NOTHING ELSE MATTRESS
A collaboration with Nicolas Puyjalon
Part 1 : Inflation of the mattresses
Mouth / Compressor / Foot pump + Stacking up of the mattresses.
Part 2 : Setting up of the “Prepared mattresses” with wind instruments ( Melodicas, flute harmonicas, whistles, a megaphone) are mounted on the valves and Keyboards are placed in between the mattresses.
Part 3: Deflation of the Mattresses by jumping on top of the pile till total deflation.
The performance starts with the extreme roaring of an air compressor and an armada of blue inflatable mattresses covering the floor. Nicolas onsets the action of blowing-up one air mattress out of his lung while Zabo with the compressor and a foot pump manages to inflate ten of them. The prepared "Princess of the Pea" bed is ready, keyboards are placed in between the mattresses and wind instruments to the valves: three melodicas, one harmonica, two whistles and one flute.
To play this Gargantuan instrument Nicolas and Zabo have to jumps on top and battle against the elements of air and gravity. While the accomplices feel like they are drifting on the Raft of the Medusa, the audience builds up into a collective hysteria as if they were all on a roller coaster and the construction does collapses... Second try, they go overboard again and again until the moment of grace when they finally manage to tame the instrument by holding on to each other, resting all the way through the slow descent while a tortuous cacophonous drone sound comes out of the prepared valves. Once the diflation is getting closer to the ground, Zabo connects a megaphone to amplify the last breath of the instrument while Nicolas rolls the mattresses into a solid rock. The piece ends as they let themselves fall backwards still holding on to the rock and
to one another. Nothing else mattress...