Campo santo explores a forgotten place: Pyramiden, once a flourishing city of Soviet culture, a northern mining city lost in the Norwegian Spitzberg archipelago. During the socialist Soviet golden age, the city was the emblem of human organization built around work. Today, abandoned, it is synonymous with destruction due to economic decline, to the failure of a cultural model. The composer Jérôme Combier and video artist and scenographer Pierre Nouvel spent several days in situ collecting images and sounds. Both an installation and a concert, Campo Santo is an invitation to peek at the ruins of our societies and tests of time. It is also a ghost story; this journey follows the history of the men and women who lived in Spitzberg, who worked, lived, and left traces of their existence there.
Concert-installation Premiere 2016
Jérôme Combier composition and conception, assistance with the writing of a new original musical work from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Château de Chambord (residence Jérôme Combier)
Pierre Nouvel Stage and Video Design
Bertrand Couderc Lighting Design
Bertrand Lesca Assistant Director
Robin Meier IRCAM Computer Music Design
Sylvain Lemêtre, Arnaud Lassus Percussions
Cédric Jullion Flute
Christelle Séry Electric Guitar
Fanny Vicens Accordion
With the voices of Jacques Gamblin, Nathalie Duong, Dima Tsypkin, Miriam Coretta-Schulte, Luca Bagnoli
In connection with the thematic exhibition in the Modern collection: "L'Œil écoute". Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou.
Coproduction Ensemble Cairn, Théâtre d’Orléans-scène nationale, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Le TANDEM-scène nationale, MCB° Maison de la Culture de Bourges-scène nationale. Set Construction Ateliers de la MCB° Maison de la Culture de Bourges-scène nationale. Co-directed by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS. Supported by the Sacem. IRCAM and the CENTQUATRE-PARIS are partners for experimental performance projects.