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Projects

La voix du Trait

On an intimate stage, the calligrapher draws the 22 Hebrew letters, one by one. According to the Sefer Yetzirah, these letters form the basis of the universe. Simultaneously a creation myth and a linguistic treatise, the Sefer Yetzirah is the ancient book at the heart of Jewish mysticism. Its wisdom inspired Frank Lalou’s text, La Voix du Trait, which lends it title to this program.

The rhythm of Lalou’s gestures is projected live on a screen, while the sound of his pen on paper is amplified by the custom-made calamophone. The audience is invited into worlds both real and virtual, both acoustic and electronic, for a unique experience in the lively solitude of the calligrapher, who occupies the stage together with the musicians. Throughout, Oren Boneh's music investigates the dizzying space between the noise all around us and the quiet rituals that give shape to chaos.

15.03.24 Espace Senghor, Brussels (première) 

03.05.24 La Boverie, Liège (festival Images Sonores) 

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Vortex Temporum

Ensemble Fractales performs Gérard Grisey's masterpiece from the spectral movement, Vortex Temporum, accompanied by live painting by artist Dimitri Bardunov. The piece is made up of three movements, each presenting its own time-scale: the measured time of humans, the super-slow time of whales, and the frenetically rapid time of insects. 

Using the surfaces around the musicians in the hall as his playground, Dimitri Bardunov will animate Fractales’ performance of Vortex Temporum by painting improvised organic forms along with the music, inspired by the three time-scales of the piece.

Antigone in the Dark  

with Rita Matos Alves, soprano Lorenzo Caròla, librettist Mathieu Collard, mise en scène François d'Alcamo, images Rose Alenne, costumes Manuela Rastaldi, choreography Stéphane Orlando, composition and direction

"Where were you, Creon?” This heartbreaking cry of Antigone, addressed to King Creon shortly before finishing his life locked in a cave, still resonates today. Where was he? Where was the Authority when Antigone’s younger brothers massacred each other? Why didn’t he try to defuse the conflict, to promote prevention over repression?

Pierrot Lunaire

by Arnold Schoenberg  

with Sarah Defrise, soprano

Ironic, both tender and grotesque, influenced by cabaret songs, Schoenberg composed his Pierrot Lunaire around texts by the Belgian symbolist poet

Albert Giraud. The work marks the invention of Sprechgesang (spoken-sung declamation), and is one of the first atonal works. His original instrumentation went on to have a great impact on 20th-century chamber-music composition.

Kaze to Arashi

by David Achenberg

Achenberg’s original score FURARI slowly opens and then gradually dissolves, accompanying Rambalac’s video of a stroll through modern Tokyo. A powerful and fragile vision of Japan’s immutable energy.

ECO RICERCATA

 

Shot in 2021 at Dada Studios for Le Senghor, supported by Céline Rallet, with ensemble Fractales: Gian Ponte, Renata Kambarova, Diego Amaral Coutinho, Marion Borgel and Benjamin Maneyrol.

Music by Denis Bosse is given an additional dimension through the video of Isabelle Françaix and the lighting by Thomas François. With the electronic participation of Xavier Meeus from the Centre Henri Pousseur and the support of Lorenzo Caròla from the Forum de la Création Musicale.

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