Hibiscus Culturiste is the company created by Marvin M’toumo (1994, lives and works between Paris and Geneva), an artist whose singular poetry claims to go beyond the academic distinctions between art, theatre, literature and fashion. He expresses his sensibility in the fluidity of a decompartmentalized practice, where he places identities, stereotypes and archetypes at the centre of a critical poetics filled with symbols, humour and dramaturgy.
He graduated from the National Superior School of the Villa Arson in Nice in 2016, where he created various performances: sound performances such as Cahr (2014), dance performances such as Kouros (2015) and tableaux vivants such as Farofa (2015). He also directed his first two short films, La Partir( 2015), Les Fulgurances( 2016) and Ibis (2018). He also worked on several literary texts, including Blé ( 2016), Devoçaos (2017) and Larmes Modèles (2019). In 2017 he joined the Fashion and Accessory Design section of the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) from which he graduated in 2019. He designed the costumes and performed at the Théâtre de l’Usine for the play So long lives this, and this gives life to thee by Kayije Kagame (2019) and Avec Grace, he designed the costumes for Sans Grace at the Théâtre du Grütli in Geneva and at L’Arsenic in Lausanne (2020). He designed a costume for the play Showroom by Igor Cardellini, Rébecca Balestra and Tomas Gonzalez at the Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne and at the festival La Bâtie in Geneva (2021).
At the same time he is a finalist for the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation Excellence Award (2019). He was one of the finalists of the prestigious Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival at the Villa Noailles where he won the prestigious Chloé Prize with his collection Chien Fleur (2020). He is currently collaborating with Lognon (Chanel 2021) and Jean Paul Gaultier for a capsule collection of Marvin M’toumo x Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear entitled Les Marins ( 2021).
Concours de larmes
Concours de larmes takes us into a poetic, entertaining and cathartic arena where we confront our experiences of crying. The sad clown, the drama queen, the weeper or the crocodile tears, it is through these archetypal figures that they question this old patriarchal idea that it is necessary to be a woman. The Contest of tears takes us into a poetic, entertaining and cathartic arena where we confront our experiences of crying. The sad clown, the drama queen, the weeper or the crocodile tears, it is through these archetypal figures that they question this old patriarchal idea that we must “de-dramatize” our pains, our angers and our sorrows. Together, they give themselves the time and space to tell and live our tears, sometimes funny, disturbing, provocative, tender and often powerful.
Performers _ Davide Christelle Sanve, Chienne de garde, Elie Autin, Clarisse Charlot Buon, Marvin M’toumo
Costumes, scenography, writing _ Marvin M’toumo
Director _ Marvin M’toumo
Assistant director _ Clarisse Charlot-Buon
Make-up art _ Chaïm Vischel
Sound writing _ Victoria Pacheco
Lighting _ Alessandra Domingues
Administration _ Anna Ladeira – Le Voisin
Co-production _ TU – Théâtre de l’Usine
With the support of the City of Geneva, the Loterie romande