French theatre-maker Joris Lacoste translates language playfully and humorously into music to put a different perspective on our everyday communication.
Several languages with English surtitles
Talk following the performance on Fri 16/10
How can you put a sound archive on stage? Joris Lacoste began by sifting through his extensive audio collection for interesting material: news items, interviews, sound poems, sports news and political speeches. He then proceeded to process these items not only by playing with language, but also musically and rhythmically – finally creating “Suite n°2”, a kind of theatre for listening.
The Encyclopédie de la parole group founded by the French theatre-maker Joris Lacoste, a collective of artists from different genres, commenced the ambitious cycle of “Suites Chorales” in 2013 with the aim of exploring language and, at the same time, of translating it into music. Whereas Suite n°1 – “ABC” – was a choral oeuvre dealing with speech as such, be it political or literary, in “Suite n°2” five performers make up a virtuoso polyphonic choir to present forms of expressing language in the form of chamber music. The focus is on speeches that can be considered as acts. Words that invoke, promise, declare or poison love, that may even spark off wars and be deadly.
In collaboration with the composer Pierre-Yves Macé, Joris Lacoste creates a polyphonic text consisting of more than fifteen languages, a text that you may not always understand, but that is incredibly entertaining and allows us to hear language in totally new ways.
Concept Encyclopédie de la parole
Composition and direction Joris Lacoste
Music Pierre-Yves Macé
With Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nuno Lucas, Barbara Matijevic & Olivier Normand
Assistance und collaboration Elise Simonet
Light, video and technical management Florian Leduc
Sound Stéphane Leclercq
Costumes Ling Zhu
Production Dominique Bouchot, Judith Martin & Marc Pérennès
Project development Judith Martin
Produced by Echelle 1:1 (subsidised by Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Île-de-France) Co-produced by steirischer herbst, T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers / Festival d’Automne à Paris, Asian Culture Complex - Asian Arts Theater Gwangju, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Théâtre Agora-Seinendan, La Villette - résidences d’artistes 2015 &
Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine
Supported by Institut Français (Théâtre Export & CIRCLES) & Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil
Co-presented by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Residences with l'Usine, Scéne conventionnée
Head of project management Dominik Jutz
Project management Philipp Forthuber
Technical management Karl Masten
Technical management Grazer Spielstätten Kurt Schulz
Encyclopédie de la parole / Joris Lacoste (FR)
Joris Lacoste was born in 1973 and lives and works as a director and performance artist in Paris. Initially active as an author for various theatre and radio productions, Lacoste began to expand his creative focus by founding the “W” project group in 2004. Today his artistic biography resembles a patchwork of highly diverse formats and ranges from show (e.g. “Purgatoire”, 2007) and performance (e.g. “The Empty House”, 2012) through to exhibition (e.g. “12 Prepared Dreams”, 2012) and even the development of parlour game concepts (e.g. “The Block Game”, 2003). All of these fields are also combined in Encyclopédie de la parole, an art project initiated by Lacoste in 2007, with a group of musicians, directors, visual artists and writers. The collective concentrates on working with sound documents of all kinds – from advertising jingles through to speeches or fragments of film. From these various recordings they produce their equally diverse works. Whether it is an exhibition (“Collection”, 2011), concert (“Pièces Sonores”, 2007) or performance (“Suites Chorales”, 2013), the basis of each work is always sound and its effect on the audience.