Wacken, Strasbourg

2024-04-11T10:13:39+01:00

Dompter les rivières (Tame the rivers)

Photo: ©Naohiro Ninomiya

Details

Price : Free

Age : 10+

Duration: 1h


Organiser

Festival Musica
Le Maillon – Scène européenne

Place

Wacken district
Strasbourg

Starting point: Theatre le Maillon

DOCUMENTARY . PATCHWORK . MUTATION

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

“WELCOME TO WACKEN!

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

Credits

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

Schiltigheim Ouest

2023-03-03T17:30:20+01:00

Oniropolis

Photo: ©Naohiro Ninomiya

Details

Price : Free


Organizer

Festival Musica

Location

Parc des Oiseaux
Schiltigheim

ANTICIPATION . DREAMS . TECHNOLOGY

10+ years old

Duration: 45/60 min

In the near future, Oniropolis, a new kind of social network, is a craze among teenagers. It allows you to record, geolocate and share your dreams. Thanks to its famous dream map, it also allows you to glean the dreams of other users. 

But for a few hours, the application has been down. A bug seems to have been triggered in the program, somewhere in France, probably in Schiltigheim. The company decides to send someone into Oniropolis to determine the source of the failure and clean up the system. That person is you.

Oniropolis is an open-air audio story, created and produced by Les Ensembles 2.2. It is a story to be listened to in the streets of Schiltigheim that transports you to an imaginary world through a science fiction narrative.

The author, Sebastian Dicenaire, lives and works in Brussels, but was born in Schiltigheim. With the Strasbourg-based composer duo Svië, he returns to his home town to create an audio story that explores the world of dreams and social networks. 

Take your phone, download GOH, put on your headphones and start wandering. The buried secrets of the Oniropolis application await you in Schiltigheim…

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Oniropolis is the fruit of a creative process familiar to the three artists: immersion in the territory, then the use of the material collected – sounds, stories, testimonies of the inhabitants – as inspiration for the writing and composition. 

For Schiltigheim, this content was enriched by the participation of pupils from eight classes in the town’s schools, who shared their view of their living environment through anecdotes and stories, real or imaginary. Some students even had the opportunity to create a ‘detour’: a small exclusive soundwalk, the result of the educational work carried out with them.

All this material served as a starting point for the artists to create an intriguing literary and sound universe that was immersed in the place. The result is accessible on the GOH mobile application, which uses geolocation to offer you an immersive experience that evolves throughout your walk.

Sebastian Dicenaire was born in Alsace, and now works in Brussels. Writer, poet, author of radio fiction and podcasts, he uses language both in writing and through sound and video. He has published works of poetry (Döner-kebab, ed. Héros-Limite; Personnologue, ed. Clou dans le fer; Dernières Nouvelles de l’Avenir, ed. Atelier de l’agneau… ). In his performances, he tries to push the limits of the spectator’s imagination by encouraging them to create their own ‘mental cinema’, mixing text and sound. His radio fiction blends many genres – poetry and science fiction, mythology and technology – and has won awards at several festivals. 

Svië is a duo made up of Gaëtan Gromer and Antoine Spindler, sound artists and composers of electro-acoustic music.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

Region Grand-Est and DRAC Grand-Est

Credits

Artistic director: Gaëtan Gromer

Text: Sebastian Dicenaire

Music: Svië (Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler)

Sound recording: Svië

Visual: Naohiro Ninomiya

Voices: Pauline Leurent, Milan Morotti

Pedagogical contributors: Arthur Gander, Hugo Siclier, Sylvain Debrock

Derush interviews and workshops: Valentin Hetzel

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Co-production: Festival Musica

Acknowledgements: Sylvie Zorn, the students and teachers of the different schools for their involvement in the project.

Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette

2023-03-03T17:30:01+01:00

Details

Available until december 2023

Organiser:

Esch2022


Location

Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Start :
8 Porte de France, Belval

10 years old +
Duration : 30 / 45 minutes

SCIENCE-FICTION . ANTICIPATION . DATA

10 years old +

Duration : 30 / 45 minutes

Welcome to Belval, home of the Acid-Reine company, the most promising digital company of recent years. Why exactly did you come here? And what do you know about the Acid-Reine company?

