Born in 1770 in England, James Tilly Matthews, the first case of schizophrenia ever diagnosed and studied, wrote a journal throughout his interment. He was the subject of trailblazing works, such as a monograph by doctor Haslam, which reused Matthews's theories about influencing machines and the creation of events of which he believed he was a victim.

Based on his illustrated notes about the various plots and the strange energy beams he thought were directed at him, Frédéric Ferrer and Simon Tangy offer a new reading of the effects observed by doctor Haslam. But when their words and their bodies start meddling with the questions they're discussing, the conference gets out of hand and they start fully experiencing what they're talking about.



Conception & Interpretation Frédéric Ferrer & Simon Tanguy

Photography Nathalie Sternalski



Production Compagnie Propagande C & Vertical Détour


Coproduction Festival d’Avignon, SACD


Support Musée de la danse – Rennes / Compagnie Sambre / Medikdom – Avignon / Marzena Krzeminska / Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Nathalie Sternalski