In 2013, L’Encyclopédie de la parole initiated a cycle of four "Choral Suites" all based on the same principle: the live reproduction of documents taken from the Encyclopédie de la parole's audio collection.
The first piece of this series, Suite n°1 'ABC', presents a selection of extracts from the Encyclopédie de la parole’s collection of sound documents, performed by a chorus in unison.
The choral form of the performance permits different distributions and divisions in the spoken score – unissons, polyphonies, canons, superimpositions, harmonizations. The chorus orchestrates the dissolution of individuals into the form that the words themselves take on, making them the piece’s veritable main characters. By putting the rumors, expressions, phrasing and inflections from our actual daily life on stage, by multiplying styles, registers, interpretations, languages, fictions and compositional ploys, the Encyclopédie de la parole’s Suites chorales offers us the opportunity to revive one of theater’s most ancient functions: putting a human community face-to-face with its own mirror speech.
’ABC’, the composition’s title, refers as much to the method as to “first steps.” The score is devoted to putting a few distinguishing features of human speech on display: the abc’s, the babbling, the blabla, the hubbub, the basic vocabulary, the joy of talking for talking’s sake, the game of translation and the pleasure of languages that we don’t understand.
Traversing situations that have nothing to do with one another, jostling together both unique and ordinary ways of talking, the piece puts forward, like an empirical grammar of our common orality, an ABC of ordinary speech in nine languages and four parts, with twenty-two actors (including 11 guests).' Conception: Encyclopédie de la parole
' Composition and direction: Joris Lacoste
' Cast: Ese Brume, Hans Bryssinck, Geoffrey Carey or Théodoor Kooijman, Frédéric Danos, Delphine Hecquet, Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nuno Lucas, Barbara Matijevic, Olivier Normand, Marine Sylf, et 11 invités.
' Assistance and collaboration: Elise Simonet
' Light design: Koen De Saeger and Florian Leduc
' Technical management: Florian Leduc
' Costumes: Nathalie Lermytte.
' Languages: English, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Italien, Hebrew.
' Invited document collectors: Constantin Alexandrakis, Grégory Castéra, Annie Dorsen, Myriam Van Imschoot, Anneke Lacoste, Loreto Troncoso Martinez, Sabine Macher, Barbara Matijevic, Olivier Normand, Berno Odo Polzer.
' Languages coaches: Anneke Lacoste, Sabine Macher, Chiara Gallerani.
' Production: Frédérique Payn et Marc Pérennès
' Administration: Marc Pérennès ’ Production: Échelle 1:1 (compagnie conventionnée par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France).
' Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles), Parc de la Villette- résidence d'artistes (Paris), Théâtre Universitaire (Nantes), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Festival d'Automne à Paris, Théâtre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil-centre dramatique national, Studio-Théâtre de Vitry (Vitry-sur-Seine), Macval (Vitry-sur-Seine).
' With support from the Institut français for the Théâtre Export project, the Centre National du Théâtre, and artistic participation from the Jeune Théatre National. Suite #1 was co-produced by NXTSTP with support from the European Union’s Cultural Program.
Created at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, May 18th, 2013.
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