A contemporary interpretation of avant-garde vocal works from the dawn of the 20th century, bringing to life the meanings hidden behind the language games.
Bénédicte Davin & Alain Wathieu (BE)
This project unfolded following the discovery of unpublished graphic scores by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and other Italian Futurists at the home of a collector specialising in the 20th century avant-garde. Never produced before, these performative pieces found a natural companion in Dada’s poetic forms and Kurt Schwitters’ celebrated phonetic poem Ursonate.
Despite their vintage, these works are sometimes referred to as “performances” – though the term was then not in use – and have stood the test of time and remain remarkably topical. Not only because these works speak of a time of war – they were conceived during WW1- but also because they penetrate a body of today, entirely dedicated to them in its combat well beyond words.
Bénédicte Davin is a vocalist and visual artist. Her approach to the contemporary canon (Berio, Aperghis…) and to a French avant-garde movement Lettrism has led her to create her own compositions, a mixture of sonzephonemes and vocal material of all kinds.
Alain Wathieu trained as a director at INSAS. Since the 1990s, he has been directing contemporary authors or his own productions – most of which performed as duos. These have also brought him closer to choreography and vocal work. From time to time, he takes charge of the artistic direction of events across Belgium and the Netherlands, where he has been teaching for fifteen years.
VIDEO (Camille Meynard)
19:30 > 20:20
Studio Thor, Brussels