Suite N°1

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.

Suite n°1 inaugurates a series of choral suites and enables us to hear a different part of the Encyclopédie de la parole’s collection allowing to explore several dimensions of sound restitution, such as unison, superposition, vocal counterpoint and musical harmony. The orchestration effect of this virtuoso choir is the dissolution of the individual, making way for the true character of the piece: the spoken word.

By experiencing situations which have nothing to do with each other, by combining contrasting modes of speaking, ordinary or unique, the piece brings into existence a sort of empirical grammar of our common orality : the abc’s, the babbling, the blabla, the hubbub, the basic vocabulary, the joy of talking for the sake of talking, the game of translation and the pleasure of languages that we don’t understand.

This ABC of the ordinary spoken word was re-created in 2020 for the Festival d’Automne with fourteen students from the Asnières studio-théâtre, along with  seven actors from the original cast and the choir leader, Nicolas Rollet.

Conception Encyclopédie de la parole

Composition and direction Joris Lacoste

Musical direction Nicolas Rollet

Distribution 2020 Ese Brume, Geoffrey Carey, Frédéric Danos, Delphine Hecquet, Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Nuno Lucas, Marine Sylf,  ; and the students of the CFA d’Asnières Mathilde Cessinas, Léa Delmart, Inès Do Nascimento, Baptiste Dupuy, Rafaela Jirkowsky, Martin Jobert, Pierre-Antoine Lenfant, Juliette Malfray, Fany Otalora, Ulysse Robin, Nino Rocher, Damien Sobieraff, Blanche Sottou, Kim Verschueren

Light design and technical management Florian Leduc

Direction intern Glenn Kerbiquet

Administration for the re-creation Edwige Dousset

Production and distribution for the re-creation Garance Crouillère

Invited archive collectors Constantin Alexandrakis, Grégory Castéra, Annie Dorsen, Myriam Van Imschoot, Anneke Lacoste, Loreto Troncoso Martinez, Sabine Macher, Barbara Matijević, Olivier Normand, Berno Odo Polzer.

Production Échelle 1:1 (company subsidized by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Île-de-France, by the Conseil régional d'Île-de-France and by the Institut Français de Paris for its tours abroad).

Coproduction for the re-creation Le Studio d’Asnières, T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers, centre dramatique national / Festival d’Automne à Paris » 

« With the artistic participation of the Studio – Ecole Supérieure de Comédiens par l’Alternance (ESCA). 

Re-creation on October 2nd 2020 at the T2G -  Théâtre de Gennevilliers

Photo Credit © Ctibor Bachratý

Duration 70 minutes

Languages French, English, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, German  

Original cast in 2013 Ese Brume, Hans Bryssinck, Geoffrey Carey ou Théodoor Kooijman, Frédéric Danos, Delphine Hecquet, Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nuno Lucas, Barbara Matijević, Olivier Normand, Marine Sylf, and 11 guests.

Assistance and collaboration Elise Simonet

Light design Koen De Saeger and Florian Leduc

Costumes Nathalie Lermytte

Production and administration in 2013  Frédérique Payn et Marc Pérennès


Co-production in 2013  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 the support of Institut français/ Théâtre Export, of Centre National du Théâtre, with the artistic participation of Jeune Théâtre National. Suite n°1 is co-produced by NXTSTP with the support of the European Union Culture Programme.

Creation of the first version in May 2013 at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels,

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

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