Dialogue between an apartment block and a symphonic orchestra
- Pierre Sauvageot / Lieux publics & Cie
- Création 2017
- 2019 tour
An apartment block, like so many others in the neighbourhoods of France and Europe's cities and towns. Like so many others in Marseille, in the difficult neighbourhoods in the North of the city, where Lieux publics has its home.
Balconies, stairs, satellite dishes, laundry hanging from the windows, children's bicycles are private spaces in plain view.
Noises, sounds, and music can be heard from the windows. A child cries, a television hums, a dog barks, lovers quarrel, a saucepan falls to the floor, a toilet flushes, a rubbish chute trickles... They are all sound signals for people passing by the building from residents living so close yet far away from their neighbours.
This is a sound puzzle treasured by Georges Perec and his Life a User's Manual, or straight out of the film Delicatessen. Up on the balconies of the building, forty, fifty or eighty classical musicians take their places.
It is a full symphonic orchestra with all the distinctive signs – tuxedo tails and long gowns -, the easily recognised sounds, the emblematic instruments - the harp, and kettledrums -.
In front of the building, an audience of 500 to 1 500 people sits or stands as if in the stalls of an opera theatre. The stage is set, the two main characters are present, the apartment block with its residents and rumblings, and the orchestra with its history and incongruity.
The warm-up is over, the show may begin.
Sunday 24 June 2018 at 6 and 8 pm in Avignon : résidence de la Barbière, 14-20 Roi Soleil avenue (between the Mazarin avenue and the Roi Soleil avenue)
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018 in Copenhaguen, Danemark for the Metropolis festival with the Copenhagen Phil. orchestra.
Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August in Graz (Austria) at La Strada festival with 42 members of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Sauvageot is a music inventor.
Self-taught, composer, sound decorator, he composes for the City, in the City, with the City : concerts interpreted by the public, urban rumours symphony, megaphonic choir…
He is also director of Lieux publics. Lieux publics is in France the National Creation Center for arts in public spaces. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the City of Marseille, the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur Region and others local authorities, Lieux publics welcomes and supports spectacles of any disciplines created for public space. Lieux publics give them tools and places for working and explore : workshops to built scenographies, rooms for writing and rehearsals, try out with audience… Lieux publics organize events in Marseilles and around, and was very involved in Marseille-Provence 2013, european capital of culture.