam and Max Ernst. Moreover, in Enough Already Sarhan himself performs on stage. Welcome to the multidisciplinary oeuvre of this artistic jack-of-all-trades.
The Scottish Red Note Ensemble plays, sings and speaks, actor-acrobat Claudio Stellato plays the main character in the silent movie and the two foley artists provide the accompanying slamming doors, footsteps and lorries passing by.
In Sarhans work, two characters regularly cross each other’s paths: Professor Glaçon – the personification of unbridled fantasy and also the author of an imaginary encyclopaedia – and Bobok, a fanatical naïve fellow who wanders around the city with the same encyclopaedia under his arm. Both characters are a sort of archetype, the two extremes of a scale, between which everyone else swings.
In Enough Already we follow Bobok on his trip; we see him wandering around in the city in search of an impossible Utopia, on the intersection between art, ideology and destruction. Enough Already is more than a story, it is a ramble, an all-embracing experience halfway between a crime story and a philosophical tragic-comedy. Just let yourself be carried along in Bobok’s absurd world!
images (c) Alister Gourlay - video (c) Laurie Irvine-Francisco Mallo
“This is a mind-boggling production which has an attention to detail – and depth of detail – which is rarely attempted. Let alone brought off.”**** thomdibdin.co.uk