AFP, published on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 21:00
Béatrice Dalle, Jarvis Cocker or even Arthur H: This is the royal cast of the Printemps de Bourges for the stage farewell of Brigitte Fontaine, 82, an unruly singer, between poetry and sweet madness.
Obviously, “la Reine des Kékés”, nickname inherited from their album “Kékéland”, does not do what was agreed to evoke this show scheduled for Wednesday. The phone interview with AFP is like you, except.
As we say the words “farewell to the scene,” singer-songwriter défouraille says, “That’s absolutely stupid, I never said that, and neither did the opposite”. “Like saying that I’m a great artist, it’s completely ridiculous, I’m a + modern poetic thriller +”. A “modern poetic thriller” then.
Another flash when we talk to him about certain guests for his evening, such as musician Rebeka Warrior or actress Anna Mouglalis: “They say that I have chosen people that I really like, but I don’t know them, that’s how it is it begins and how it ends, I don’t know if this evening will happen for me, the others will be there”.
– “Fucking Night” –
“Brigitte, we are passionate liars, we do what you want, have fun with AFP Boris Vedel, Director of Printemps. She wanted to call + Closing Night + tonight, but now she wants + Fucking Night +”.
The singer insists she takes care of the guests she cherishes. “Béatrice Dalle, we’re kind of friends, she almost acted in a play I wrote, but it didn’t happen.” “Philippe Katerine, oh yes I really like him as does Arthur H”. “Jarvis Cocker (ex-leader of Pulp), I really wanted him, he will certainly take part in my next record, just like Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth, his group, was already present on + Kékéland +, he will not be in Bourges )”.
Because the adventure continues on disc, even if there are health problems.
What she reveals in passing questions her memories of Printemps, where she performed in 1978.
“I don’t really have any memories. I don’t see the future, I’m too short-sighted. The present: I have severe pain everywhere, the vertebrae, the diaphragm, the gums, the teeth, the feet, but the state of health is not very interesting”.
Before she ends the conversation (“You’ll see how the evening will be when you come, I never know beforehand”), she pays her one last compliment. “Kervern and Delépine are not boring in their work, I like them a lot, they are nice”.
– “A Revolt” –
“Ah, I thought she would say + I hate her + (laughs) I’m glad we escaped her anger,” Gustave Kervern comments to AFP.
With his accomplice director Benoît Delépine, he will reinterpret one of his songs “C’est normal” on stage.
“There is always substance, social, a revolt, in this song there is a fire in a building occupied by undocumented migrants”, complete for AFP Benoît Delépine.
Kervern and Delépine turned it around in their film “Le grand soir”. “We caught her on CCTV as she crossed a hypermarket parking lot in a cheese cart, swearing and letting people who were hallucinating walk away,” recalls Delépine. “She wanted to wear her leather helmet, which she always wears when she’s south of the Loire (laughs)”.
“She stands for poetry, the absolutely unpredictable. She has a way of playing with words, of grasping them, that is unique to her,” emphasizes Delépine again.
“We want to give him so much credit, through his personality and his work, he is a treasure of this country,” Kervern said. His speech is free when everyone practices the language of the wood. She’s unique, we can expect everything, even that she’s not in Bourges (laughs)”.