blablabla is the Encyclopédie’s first production to take on a child’s-eye view. Made up of recordings of all kinds, this work explores the incredible range of uses and abilities of human speech. Everything from the commonplace to the enchanting, from documentary to fiction, from the media to our households, and from speech to song is brought together in an exhilarating whirlwind that breaks down the boundaries of our imaginations. Backed by a sophisticated audio arrangement, musician and dancer Armelle Dousset continuously transforms her voice to produce a multitude of characters, situations, and landscapes. Joris Lacoste and Emmanuelle Lafon, who have been contributing to the Encyclopédie de la parole for ten years, give us a taste of reality through the ears of human language. This time, the collective explores how children hear, and understand, the world around them.

Conception: Encyclopédie de la parole

Composition: Joris Lacoste

Staging: Emmanuelle Lafon

Performance: Armelle Dousset

Sound: Vladimir Kudryaytsev

Lighting and stage management: Daniel Lévy

Technical management: Laurent Mathias and Philippe Montémont

Staging assistant: Lucie Nicolas

Digital audio produced in collaboration with: Augustin Muller (IRCAM)

Audio research coordination: Valérie Louys

Researchers: Armelle Dousset, Julie Lacoste, Joris Lacoste, Emmanuelle Lafon, Valérie Louys, Lucie Nicolas, Elise Simonet.

Production and administration:  Edwige Dousset assisted by Justine Noirot

Produced by: Échelle 1:1 (company supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France) in association with Ligne Directe / Judith Martin and Marie Tommasini

Co-produced by: Festival d’Automne à Paris, La Villette - Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris - spectacles vivants, T2G - Théâtre de Gennevilliers - Centre dramatique national, Le Volcan - Scène nationale du Havre, Théâtre de Lorient - Centre dramatique national, La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, CPPC - Théâtre L’Aire Libre, with support from the IRCAM - Centre Pompidou.

Residency for new performer: Forum Jacques Prévert, Carros

Show hosted by a residency at La Villette - Paris and Made in TPV. This text was a laureate for the National Funding for Assisting the Creation of Dramatic Texts - Artcena.

Created at La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, September 9, 2017.

Length : 55min

Administration, production & distribution Edwige Dousset - +33 (0)6 13 43 11 29  -

Photo credit : Martin Argyroglo