In 2013, the Encyclopédie de la parole initiated a cycle of four "Choral Suites" all based on the same principle: the live reproduction of documents taken from the Encyclopédie de la parole's audio collection.
The Suite N°1 ‘ABC’ was devoted to putting on stage some of the basic distinguishing features of human speech: how we speak, how we learn to speak, the babbling, the blabla, the hubbub, the basic vocabulary, the joy of talking for talking’s sake, the game of translation and the pleasure of languages that we don’t understand: an ABC of ordinary speech in nine languages, 45 scenes, and twenty-three actors (including 11 guests and a conductor).
The second Suite of Encyclopédie de la parole, for its part, orchestrates speeches that all do something, speeches that are actions. Words that do some good and words that scare the world. Words that fight, words that suffer, words that hope. Words that rejoice, rebel, reassure you. Words that dance and words that make love. Words that decide, threaten, condemn and kill. Words that bring people together and words that come between them. Words that say thank you. Words that ask for mercy. Words kept, given, betrayed. Words in crisis, words in debt, words in panic, words on strike. Words that crumble and rise from the dust. Words that struggle. Naked words and words dressed in Versace. Words that put their feet in their mouths. Words that stop talking when there's nothing more to say. Words that play with fire. Words that fly away and disappear up above the ocean.
All of these words are real. Each and every one of them has been pronounced some day, somewhere in the world, then collected by the Encyclopédie de la parole. They meet for the first time in this piece, carried by a quintet of outstanding performers, composed by Joris Lacoste and harmonized by Pierre-Yves Macé.
L'Encyclopédie de la parole is an artistic project exploring the spoken word in all its forms. Since 2007, this group of musicians, poets, directors, visual artists, actors, sociolinguists, and curators have been collecting all sorts of recordings of words and then indexing them on its website according to their particular properties or phenomena such as cadence, chorality, emphasis, saturation or melody.
What do the following have in common: the poetry of Marinetti or Allen Ginsberg, a sport commentary, a lecture by Jacques Lacan, an excerpt from South Park, the flow of Eminem and Lil Wayne, a message left on an answering machine, a TV game show, an Adventist sermon, an excerpt from The Young and the Restless, a speech by Léon Blum or Bill Clinton, an auctioneer selling horses, a shamanic incantation, a lawyer’s closing arguments, a commercial for shampoo and casual conversations recorded in the local café ?
From this collection, which now includes about 800 sound documents, L'Encyclopédie de la parole produces sound pieces, performance and shows, lectures, games and exhibitions.
Currently in 2015, the Encyclopédie de la parole has brought together Frédéric Danos, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nicolas Rollet, Joris Lacoste, David Christoffel, Valérie Louys et Elise Simonet.
Born in 1973, Joris Lacoste lives and works in Paris. He has been writing for theater and radio since 1996 and has been performing his own shows since 2003. He created 9 lyriques pour actrice et caisse claire in 2005. With Stéphanie Béghain and Purgatoire at the Théâtre National de la Colline in 2007, and was also associate author. From 2007 to 2009, he was co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. Taking his inspiration from literature, theater, dance, visual arts, music, sound poetry, his work is always deeply researched. He initiated two group projects, the W project in 2004 and the Encyclopédie de la parole in 2007, resulting notably in 2009 in a solowork Parlement, starring Emmanuelle Lafon. In 2009 he launched the project "Hypnographie" to explore artistic uses of hypnosis: he produced the radio play Au Musée du sommeil (2009), the exhibition-performance Le Cabinet d'hypnose (2010), the exhibition 12 prepared dreams (GB Agency Paris 2012), the play Le vrai spectacle (2011) and the performance art pieces Restitution (2010), La maison vide (2012), and 4 prepared dreams (for April March, Jonathan Caouette, Tony Conrad and Annie Dorsen) in New York in October 2012.
Conception: Encyclopédie de la parole
Composition and direction: Joris Lacoste
Music design: Pierre-Yves Macé
Cast: Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nuno Lucas, Barbara Matijevic, Olivier Normand Assistance and collaboration Elise Simonet
Light and video design, Technical management: Florian Leduc
Sound: Stéphane Leclercq
Costumes: Ling Zhu
Video coder: Thomas Köppel
Video assistant: Diane Blondeau
Translation – project manager: Marie Trincaretto
Proofreading and corrections: Julie Etienne
Vocal coaches: Valérie Philippin, Vincent Leterme
Language coaches: Azhar Abbas, Amalia Alba Vergara, Mithkal Alzghair, Sabine Macher, Soren Stecher- Rasmussen, Ayako Terauchi Besson
Invited archive collectors: Constantin Alexandrakis, Mithkal Alzghair, Ryusei Asahina, Adrien Bardi Bienenstock, Judith Blankenberg, Guiseppe Chico, Manuel Coursin, David-Alexandre Guéniot, Léo Gobin, Haeju Kim, Monika Kowolik, Federico Paino, Pauline Simon, Ayako Terauchi Besson, Helene Roolf, Anneke Lacoste, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Mélard, Tanja Jensen, Ling Zhu, Valerie Louys, Frederic Danos, Barbara Matijevic, Vladimir Kudryavtsev, Olivier Normand, Nuno Lucas
Production and administration: Dominique Bouchot, Marc Pérennès
Project development: Judith Martin / Ligne Directe
Production: Echelle 1:1 (with the support from Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France).
Coproduction: T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers / Festival d’Automne à Paris, Asian Culture Complex - Asian Arts Theater Gwangju, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Théâtre Agora-Seinendan, La Villette - résidences d’artistes 2015, Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Rotterdamse Schouwburg.
Suite N°2 is co-produced by NXTSTP with the support of Creative Europe Program. With the help of l’Institut Français and its programs Théâtre Export and CIRCLES, and the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil.
This show has benefited from the support from the residence program of l'Usine, Scène conventionnée (Tournefeuille).
ARTIST TALK with JORIS LACOSTE 7. 07 14.00 at CULTURE HOUSE