A+B=X (1997)

Gilles Jobin

Premiere on December 4 1997, Theatre Arsenic – Festival Les Urbaines, Lausanne (Switzerland) 


A + B = X is a journey through the human mind and the healing of one’s own body. Half-man/half-woman, the bodies speak a strange language that corresponds to nothing but which means so much. Distortions and impositions, the body as a prison, the body as a living art object.

“I am Me and Me is about Me”

Franko B.

I continued my work where I left off in my last solo, Only You. Working chronologically, it made sense to start from there. The body as sculpture, the body as speech, the body as meaning, the images generated suggest more than they say. It is up to the viewer to look into his own self in order to give the presented images their true significance. My work is based on the complexity of the human mind and its relationship with the body, a modern vision of the body. I work using nudity, for its power of suggestion, like a costume.

My work deals with the body in the present, I deal with the blending of the sexes, not seen as uniformity but as a source of diversity and richness.

A+B=X. Arsenic 2014. Copyright Grégory Batardon


Choreography Gilles Jobin 
Music Franz Treichler and The Young Gods 
Lighting Daniel Demont 
Dancers 1997 Ana Pons Carrera, Gilles Jobin, Nuria de Ulibarri 
Dancers 2014 : Ruth Childs, Susana Panadès Diaz, Bruno Cezario 
Appearance on film Franko B, Ana Pons Carrera, Gilles Jobin, Nuria de Ulibarri 
Films Gilles Jobin 
Light technician Marie Predour 
Sound technician Gilles Jobin

Production 1997 Artsadmin – London 
Coproduction Theatre Arsenic (Lausanne, CH), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, CH), Maison des Arts (Thonon-Evian, F) and FAR Festival des Arts Vivants (Nyon, CH) 
Supports Pro Helvetia, The Arts Council of Switzerland, Loterie Romande, Migros, Corodis, Canton de Vaud and Ville de Lausanne.

Production 2011 Cie Gilles Jobin – Genève 
Supports Swiss Cultural Center, Paris; Loterie romande 
Gilles Jobin benefits of a triennal associated support from the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia. 
Gilles Jobin is an associated artist of Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy.