Encyclopédie de la parole Joris Lacoste / Pierre-Yves Macé – Suite nº3

[Theater / Music]

With Suite n°3, the artists of the Encylcopédie de la parole pursue their exploration of the real via the prism of everyday language. Accompanied by the composer Pierre-Yves Macé, they give us violent words to be heard (accompanied by the piano) that have been freshly gathered across the whole of Europe.

After Suite n°1 performed in nine splutters of language by twenty-three performers, and then Suite no°2, in which a quintet of virtuoso performers explored the shapes and powers of contemporary spoken words, Suite n°3 takes the form of a small-scale “spoken opera” for two singers and a pianist. In this instance, these are words gleaned from all over the European Union, rendered up, as ever, in terms of their orality, by respecting their melodic, rhythmic, dynamic and tonal nuances. On this occasion, however, a piano accompanies them onstage in order to underline or bring out their inflections, set them into counterpoint or even competition with each other, and open up unexpected spaces for hearing. This mechanism makes them sound like lieder, folklore tunes, opera recitals, pop songs or melodies from French music. For Joris Lacoste and Pierre-Yves Macé, who composed the score, they are a way of finding the right distance, appropriate strategy and strain of humour for us to be able to hear in an entirely unique way these most common of words, many of which are often the most sorry ones, and which make up our world.

Running time: 1h30

Languages : English, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, Croatian, Danish, Maltese, Italian, Gaelic, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Bulgarian, Swedish, Greek, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovenian