L’Encyclopédie de la parole

L’Encyclopédie de la parole Chorale

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A collective of French artists dedicated to collecting and indexing speech recordings of all kinds—ranging from political addresses to movie scenes, and from answering machine messages to poetry readings—L’Encyclopédie de la parole creates live performances that explore the rhythms, connotations, and implications of oral speech.

For Performa 11, they will create the first-ever English version of Chorale, a performance by a “choir” of fifteen performers. Instead of a singing choir, the "Chorale de l'Encyclopédie" is a spoken vocal ensemble. Four of the key artists in L’Encyclopédie de la parole—artist and playwright Joris Lacoste, curator Grégory Castéra, actress Emmanuelle Lafon, and poet and performer Frédéric Danos—will hold a two-week workshop in New York City, during which they will work with on a repertoire of English speech clips from their library, each originally gathered for varying qualities of their own. After rehearsing with ten to fifteen chorists, the final performances of Chorale, to take place in the unique architecture of the Performa Hub, will draw out the most unique, surprising, and ever-changing qualities of human speech. Curated by Lana Wilson. Special thanks to Lili Chopra (FIAF).



Supported by Cultural Services of the French Embassy.