Encyclopédie de la parole / Lacoste, Macé, Roux, Ictus [BE, FR]
Suite n° 4
19.05 – 24.05.2020
In the first part of Suite n° 4, recognizable and anonymous voices overlap as though they were coming from different acoustic spaces. In the second part, the voices are accompanied by eight musicians from Ictus. In constantly alternating constellations – switching between acoustic and electronic – they demonstrate their musical flexibility. In this final Suite, the Encyclopédie de la parole collective presents a performance about absence, like an opera without singers or a theatre without actors. Despite this physical absence, the characters are palpably present. Like ghosts, they return from distant places to make their voices heard. For 150 minutes, you hear a thousand concrete situations in more than 30 languages. Prepare for a mental trip that employs all the resources of the theatre. To what extent is our everyday reality interwoven with recent and age-old discourses?
• The Encyclopédie de la parole collective explores the spoken word in all its forms. Joris Lacoste also directed the first three Suites, which each brought recorded voices to life with great virtuosity. The three previous parts were likewise presented during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. The Brussels music ensemble Ictus is a fixture in the Kaaitheater programme. Earlier this season, they presented the ‘breathing concert’ Pneuma here.
conception Encyclopédie de la parole & Ictus | composition (dramaturgy) Joris Lacoste | composition (instrumental music) Pierre-Yves Macé | composition (electro-acoustic music) Sébastien Roux | direction Joris Lacoste | audio document collectors Julie Etienne, Joris Lacoste, Oscar Lozano Pérez & Elise Simonet | sound Stephane Leclercq & Alexandre Fostier | light design & scenography Florian Leduc | graphic design & video Oscar Lozano Pérez | artistic collaboration Elise Simonet, Oscar Lozano Pérez & Nicolas Rollet | with Hugo Abraham (double bass), Tom De Cock (micro-percussion, vibraphone, timpani), Chryssi Dimitriou (double bass flute, bass flute, G flute), Annie Lavoisier (harp), Luca Piovesan (accordion), Jean-Luc Plouvier (electronic keyboard), Eva Reiter (Paetzold flute, viola da gamba), Primož Sukič (electric guitar, acoustic guitar) | production Echelle 1:1 (compagnie conventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Île-de-France et par le Conseil régional d'île-de-France) in partnership with Ensemble Ictus (supported by the European Commission, the Flemish Community – Vlaamse Overheid et Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommisie) | co-production Kaaitheater, Festival d’automne à Paris, MC93 Bobigny, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Wiener Festwochen, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Ensemble Ictus, Le Quartz - Scène Nationale de Brest, Teatro Municipal do Porto | with the support of Fondation Hermès - New settings