A Modest opera
- 31.08 > 06.09.2020
The light has momentarily disappeared, with it colors and outlines. In the dark, only sounds remain. Nestled in an underground quarry, five voices chant an eroded code. They emit from Chôra, a mantic radio. Each of their words begin with “the image may contain.” It is followed by an inventory of things and objects. In this code are housed five sung formulas, which once sung bring out places and times. All contain traces of a unique ritornello, a solace song which we do not know if it reaches us from ancient times, present or future. As if it was this future — the new morning — that was supposed to protect the past from its own defeats.
Through a fable, a modest opera offers a sensitive journey whose starting point is a rupture, a saving blindness: the dismissal of the regime of “seeing”. From this infirmity other physical laws unfold and the voice becomes gaze and touch. The echo replaces the reflection and this tilt serves as a pretext for a metaphysical observation on the invisible and the discreet forms of existence. Written for a small group of five performers, a modest opera oscillates between abstraction and song. It’s a hybrid form for stage and radio.
Conception, text and composition: Myriam Pruvot | Musical collaboration: Sylvain Chauveau with Jean-Baptiste Veyret Logérias, Valérie Leclercq, Myriam Pruvot, Sylvain Chauveau (in progress) | Outside eyes & ears: Myriam Van Imshoot | Sound engineer: Christophe Hauser
Photo © Elsa Laurent