Joris Lacoste

SUITE Nº 1 «ABC» - Encyclopédie de la Parole

The sermon of a TV evangelist, the babbling of two toddlers, an ad for shampoo, the micro-phone check at an Occupy Wall Street protest, the chitter chatter of an audience before a performance: what do they have in common?

Encyclopédie de la Parole is a group of artists, academics, and curators. Since 2007 they have been collecting all sorts of oral recordings in all possible languages and structuring them according to cadence, melody, choral nature, and stress. From this collection, they distill a series of very diverse artistic projects, ranging from exhibitions to performances.

In Suite nº 1 «ABC», an international choir of 22 performers presents a selection from this col-lection of recordings. Treated as very exact scores, even the most ordinary, most trivial words assume a strangeness that makes us hear them differently.

Suite n°1 «ABC» is, in its essence, a poetic, political and musical ode to the power of words.


Conceito: Encyclopédie de la Parole

Concept: Encyclopédie de la Parole

Composition & direction: Joris Lacoste

Conductor: Nicolas Rollet

With: Ese Brume, Hans Bryssinck, Geoffrey Carey, Frédéric Danos, Delphine Hecquet, Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nuno Lucas, Barbara Matijevic, Olivier Normand, Marine Sylf, and 11 local guests

Document research: Frédéric Danos, Joris Lacoste, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nicolas Rollet and Elise Simonet

Guest-collectors: Constantin Alexandrakis, Grégory Castéra, Annie Dorsen, Myriam Van Imschoot, Valérie Louys, Loreto Troncoso Martinez, Barbara Matijevic,

Olivier Normand, Sabine Macher, Berno Odo Polzer, Tomoko Miyata, Seyma Aouij

Direction assistant: Elise Simonet

Consultant: Grégory Castéra

Costumes: Nathalie Lermytte

Lighting: Koen De Saeger e Florian Leduc

Stage manager: Florian Leduc

Production: Frédérique Payn e Marc Pérennès

Production & administration: Marc Pérennès

Touring: Judith Martin

Production: À l’échelle 1 : 1 / l’Encyclopédie de la Parole

Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels – TU, Nantes – Festival d’Automne à Paris – Centre Georges Pompidou – Les Spectacles Vivants, La Villette, Paris – Théâtre National Bordeaux – Studio Théâtre et MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine – Nouveau Théâtre

de Montreuil – centre dramatique national with the artistic participation of Jeune Théâtre National and supported by the Institut Français

Supported by the Institut Français in the context of the TranARTE program, by the Institut Français du Portugal and by Embassy of France in Portugal.

Suite nº 1 «ABC» is co-produced by NXTSTP, with support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.


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