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    Festival d’Automne à Paris
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Encyclopédie de la parole


Emmanuelle Lafon


    • Théâtre Paris-Villette
      October 13 to October 29
    • Centre Pompidou
      November 8 to November 11
    • Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi - Scène conventionnée pour la diversité linguistique
      November 26 to November 28
    • T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers
      December 4 to December 9

    With Blablabla, Joris Lacoste and Emmanuelle Lafon will be orchestrating, for the first time, a children’s version of their Encyclopédie de la parole. In this piece, devised using recordings of all different kinds, an actress-singer-performer will be exploring how children hear. Thus, the question is not what is their point of view, but what is their “point of hearing” ? This show is destined for adult and child listeners alike.
    There are no characters, no story, with a beginning, middle and end. Just words. A hundred or so of them, taken from a wide variety of sources which, when pieced together and spoken by a single voice, conjure up in the minds of spectators, young and old alike, a drama all of its own.Directed by Emmanuelle Lafon and composed by Joris Lacoste, Blablabla draws upon the slightest oral inflections of each word. It might be Mrs McGonagall greeting Hogwarts’ young witches and wizards, Jean-Pierre Pernaut presenting the day’s events on TF1, a break-time game of cops and robbers, the conductor welcoming us aboard the TGV n°1456 train, a speaking toy, a rapper rapping, the queen of hearts wanting to make some heads roll or Radouane’s fits of laughter... What do we hear, in terms of their meaning, when these words are taken out of their context and turned into sound matter? And how do children perceive what they hear at school, at home, in the street, or on the television? Via a special sound device, designed by Ircam for the occasion, the actress-singer-performer Armelle Dousset experiments with her voice and summons up an array of different characters. For the last ten years, the Encyclopédie de la parole has been exploring what is real through the medium of human language. This is the first time the collective has devised a family show, suitable for audiences aged 6 years old upwards.


    Composed by Joris Lacoste
    Directed by, Emmanuelle Lafon
    Performer, Armelle Dousset
    Sound design, Vladimir Kudryavtsev
    Lighting design and stage management, Marianne Pelcerf
    Light, Daniel Levy
    Tour stage managers,  Daniel Levy, Hervé Frichet or Philippe Montémont
    Assistant director, Lucie Nicolas
    Coordination of the sound documents collection, Valérie Louys
    Collectors Julie Lacoste, Armelle Dousset, Emmanuelle Lafon, Lucie Nicolas, Elise Simonet, and Valérie Louys
    Production and distribution, Judith Martin/Ligne Directe
    IT-based musical collaboration, Ircam Augustin Muller

    A production by Échelle 1:1 1 (a registered company under the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France) // Co-produced by La Villette (Paris) in partnership with Ligne Directe // A co-production with La Villette (Paris) ; Le Volcan, scène nationale du Havre ; Théâtre de Lorient-centre dramatique national ; La Bâtie – Festival de Genève ; Théâtre L’Aire Libre ; Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // In association with Théâtre Paris-Villette ; La Villette (Paris) ; Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at Théâtre Paris-Villette // In association with Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; Théâtre de la Ville-Paris ; Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at Centre Pompidou // In association with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers // With support from Ircam // Artists residency à La Villette (Paris), at Théâtre Paris-Villette // First performed on 9th September 2017 at La Bâtie – Festival de Genève