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Encyclopédie de la parole / Joris Lacoste

Suite nº2


    • T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers
      October 1 to October 11

    The Encyclopédie de la parole, an observatory of the human word, looks into what is real taking everyday language as its guide. Since 2007, this collective has been listing and classifying a sprawling collection of recordings which it makes public in different projects (website, performances, conferences, games and exhibitions). Suite n° 2, the second installment in the “Suites chorales” cycle makes a dramatic entrance: composed for a quintet of performers, it hinges on the orchestration of words which have an effect on our world. The voices we hear do many things: promise, threaten, make declarations of love or war, thank, exhort, reach crisis point, pray, kill and decide. Composed by Joris Lacoste and given harmony by the compositor Pierre-Yves Macé, this muddle of words, stemming from contemporary recordings and reproduced live on stage, makes for an action-based show in which all the various impacts and turns of events take place in the minds of the spectators. Spoken in around fifteen different foreign languages, these words echo each other through virtuoso counterpoints, whilst the different situations create a layer effect, coupled with accelerating rhythms and rising suspense. Barthes defined tragedy in the writing of Racine as “word-action”, the purpose of which was to bring attention to balance of power relations. The theatre for hearing found in Suite n° 2 confronts audience members with modern-day words and, via their different timbres and tempos, nuances and accents, makes us listen in a different way to the words, exclamations and commands that shape our world.

    Concept, Encyclopédie de la parole
    Composition and direction, Joris Lacoste
    Musical creation, Pierre-Yves Macé
    With Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nuno Lucas, Barbara Matijevic, Olivier Normand
    Assistance and collaboration, Élise Simonet
    Lightning design, video, technique, Florian Leduc
    Sound design, Stéphane Leclercq
    Costume design, Ling Zhu

    An Échelle 1:1 production // In coproduction with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; Festival d’Automne à Paris ; Asian Culture Complex – Asian Arts Theater Gwangju, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; Théâtre de Vidy ; Steirischer Herbst Festival ; Théâtre Agora-Seinendan ; La Villette – artists residencies 2015 ; Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine ; Rotterdamse Schouwburg // NXTST with support from the EU Cultural Programme // In partnership with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // With support from l’Institut Français as part of the CIRCLES initiative, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, l’Usine – scène conventionnée (Tournefeuille) // With support from Adami // With support from ONDA // First performed on 8 May 2015 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)