In this futuristic soundtrack, an innovative company offers to recycle your digital data into almost unlimited green energy. But this success is tinged with mystery: of the two founders of the company, one went mad, and the other disappeared in unexplained circumstances…

The story invites us to ‘cross the border’: between the visible and the invisible, the real and the imaginary; between Belval and the rest of the world. The musical composition conveys the strangeness of the neighbourhood: a modern, changing, multi-layered place on the borders of the unreal.

Acid-Reine Cie. was created as part of the In the field project for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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Belval is a delimited space, a place rich in history, which does not leave much room for the imaginary, for wandering, for the margin, for the unfinished. This gave the authors the desire to propose a counter-narrative, to imagine the other side of the scenery.

Thus, the neighbourhood served as a place of embodiment for the text, setting its shape and limits. The geography of the streets structured the narrative, imposed chapters, divisions, breathing spaces, a dividing line. This transposition of the fictional universe into the real world also served as a backdrop for the various themes of the story: data processing, the relationship between the digital and the living, the abuses of new technologies, etc.

The musical compositions convey the strangeness emanating from Belval. A modern, changing, multi-layered place, but one that seems to float permanently on the edge of unreality, where it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between what is authentic and what is not, what is ‘finished’ and what is being built. A feeling that strongly coloured the music.

Belval is a place of visible traces, of sounds that are interpreted rather than identified. The composers wanted to play with this boundary by proposing ultra-worked sounds which nevertheless seem perfectly natural or by using almost raw recordings which, out of context, seem completely stylised. If you listen carefully, certain sounds seem to stand out, but each time, something sows a seed of doubt…

Sebastian Dicenaire was born in Alsace, and now works in Brussels. Writer, poet, author of radio fiction and podcasts, he uses language both in writing and through sound and video. He has published works of poetry (Döner-kebab, ed. Héros-Limite; Personnologue, ed. Clou dans le fer; Dernières Nouvelles de l’Avenir, ed. Atelier de l’agneau… ). In his performances, he tries to push the limits of the spectator’s imagination by encouraging them to create their own ‘mental cinema’, mixing text and sound. His radio fiction blends many genres – poetry and science fiction, mythology and technology – and has won awards at several festivals.

Svië is a duo made up of Gaëtan Gromer and Antoine Spindler, sound artists and composers of electro-acoustic music.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

With the support of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, as well as the French Ministry of Culture, the DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est, the Centre National de la Musique, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg, the LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), the Musica Festival and the Puzzle Thionville.

In partnership with Residhome Luxembourg and the Cottage Luxembourg.

Credits

Text: Sebastian Dicenaire

Music: Svië (Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler)

Sound recording: Marc Namblard

Illustration: Valérie Etterlen

Voices: Matëo Granger, Yann Hartmann, Pauline Leurent (French version), Richard Doust, Ella Perrin (English version)

Voice Studio: Innervision

Artistic director: Gaëtan Gromer

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Acknowledgements : The Belval Fund

Lasauvage

2023-03-03T17:29:09+01:00

Details

Available until december 2023


Price : Free


Organizer

Esch2022

Location

Lasauvage, Differdange
Luxembourg

Start

Rue principale de Lasauvage, au niveau de l’église

FANTASY . STRANGE . LEGEND

12+ years old

Duration: 45 / 60 min

Here, there are stories under the ground. Noises. Echoes. Voices. Listen carefully and you will hear them. They ride along the slopes. They ride the morning mists. They linger after the sun has fallen behind the hills.

LaSauvage was written by Steve Toase and set to music by Eric Holm. This soundwalk is inspired by the legend of La Femme Sauvage, from which the village where it is located takes its name: a mysterious woman living in the surrounding woods, sometimes a healer, sometimes a witch.

The narrative was formed from several stories, which underwent a series of transformation processes inspired by those used in the extraction and working of iron. The industrial past of the region is thus at the heart of the texts, merging with the legends. The music gives rise to an intriguing atmosphere, transcribing the soul of the place and its hidden stories.

