The light has momentarily disappeared and with it colors and outlines. In the dark only sounds remain. Nestled in an underground quarry, five voices chant an eroded code. They emit from Chôra, a mantic radio. Each of their words begins with "the image may contain." It is followed by an inventory of things and objects. In this code are housed five sung formulas, which once sung bring out places and times. All contain traces of a unique ritornello, a song of consolation which we do not know if it reaches us from ancient times, present or future. Thus is shared the same refrain, the same landscape of protection of the past and the future, as if it was the future - the new morning - that was supposed to protect the past from its own defeats.
In the form of a fable, a modest opera offers a sensitive journey whose starting point is a rupture, a saving blindness: the dismissal of the regime of "seeing". From this infirmity other physical laws unfold and the voice becomes gaze and touch. The echo replaces the reflection and this tilt serves as a pretext for a metaphysical reflection on the invisible and the discreet forms of existence. Written for a small group of five performers, this modest opera oscillates between abstraction and song. It’s a hybrid form for set and radio. This piece exists in two versions: in English or French
conception, text & composition Myriam Pruvot
composition collaboration Valérie Leclercq
collaboration on texts and translation Estelle Saignes Tilbury
contribution to the composition by Sylvain Chauveau
outside ears & external eyes Myriam Van Imshoot, Yasmina Reggad
clothes advisor Oriane Leclercq
sound diffusion Christophe Hauser
with Ellen Giacone, Valérie Leclercq, Myriam Pruvot, Estelle Saignes Tilbury,
Jean-Baptiste Veyret Logérias
production Les Halles de Schaerbeek co-production La Pop, Festival Archipel Genève, La Soufflerie, scène conventionnée de Rézé, Fond d'Aide à la Création Radiophonique, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles support Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, gmem-CNCM-marseille, Atelier de Création Sonore Radiophonique, GMEA-centre national de création musicale d’Albi-Tarn, La Pop, le Théâtre de Vanves et Danse Dense dans le cadre de la Journée de Repérage Artistique 2020 résidences Kustencentrum BUDA, Pianofabriek, Maisons des Musiques. This project is laureat from the Phonurgia Nova Awards 2020.
4<6.11.21 La Pop, Paris / + rencontre avec la philosophe Pauline Nadrigny
11<12.02.2022 Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles
08.02.22 Festival Propagations, GMEM, Marseille
Fall 2022 La Soufflerie, Rézé