ManiFeste-2020 / Speech / Online

'Speech' Concert Broadcast (binaural mix)
October 19 through Mon 26 October 2020,
8 p.m.- 6 p.m.


If “Saying is doing”, this evening is dedicated entirely to performance art!

Dadaism, living archives, and vocal writing, Speech highlights the instrument that talks, the digital agent that combines, the word and the object.
As an introduction and archetype, Kurt Schwitters’ sonata performed by Ictus flautist Michael Schmid. In closing, Bernard Heidsieck's poetry and vocal riot in his Vaduz, the center of Europe and Liechtenstein, taken over by Jean-Luc Plouvier.

Technology participates in this performance game: DYCI2Lib software lets Billie Holiday, Édith Piaf, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf share the same stage. Peter Ablinger's piano player that covers and reveals a historical voice.

At the heart of "Speech", Rebecca Saunders meets the electronics of IRCAM. The Mouth, premiered here, hovers on the threshold between an inner and outer world, between a monologue and articulated lyrics. A literal descent into the interior of the oral cavity, which has become the center of the world.

Kurt SchwittersSonate in Urlauten
1stmovement – Rondo
4th movement – Presto (with a cadenza by Georges Aperghis)
Kurt Schwitters libretto
Michael Schmid 

Peter Ablinger, Voices and Piano
Book I/2
n° 25 (Arnold Schoenberg)
n° 23 (Billie Holiday)
Jean-Luc Plouvier piano

Rebecca SaundersThe Mouth -Premiere 2020
commissioned by Annie Clair
Juliet Fraser
Alexis Baskind IRCAM Computer Music Design

Georges BlochThree Ladies Project
Georges Bloch computer, DYCI2Lib system
Hervé Sellin piano

The piece Three Ladies Project uses artificial intelligence technologies and archive images made available by the INA.

Bernard HeidsieckVaduz
Jean-Luc Plouvier voice

Audiovisual Production
Année Zéro – Benoît Martin, Guillaume Foresti
IRCAM Sound Recording & Mixing Jérémie Bourgogne

An IRCAM/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou coproduction. With the support of the Sacem.