Encyclopédie de la parole

Joris Lacoste / Pierre-Yves Macé – Suite nº3

Archive 2020

 Concept, Encyclopédie de la parole
Composed and directed by Joris Lacoste
Composition and musical creation by Pierre-Yves Macé
Performed by Denis Chouillet (piano), Bianca Iannuzzi (soprano) and Laurent Deleuil (barytone)
Sound, Stéphane Leclercq
Costumes, Ling Zhu
Singing master, Vincent Leterme
Vocal coach, Valérie Philippin
Artistic collaboration, Élise Simonet
Produced by Échelle 1 :1 in partnership with Ligne Directe
Coproduced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; La Comédie de Reims – CDN ; and Sao Luiz Teatro / Alkantara festival (Lisbon) ; Le phénix scène nationale de Valenciennes pôle européen de création ; Théâtre Garonne – scène européenne (Toulouse) ; Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere) ; Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival ; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt) ; Théâtre de la Ville-Paris ; Points communs, nouvelle scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
In association with Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil, centre dramatique national ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
With support from l’Institut Français (Paris), and Ville de Saint-Denis – Conservatoire de musique et de danse et de Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national
Suite nº3 is coproduced by NXTSTP with support from the European Union Cultural Programme
Echelle 1:1 is accredited by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Île-de-France and receives financial support from Région Île-de-France
First performed on the 10th October 2017 at Théâtre Garonne – scène européenne (Toulouse)
In partnership with France Culture

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