LaSauvage was created as part of the In the field project, for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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Influenced by Jeff Noon’s approach in Cobralingus, the texts have been distorted, reworked and reconstructed to create something new. By merging the legend of La Femme Sauvage with the valley’s industrial past, the latter becomes central to the story and the text is completely transformed.

The trail gives an important place to borders, which are at the heart of the folklore surrounding the legend of La Femme Sauvage: borders between our world and the underworld, between human and animal, between civilisation and wild life, between the damned and the saved. Some boundaries are already present in local myths, such as that of the Cron Stone, under which La Femme Sauvage lay, allowing herself to be drawn into the underworld. Others are generated by the random process used for writing: this creates a tension where the writer does not have full control of the final form of the stories and the structure of the text, constantly standing at the border between readability and chaos.

The music, for its part, lets us perceive chords ‘in suspense’, which never really end, creating a tension, an uncertainty as to the emotions transmitted. The chords are played in sequence but also alone, each one almost overflowing on the next, each one constituting a transition towards a new state of perception. All of this occurs in parallel with a shimmering, shifting ambience in the background, made up of sounds mostly recorded on site. These are shaped to evoke a sense of life, to show the soul of the place, but also the stories hidden behind the rocks and trees, under the houses, buried in the mines and in the earth itself.

Sound design is not intended to serve as background noises for storytelling, but to complement, contrast, and, in some places, conflict with stories. By walking from one place to another in Lasauvage, the sound environments offered to the listener bring out specific aspects of the places and interweave them with the writing. This approach has extracted elements that fully connect the listener to words and earth, sometimes suggesting hidden things just beyond the bounds of immediate perception and consciousness. Listened to through headphones, the sounds create an incredibly close experience of the place, while connecting the listener to a hidden character that is not easily visible on the surface of Lasauvage.

Steve Toase is an author. Born in the north of England, he currently lives in Munich, Germany. In his disconcerting works of fiction, trees can hitchhike and bears play chess in sunny squares. He regularly writes for the monthly Fortean Times and the webzine Folklore Thursday. His fiction has been published in numerous magazines, as well as in The Best Horror of The Year anthology. From 2014 he worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on the Haunt project, about the homeless in the town of Harrogate and the disturbing contrast between their situation and the town’s economic prosperity. His first collection of short stories, To Drown In Dark Water, was published in April 2021 by Undertow Publications 

Eric Holm is an American sound artist and composer. His work is tied to specific locations: he uses field recordings, inspired by various places, to create immersive soundscapes. A diver for 20 years, his compositions are based on the many dimensions of the sea and his personal relationship with it. His first LP, Andøya (2014), was a field project made from recordings of communication pylons that connected listening stations on a remote island in the Norwegian Arctic. It was followed by Barotrauma (2016), made from recordings near Oslo. His latest work, Surface Variations (2020), a reflection on Debussy’s Sea, was made during a dive on the south coast of England. Eric has performed throughout Europe and the UK. His work is published on Subtext.

With the support of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, as well as the French Ministry of Culture, the DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est, the Centre National de la Musique, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg, LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), the Musica Festival and Puzzle Thionville.

In partnership with Residhome Luxembourg and the Cottage Luxembourg.

Credits 

Text: Steve ToaseMusic: Eric HolmSound recording: Eric Holm, Marc NamblardIllustration: Valérie Etterlen

Voices: Mathilde Melero (French version), Ashley Billings (English version)

Voice studio: Innervision

Artistic director: Gaëtan Gromer

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Acknowledgements: Frédéric Humbel, Minett Park

Audun-Le-Tiche

2023-03-03T17:28:48+01:00

Details

Available until December 2023


Price : Free


Organiser

Esch2022

Location

Audun-Le-Tiche
Moselle

Start: Near the Fond de Kahler, Ottange

Parking : marker 16 of departmental road 15


10+ years old

60/90 minutes

FANTASY . TALES . QUEST .

10+ years old

60/90 minutes

Together, we will go in search of a mysterious creature that has been haunting the woods for an eternity. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to move around, but this app will help me guide you. Moreover, it will also let us capture and hear the voice of this mysterious creature, to understand who it is and what it is doing there. If everything works out as planned, that is.

La Borne de Fer is a sound trail where participants are guided by the designer of a ‘sound emission zone detector’. The aim is to discover what has been hidden in the woods since Roman times, by finding bits and pieces of stories scattered around the forest.

Based on the history of the region, this quest is also inspired by the poetic and legendary potential of the Borne de Fer forest and its mining landscape.

La Borne de Fer was created as part of the In the field project, for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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The stories span several eras, from the time of the Romans to modern times. They are intrinsically linked to the forest and to the mining activity that has structured the region over the centuries. Since La Borne de Fer does not have any legend, the artists themselves invented legends from the history of iron mining and a character who had haunted the woods since antiquity.

In the writing of the stories, the theme of borders is very present. It is approached at different levels: the first, most obvious, is that which concerns the border between the space of the forest and more civilised spaces (town, fields, farms, etc.). Another has been established between the human and the monster, or rather the way we view the monster. We can also envisage a boundary between the time of the walk and the spaces of time summoned by the stories.

Other themes are reflected in the texts, in particular that of the lure of profit. The traces of iron mining in the landscape, visible everywhere in the forest, are a reminder of how many people throughout history have sought to enrich themselves in this territory. The trail chooses to transpose this quest for wealth by creating a legend in which the men are not only looking for ore, but a real treasure hidden in the heart of La Borne de Fer.

The musical composition is part of an already very rich sound landscape.

At the beginning of the journey, the voice of a narrator appears on a large path separating forest and field. The male voice is that of the person who created the app that the listener is using to find a lost treasure. We also hear a female voice trying to lure the listener into the forest, as she has been trapped there since ancient times.

The contrast between these two voices creates a clear boundary between the wilderness (the woman trying to lure the listener into the forest) and the civilised world (the game master who created the app). Throughout the trail, we hear a voice that oscillates between the spoken and the sung, in order to recall the world of tales, which have been accompanied by instruments since the dawn of time. Antoine Spindler plays pizzicato (plucked strings) on his viola to recall this aspect.

Matthieu Epp is a professional storyteller who performs in France, Belgium and Quebec; on theatre stages, and also in storytelling festivals, media libraries, retirement homes and schools. Between 2013 and 2018, he developed the project ‘Il y a des portes’ (‘There are doors’), a mix of live performance, podcast, video game, digital writing and improvisation. Winner of the Tango&Scan scheme, he has been giving video game creation workshops in secondary schools since 2017. He is also developing the YouTube channel of the company Rebonds d’histoires, and has created ‘Les Runes d’Odin’, a show that combines video games and narration, where the audience’s participation influences the story told.

Svië is a duo made up of Gaëtan Gromer and Antoine Spindler, sound artists and composers of electro-acoustic music.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

With the support of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, as well as the French Ministry of Culture, the DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est, the Centre National de la Musique, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg, LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), the Musica Festival and Puzzle Thionville.

In partnership with Residhome Luxembourg and the Cottage Luxembourg.

Credits

Text: Matthieu Epp

Music: Svië (Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler)

Sound recording: Marc Namblard

Illustration: Valérie Etterlen

Voices: Sylvie Brucker, Matthieu Epp (French version), Richard Doust, Julia Whitham (English version)

Voice Studio: Innervision

Art Direction: Gaëtan Gromer

Acknowledgements: Jules Ferry Elementary School (Russange)

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Schifflange – Kayl

2023-03-03T17:28:21+01:00

Details

Available until december 2023


Price : Free


Organizer

Esch2022

Location

Réserve naturelle de Schifflange
Luxembourg

Start : Jean Jacoby stadium car park


10+ years old

Duration: 60 / 90 min

SCIENCE-FICTION . BIOGRAPHY . RADIO ASTRONOMY

10+ years old

Duration: 60 / 90 min

Look into the distance. You see the inexpressive mass of the Belval Springboard. Its articulated tentacles erect vertically, like the spikes of a sea urchin foraging the sky, the vertebrae of a brachiosaurus. The Springboard. Our pride in glass and steel.

