Cortèges is a collective adventure Hybridizing orchestra, electronics and danced and sung performance, imagined by Sasha J. Blondeau, François Chaignaud and the author Hélène Gaignaud, in which one person leaves their home and joins a mass of people forming outside. The individual won over by the crowd, the monologue won over by the song, the music won over by the dance, the orchestra won over by the electronic synthesis, the identity won over by the disorder: this dramaturgy of rhythms and unisons, of trajectories and flights, disturbs the common hierarchies of the concert hall. Opposite Cortèges, Edgard Varèse, with his Density 21.5 for flute and the iconic work for large orchestra, Amériques. Varèse literally lifts the orchestra inherited from post-romanticism and plunges it into the physics of a new world. Stunning music with its sirens, crowds and percussion cohort, a unique symbiosis of art and life.
Orchestre de Paris
Alain Altinoglu conductor
François Chaignaud choreography, dance, song
Serge Lemouton IRCAM electronics
Luca Bagnoli IRCAM sound diffusion
Sasha J. Blondeau composition, electronics
Hélène Giannecchini booklet
Anthony Merlaud lighting design
Baudouin Woehl artistic collaboration on stage
Cédrick Debeuf costume design
Myriam Jarmache vocal accompaniment
Martina Catella vocal coach
Cortèges, commissioned by the Philharmonie de Paris-Orchestre de Paris and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou – premiere 2023
Edgard Varèse Densité 21.5 ; Amériques (1929 version)
Until the concert...
Executive productor Mandorle productions (Garance Roggero, Jeanne Lefèvre, Emma Forster). Philharmonie de Paris, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction. With the support of the Villa San Francisco, at the French American Cultural Society, the Fondation Royaumont, and LA BRIQUETERIE – CDCN du Val-de-Marne. In partnership with the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. With the support of the Sacem.