Encyclopédie de la parole

Joris Lacoste – Suite nº1 (redux)

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Concept, Encyclopédie de la parole
Composed and directed by Joris Lacoste
Musical direction, Nicolas Rollet
With Ese Brume, Geoffrey Carey, Frédéric Danos, Delphine Hecquet, Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Nuno Lucas, and Marine Sylf ; and the following students from CFA d’Asnières : Mathilde Cessinas, Léa Delmart, Inès Do Nascimento, Baptiste Dupuy, Rafaela Jirkowsky, Martin Jobert, Pierre-Antoine Lenfant, Juliette Malfray, Fany Otalora, Ulysse Robin, Nino Rocher, Damien Sobieraff, Blanche Sottou, Kim Verschueren
Costumes, Nathalie Lermytte
Lighting design (creation), Koen De Saeger, and Florian Leduc
Lighting design (re-creation), Florian Leduc
Produced by Échelle 1 :1
Coproduced by Le Studio – École Supérieure de Comédiens par l’Alternance (Asnières) ; T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
In association with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
First performed on the 18th May 2013 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
Echelle 1:1 is accredited by the Ministry of Culture / Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Île-de-France and receives financial support from Région Île-de-France.
In partnership with France Culture

An introduction to the series of choral suites, Suite n°1 is an ABC exploration of our everyday orality using forty or so documents reproduced in unison by a choir. The orchestration effect of this virtuoso choir is the dissolution of the individual, making way for the true character of the piece: the spoken word.

Suite n°1 inaugurates a series of choral suites composed by Joris Lacoste in order to explore several dimensions of sound restitution, such as unison, superposition, vocal counterpoint and musical harmony. In line with this very specific line of approach, each show in the series enables us to hear a different part of the Encyclopédie de la parole’s collection, enriched by numerous sound documents specially collected for the occasion. In Suite n°1, a choir explores in unison certain fundaments of the spoken human word: the b.a.-ba, blabla, brouhaha, basic vocabulary, the pleasure of speaking for speaking, the game of translation and the joy of languages we do not understand. By experiencing situations which have nothing to do with each other, and entering into collision modes of speaking which are as commonplace as they are unique, the piece brings into existence a sort of empirical grammar of our common orality. This ABC of the ordinary spoken word will be re-created for the Festival by fifteen apprentice actors from the Asnières studio-théâtre accompanied for the purpose of these first scales by seven actors from the original cast in addition to their choir leader, Nicolas Rollet.

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