Ruby is the brainchild of author Luvan and composer Charo Calvo.

The story is directly inspired by the places: the red earth similar to the plateaus of Australia, the thousand-year-old plants, the view of Belval, the remains of mining operations… and takes us to discover the exceptional destiny of Ruby Payne-Scott, an Australian radio astronomer with a passion for botany, who would have been perfectly at home in this setting.

The text, punctuated by scientific references, leaves plenty of room for science fiction elements, inspired by the striking, ‘extra-human’ view of Belval.

Ruby was created as part of the In the field project, for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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A land of extremes, both an ancient fossil quarry and a place of renewal, of lichens, mosses and orchids. A place of extraction and exploitation, but also of rebirth. Scientific references are present throughout the text. It also includes biological and naturalistic principles.

All these themes are dealt with in parallel with the theme of borders. These are numerous: between the earth and the cosmos, between the past and the future, between the surface and what lies beneath. We also explore the frontier of reality: what if there was another Earth? What if the Schifflange Nature Reserve was where two dimensions intersect?

Luvan is an author. Her work focuses on the development of complex imaginary places, both utopian and dystopian, allowing her to comment on and anticipate current events. For her, fiction is a tool for social and political reflection. Passionate about sound and traditional oral materials, she also writes plays, performs and makes radio productions. She is an active member of the science fiction writers’ collective Zanzibar alongside, among others, Sabrina Calvo, Alain Damasio, Catherine Dufour and Léo Henry. A historian by training, luvan (real name Marie-Aude Matignon) lived in Africa, the Pacific, France, China, Scandinavia and Belgium before moving to Germany.

Electroacoustic composer, sound engineer and teacher, Charo Calvo is originally from Spain and currently lives in Brussels. After performing as a dancer with the Belgian company Ultima Vez, she studied electroacoustic composition at the Brussels Conservatory. Her work is developed through different media, and is broadcasted at international events. She has received several awards, including the Marulic Prize 2018 Croatia and the Grand Prix Nova Bucharest 2019. She was selected to represent Belgium at the ISCM 2020 World with her work ‘The Grass’ and is the winner of the Phonurgia Nova 2021 Prize with ‘Vagues de Chaleur’ (‘Heat Waves’).

With the support of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, as well as the French Ministry of Culture, the DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est, the Centre National de la Musique, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg, LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), the Musica Festival and Puzzle Thionville.

In partnership with Residhome Luxembourg and the Cottage Luxembourg.

Credits 

Text: luvan

Music: Charo Calvo

Sound recording: Marc Namblard

Illustration: Valérie Etterlen

Voices: Florine Chevrolet, Nelly Henrion, Agnès Sternjakob, Matëo Granger (French version), Florine Chevrolet, Nelly Henrion, Julia Whitham (English version)

Voice Studio: Innervision

Artistic Director: Gaëtan Gromer

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

b: Laura Daco of the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle de Luxembourg, Laure Caregari of the Schungfabrik, Marieke Jarvis of MUAR-Musee vun der Aarbecht Luxembourg

Thionville

2023-03-03T17:27:25+01:00

Details:

Price : Free

Organizer :

Esch2022

Location : Thionville, Moselle

France

Start : Thionville city center

SCIENCE-FICTION . SOLARPUNK . EXPLORATION

10+ years old

Duration: 60 – 90 min

In the distant future, human and non-human animals share the land. They communicate. You move differently. You have a different sense of space.

Equipped with new senses and affects, you explore the transformed space that Thionville will become. The stories that emerge are sometimes peaceful and beautiful, and sometimes terrible. Khôra offers a narrative, polyphonic and poetic experience of weird fiction, which is naturalistic. With several vocal and musical layers, the material is different depending on when you embark on it. Khôra means ‘territory’ in Greek. For Plato, the Khôra is space in the making, unstable and moving. It lies between being and non-being. A formless substance containing all possibilities.

As part of the ‘hIAtus’ (Human Intelligence Artificial Earth Utopia Science) exhibition organised by the Puzzle in Thionville. Created for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, Khôra is the pilot episode of the digital audio literary saga In the field, the other episodes of which will be available from February 2022.

