L'Encyclopédie de la parole Paris

Suite n°1

Launched in 2007, the Encyclopédie de la parole is an artistic project whose aim is to decipher the mechanics of oral communication. Headed up by Frenchman Joris Lacoste, a group of artists is collecting recorded words of all kinds and making an inventory of them based on characteristics such as their cadence, choral nature, emphasis and melody. At the invitation of the festival, Lacoste has used this repertoire as his starting point to compose an exceptional show – the first in a cycle of many. In the old “Amerikaans Theater” television studio built by the architect Edward Durell Stone for Expo 58, a conductor directs a multilingual choir of eleven performers and twelve amateurs. Following a score constructed from fragments of interviews, news bulletins, sitcoms and political speeches, they offer an extraordinary recital that lays bare the disturbing relationship between the forms and content of language. Suite n°1 is a poetic, political and sensory monument to the expressive power of words.

L’Encyclopédie de la parole is a collaborative project that seeks to transversely understand the diversity of oral forms. Since September 2007, l’Encyclopédie de la parole has been collecting all kinds of records and lists according to specific phenomena of speech cadences, harmonies, compressions, emphases, spacing, melodies, repetitions, residues, saturations, timbres, etc. Each of these concepts is an entry in the Encyclopaedia, with a sound body and an explanatory leaflet. From these records, l’Encyclopédie de la parole produces sound pieces, shows, performances, conferences, installations, a game, etc. which are presented at public openings. 

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (Bordeaux)