New art performance project at Le Fresnoy

Thibaut Devulder
 Double bass player  Nicolas Crosse  performing Yann Robin's  Symétriades  during a rehearsal in December 2017  (photo © Le Fresnoy)

Double bass player Nicolas Crosse performing Yann Robin's Symétriades during a rehearsal in December 2017 (photo © Le Fresnoy)

We have just started a new art performance collaboration at the Studio National des Arts Contemporains (a.k.a. Le Fresnoy) in Tourcoing, France.

Titled "Symétriades" (a reference to Stanislaw Lem's book Solaris), the performance project is a collaboration with Nicolas Crosse (double bass player), Alain Fleischer (visual artist) and Yann Robin (composer).

The artists' intention is to:

... give rise to a gigantic, organic, “living” creature whose every component is interdependent and whose nerve centre whose vital organ is constituted by the double bass player and his instrument. The soloist and the double bass will be positioned on a structure placed in the middle of the “playing” space. The instrumentalist’s body, the double bass, as well as the structure, will act as surfaces on which various visual dimensions will come to life. By extension, this visual entity, whatever its forms, will extend and proliferate in the architectural space hosting the performance.

Using our experience with the Ooo-Ya-Tsu performance, also interweaving music and interactive visuals, we will be helping the artists to develop the concept and scenography for the art performance and to create the real-time interactions between projected visuals, the soloist’s gestures and electronic sound manipulations.

The first public performance of the piece is planned for October 2018. You can find more information about the project on the Fresnoy website.