Seuls en Scène: Blablabla by Joris Lacoste


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Poster for: Blablabla by Joris Lacoste


Joris Lacoste / Emmanuelle Lafon / Encyclopédie de la parole

blablabla is the Encyclopédie’s first production to take on a child’s eye-view. Made up of recordings of all kinds, this work explores the incredible range of uses and abilities of human speech. Everything from the commonplace to the enchanting, from documentary to fiction, from the media to our households, and from speech to song is brought together in an exhilarating whirlwind that breaks down the boundaries of our imaginations. Backed by a sophisticated audio arrangement, musician and dancer Armelle Dousset continuously transforms her voice to produce a multitude of characters, situations, and landscapes. Joris Lacoste and Emmanuelle Lafon, who have been contributing to the Encyclopédie de la parole for ten years, give us a taste of reality through the ears of human language. This time, the collective explores how children hear, and understand, the world around them.

Estimated running time: 1h / In French

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Composed by Joris Lacoste
Directed by Emmanuelle Lafon
Performed by Anna Carlier

Sound design: Vladimir Kudryavtsev
Lighting design and stage management: Marianne Pelcerf
Lighting: Daniel Levy
Tour stage manager: Philippe Montémont
Assistant director: Lucie Nicolas
Coordination of the sound documents collection: Valérie Louys
Collectors: Julie Lacoste, Armelle Dousset, Emmanuelle Lafon, Lucie Nicolas, Elise Simonet, and Valérie Louys
Production and distribution: Garance Crouillère, Echelle 1:1
IT-based musical collaboration: Ircam Augustin Muller

A production by Échelle 1:1 1 (a registered company under the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Ile-de-France).

Co-produced by La Villette (Paris) in partnership with Ligne Directe.

A co-production with La Villette (Paris); Le Volcan, scène nationale du Havre; Théâtre de Lorient-centre dramatique national; La Bâtie – Festival de Genève ; Théâtre L’Aire Libre; Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris); T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers; Festival d’Automne à Paris.

In association with Théâtre Paris-Villette ; La Villette (Paris) ; Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at Théâtre Paris-Villette. In association with Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris); Théâtre de la Ville-Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at Centre Pompidou. In association with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers; Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers

With support from Ircam. Artists residency à La Villette (Paris), at Théâtre Paris-Villette.

First performed on September 9, 2017 at La Bâtie – Festival de Genève.


Lewis Center for the Arts

Department of French and Italian
Humanities Council

Cultural Services of the French Embassy


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