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Orchestre de Paris / Alain Altinoglu

François Chaignaud - Serge Lemouton - Sasha J. Blondeau - Edgard Varèse
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 1h27 with 1 intermission



Sasha J. Blondeau
sur un texte de Hélène Giannecchini
Edgard Varèse
Densité 21.5
Version de 1929
Orchestre de Paris
Alain Altinoglu , conducting
François Chaignaud , chorégraphie, danse, song
Sasha J. Blondeau , réalisation informatique musicale IRCAM
Serge Lemouton , réalisation informatique musicale IRCAM
Vicens Prats , flute

Cortèges, an experimental form with an emancipatory message, was born from the meeting of artists in search of new visual and acoustic dynamics: it is a resolutely contemporary gesture, placed in dialogue with the modern art icon Edgard Varèse. 

An exciting and original experiment, Cortèges aims to explore the emotional and political power of the confluence of dance, text, and music. Using an orchestra partly spatialized throughout the audience, the staging places an individualized singer-dancer opposite the multitude. In dialogue with this cutting-edge, present-day approach, questioning the power of norms, are opuses by the modern art icon Edgard Varèse.

The famous piece for solo flute Density 21.5 takes the instrument to new heights, literally bursting through the limits in terms of manners of playing, articulation, and dynamics. The sense of hearing something never heard before is even stronger in Amériques, a paroxysmal piece, despite a more mysterious central section, in which Varèse unleashes, with percussions bared, maximum tension, the sirens, and all the fire of the orchestra. 

Coproduction Philharmonie de Paris, Ircam-Centre Pompidou 
Dans le cadre de Manifeste-2023, Festival de l'Ircam 
Avec le soutien de la Villa San Francisco, de la French American Cultural Society, de la Fondation Royaumont et de la SACEM. 

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