• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 8.–17. March 2018
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • I Apologize (FR)
  • Opening Concert
  • Thursday 8, 20:00–21:00

“Verna and his boys, Xavier Boussiron, Gauthier Tassart and Julien Tiberi, have no equal to provide to these classics of the genre the scope of an anguishing musical tale, a sensuality on the surface of the skin that evokes men’s sirens stilted in their glittering scales.”

– The ARTchemists

I Apologize is a band of French visual artists, performers and musicians, who create their personal tribute to a wide-ranging repertoire of great songs (Siouxsie and the Banshees, T-Rex, Sex Pistols, Donna Summer, Barbara, Cerrone), reworking bits of music or melodies, mixing and twisting them with their own songs. Recently re-formed with a new guitarist, and led by the deep and warm voice of founder and singer, Jean-Luc Verna, they create the suggestion of a theatrical musical tale; one that could be defined as electro-dark, sensual and cabaret-ish, with an ambiguous smile. Marked by underground culture, punk and its daring, Jean-Luc Verna is “queer” in the original sense of the word – that is to say, transgressive.

Watch video here

  • Norwegian premiere

I Apologize have played together since 2010 at venues throughout Europe, including France (Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou, Paris), Switzerland and Italy (Venice Biennale). Jean-Luc Verna is a multi-media visual artist, whose artistic practice embraces drawing, photography, sculpture, music, dance, performance and cinema. Using his body as a canvas, he creates “photo­graphic self-­portraits”, that cross art history and rock culture.

  • Voice: Jean-Luc Verna
  • Keyboards: Gauthier Tassart
  • Guitar: Xavier Boussiron
  • Drums: Julien Tibéri