Scenic creation

ODYSSÉE FOR CELLO AND IMAGINARY CHOIR

WITH

André Markowicz (poet, translator)
Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cellist)

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In my imagination, the Mediterranean is first and foremost an image.

“It soon became clear to me that in my imagination, the Mediterranean is first and foremost an image. A round stage with a black sand floor, surrounded by stone bleachers.

A lone woman, surrounded by the sea, speaks, shouts, whispers. To the earth, to the gods, to herself.
Her Odyssey is a succession of adventures in which she is confronted by wind, waves, chaos, storms, sobs and an imaginary choir…

Maybe that woman is me, and her voice would be that of my cello.

I realized that to enter into this story, I had to remove all known support: harmonic support, timbre support, even presence support. 

Facing the elements alone. To be submerged, to resist, never to be a witness but an actress.

And so the idea of a soundtrack was born.
I started collecting a lot of sounds from different sources. Films (Pasolini’s Médée, Rossellini’s Stromboli) live scenes, sound libraries, etc. I started working on this sound material with Franck Rossi.

Mixing, distorting, processing and superimposing sounds. Create a sound scenario.

The music could finally come back, I was ready.”

AN ODYSSEY IN 13 ADVENTURES

The Explosion – Before The Sound – The Story – Chaos – The Storm – The Scream – The Nurse Cantique – Vertigo – The Waves – The Reversal – Casta Diva – Adio

MUSIC

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, after a melody by Ney

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, music inspired by an Egyptian psalmody

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Souvenir de l’ecclésiaste after André Hajdu
Franck Krawczyk, Repetitio

Georges Aperghis, Le reste du Temps, excerpt
Sonia Wieder-Atherton, music inspired by a Corsican song

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, music inspired by a Hebrew chant

Johann Sebastian Bach, 6th suite in D major (prelude)

Enrique Granados, Eternal Elegy

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, music inspired by an Arabo-Andalusian song

Sergei Prokofiev, Symphonie concertante Op.125 (2nd movement – excerpt)

Vincenzo Bellini, Casta Diva- Norma

IN THE DIFFERENT SPACES, I PLAYED. WE LISTENED TO THE ACOUSTICS CARRY THE PHRASES, MARRY THE TIMBRES.”

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credits & thanks

DESIGN, MUSIC AND SOUNDTRACK CREATION

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

MUSICAL COLLABORATION

Franck Krawczyk

SOUNDTRACK PRODUCTION

Franck Rossi

DECOR

Romain Pellas

LIGHTS

Franck Thévenon, based on an idea by Xavier Arias

PRODUCTION

Madamelune in coproduction with Gaité Lyrique, Théâtre du jeu de Paume, Abbey de Noirlac, Maison de la Musique de Nanterre, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de St Quentin en Yvelines

PHOTOS

DR and Marthe Lemelle

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Drac-île-de France and Adami

New release

BACH: Cello Suites Nos. 3 & 4

“It’s a question of digging into the string until the phrase is born, along with its right breath. A sentence in perpetual becoming. It never stops being made and remade. I waited a long time to record them. And then one day, or rather one night, I began.”