In 1935, American writer Horace McCoy depicted in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" the grim spectacle of individuals plunged into poverty, compelled to dance to exhaustion for a few dollars to entertain a sensation-hungry public. After an initial film adaptation by Sydney Pollack in 1969, the dark novel has been taken on to collaboratively craft a new dance-theater form, bringing together forty-five dancers, actors, and musicians on stage.
Adaptation, direction, and choreography: Bruno Bouché, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Daniel San Pedro
Assistant director and dramaturgy: Aurélien Hamard-Padis
Set design: Aurélie Maestre, Bogna Grażyna Jaroslawski
Costumes: Caroline de Vivaise
Lighting: Alban Sauvé
Sound: Nicolas Lespagnol-Rizzi