For the final installment in its series of Suites, l’Encyclopédie de la parole has chosen to make you hear the raw material that provides the basis for its performances: the recorded voices of its sound collection.
No longer is it actors that give life to lost voices, but t´he speakers themselves who return from the past to speak with their own voices, their original melody, their unique tone, their own breath.
Set to music by Sébastien Roux, the words sound out from the stage, carrying with them spaces, images, situations, frictions, blocs of tension or emotion, major or insignificant events – a thousand living details captured by the recording, played once again for us.
As in opera, the voices are supported, carried, transported by the instrumental accompaniment: performed by eight musicians, Pierre-Yves Macé’s score shifts our listening to reveal hidden textures. Blending the acoustic and the electric, displaying unusual combinations of timbres, the composition exacerbates perception and gives rise to emotions that are literally beyond words.
A kind of theatre of spirits then, but with living ghosts who speak, whisper, shout, address, laugh, converse, count, recount, explain, preach and console, rage and encourage, desire and regret, pray and give thanks, dance and suffer and live and do not want to die.
By focusing on the minute and infinite modulations of human speech, Suite No. 4 is a celebration of the most lively and the most fleeting: a way for ‘the music of dear voices heard no more’ to ring out for one last time.
'Conception : Encyclopédie de la parole & Ictus
'Composition and music : Pierre-Yves Macé and Sébastien Roux
'Dramaturgy and direction : Joris Lacoste
Hugo Abraham (double bass), Tom De Cock (micro-percussion, vibraphone, timpani), Chryssi Dimitriou (double bass flute, bass flute, G flute), Annie Lavoisier (harp), Luca Piovesan (accordion), Jean-Luc Plouvier (electronic keyboard), Eva Reiter (Paetzold flute, viola da gamba), Primož Sukič (electric guitar, acoustic guitar)
'Collectors : Joris Lacoste and Elise Simonet
'Sound : Alexandre Fostier
'Light design and video : Florian Leduc
'Graphic creation : Oscar Lozano Pérez
'Artistic collaboration : Elise Simonet
'Production : Encyclopédie de la parole (with support from Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France and from Conseil Régional d’Ile de France) / Ictus (with support from the European Commission, Vlaamse Overheid and Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommisie)
'Coproduction : in progress Festival d’automne à Paris, MC93 Bobigny, Wiener Festwochen, KunstenFestivalDesArts, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Festival Musica Strasbourg…
Estimated duration 1h30
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