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Luvan is an author. Her work focuses on the development of complex imaginary places, both utopian and dystopian, allowing her to comment on and anticipate current events. For her, fiction is a tool for social and political reflection. Passionate about sound and traditional oral materials, she also writes plays, performs and makes radio productions. She is an active member of the science fiction writers’ collective Zanzibar alongside, among others, Sabrina Calvo, Alain Damasio, Catherine Dufour and Léo Henry. A historian by training, luvan (real name Marie-Aude Matignon) lived in Africa, the Pacific, France, China, Scandinavia and Belgium before moving to Germany.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

With the support of : La Drac Grand Est, La Région Grand Est, le Puzzle (Thionville) and Esch 2022, European Capital of Culture.

Credits: 

Texts : luvan

Music : Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler

Illustration : Valérie Etterlen

Voices: Florine Chevrolet, Pauline Leurent, Jack Reinhardt & Régis Kante

Voice studio: Innervision (Sound recording: Gwénaël Graff; monitoring: Julien Wagner)

Production: Doriane Thiéry (Les Ensembles 2.2, Strasbourg)

Artistic director: Gaëtan Gromer (Les Ensembles 2.2, Strasbourg)

Port du Rhin, Strasbourg

2023-03-22T13:48:51+01:00

Details

Price : Free


Organizer

Esch2022


Location

Quartier Port du Rhin, Strasbourg France

Start:

Point Coop, Rue du Port du Rhin

DOCUMENTARY . MEMORIES . FIRES

10+ years old

Duration: 60-90 min

‘In the middle of the night, at the end of a wharf in the Port du Rhin industrial zone, something was burning. Throughout the country, malfunctions were reported, but no one saw the data centre and its nebulous data disappear into the flames.

On the site, you have to observe, survey and decode the signs: listen to a landscape which, little by little, begins to tell a completely different story. Does memory smell when it burns? What do its ashes look like? The fire brings back other nights, other disappearances, other fires. Along the harbour docks, at the edge of the river and the alluvial forest, the mapping of a changing territory is taking shape – a cloud of voices, memories, images.”

Port Data is part of the In the field project, created for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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A digital audio story, the work mixes fiction and musical composition, but is also enriched by the participation of the inhabitants who transmit life stories linked to the places, in order to anchor the project in the territory. Set across different places in the Port du Rhin in Strasbourg, Port Data invites you to wander around and (re)discover this area through sound.

Hélène Gaudy surveyed the Port du Rhin as a student at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in the early 2000s. Now a novelist, she returns to the site to write a musical fiction inspired by the life of the neighbourhood, with composition by Gaëtan Gromer, Clara Olivares and Antoine Spindler.

Hélène Gaudy is a novelist. After studying visual arts, she led numerous projects combining writing, image and landscape. She has published art books, books for young people and several stories, including Vues sur la Mer (Les Impressions nouvelles, 2006, second selection for the Prix Médicis), Plein Hiver (Actes Sud, 2014), and Un Monde sans Rivage (Actes Sud, 2009) which was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt. She is a member of the Inculte collective and the editorial board of the magazine La Moitié du Fourbi.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Clara Olivares is a composer from Strasbourg. At the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first opera, Mary, for ensemble, puppets and live electronics, premiered in 2017 by Ensemble XXI.n. In 2019, she participated in the Académie Opéra en création of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and won the Nicola DeLorenzo Composition Prize. In 2020, she was awarded the Beaumarchais-SACD grant for lyric writing with the librettist Chloé Lechat. She has been a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation since 2021. Clara Olivares is Associate Composer of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

As part of the Festival Musica and Esch2022 – European Capital of Culture

Credits:

Texts : Hélène Gaudy

Music: Gaëtan Gromer, Clara Olivares, Antoine Spindler

Sound recording: Marc Namblard

With the participation of the Adastra Quartet

Actors : Anne-France Delarchand, Mathilde Melero, Milan Morotti, Jack Reinhardt, Audrey Vinel

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Coproduction: Festival Musica

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