Dompter les rivières (Tame the rivers)

Photo: ©Naohiro Ninomiya


Price : Free

Age : 10+

Duration: 1h


Festival Musica
Le Maillon – Scène européenne


Wacken district

Starting point: Theatre le Maillon


A geolocated soundwalk also available in German – Die Flüsse zähmen – from April 18!


Bounded by the Ill to the north-east,

Avenue Herrenschmidt to the west,

the Place de Bordeaux to the south and crossed by the Aar and the Marne-Rhine canal.

Wacken means

“small stones”

We are
where the Rhine used to run.

here, for a long time, it was nothing

the end of the town

wet land

where no one lives”

Dompter les rivières (Tame the rivers) is a multi-faceted, polyphonic, geo-localised soundwalk that takes you on a stroll through the many facets of Wacken, a patchwork district undergoing constant change.

A guiding character, inspired by the Tunisian fortune-teller who was present at the 1924 colonial exhibition, takes us through centuries and spaces. She allows us to navigate between her present, our present, and a more distant future (2123). Her voice intersects with others that are more neutral, factual, passionate, poetic or political. Dompter les rivières is also the story of a place that stages itself according to the ideologies that inhabit it. A wild place, veined with water, which little by little, from one narrative to the next, gives way to a utilitarian environment, completely under control.
But beneath the backdrop of this perpetual comedy, the water is always flowing peacefully, looking for the right gaps to gush out.

A soundwalk available on the dedicated application – GOH

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Gaëtan Gromer, born in 1978, is a sound composer, artist and director who lives and works in Strasbourg. He is the artistic director of Les Ensembles 2.2. He regularly brings his work into conversation with other disciplines, and has notably worked with Maria La Ribot, Valérie Manteau, Hélène Gaudy, Etienne Fanteguzzi, Sebastian Dicenaire, Eve Risser, Lucie Taïeb, Clara Olivares, LNLO, Samuel et Léo Henry, luvan, Zahra Poonawala, Stéphane Perger, Espèce de collectif…

He regularly performs and exhibits in Strasbourg (Musica, Ososphère, ONR, TNS, PMC, Maillon, Pôle Sud, etc.), as well as at MAMCO (Geneva), CAC (Vilnius), CCAM (Vandoeuvre), Gymnase (Roubaix), Laboral (Gijon), Transient (Paris), Accès)s( (Pau), Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), Contemporary Art Biennale (Sélestat), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Digital Life (Rome), Electric Nights (Athens)… 

Eve Risser is a composer, pianist and improviser whose music is rooted equally in jazz, improvisation, the written tradition and contemporary music. After entering the jazz class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, she won a conservatory prize in 2008, as well as a soloist prize at the Concours National de Jazz de la Défense. In 2019, she created the Red Desert Orchestra, following a strong interest in Africa and a reflection on the place of the musician in Occident.

Antoine Spindler – Trained at the Strasbourg Conservatory in the classes of Ana Haas (violin) and Claude Ducroq (viola), as well as at the University of Strasbourg in musicology, Antoine Spindler has trained (Ircam, Fastlane, PML…) and specialized in electroacoustic and mixed music. He teaches in the Electroacoustic Creation and Interpretation class at the Conservatoire and L’Académie Supérieure de Musique-Hear in Strasbourg. He currently plays with the trio Jafta, with whom he released the album Traces, and with the duo Svië, with whom he created the album Port Data. His experiences have enabled him to collaborate with various ensembles and musicians (Linéa, Live Animated Orchestra, the Ethos quartet, Plurium, Clara Olivares, Eve Risser etc.) as well as with different authors (Hélène Gaudy, Jean Fauque, Valérie Manteau, Sébastien Dicenaire, Lucie Taïeb etc.).

Lucie Taïeb was born in Paris in 1977. She passed the German agrégation in 2002 and obtained a PhD in comparative literature in 2008. She is currently a lecturer in Germanic Studies at the University of Brest. Her writings span a range of genres, including poetry, novels and essays, and she regularly works with artists. Lucie Taïeb has published several collections of poetry, as well as two novels, both published by Éditions de l’Ogre. Her second novel, Les échappées, was awarded the Prix Wepler in 2019. She is also a translator, notably of Austrian poets including Ernst Jandl and Friederike Mayröcker.

The city of Strasbourg, the Région Grand Est, the FEDER, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace (CEA), the DRAC Grand-Est and CREAA – University of Strasbourg


Text: Lucie Taïeb

Realisation: Gaëtan Gromer

Music: Antoine Spindler, Eve Risser

Voices: Fayssal Benbahmed, Pauline Leurent, Maxime Pacaud and Marie Seux

Voices (German): Amélie Belohradsky, Katja Harsdorf, Christophe Palz, Moritz Pliquet

Recording studio: Innervision

Text translation: Tatjana Marwinski

Sound recordings: Antoine Spindler

Application: GOH

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Co-production: Festival Musica, Theater le Maillon – Scène européenne