La Guerre, Très Loin


Music theatre (2015)

After seven cantatas by Hanns Eisler
based on texts by Ignazio Silone (1937)
and Enfonçures by Didier-Georges Gabily (1991)


Tenor  Johan Viau
Actress  Laurence Cordier

Secession Orchestra
Clarinets  Hughes Soualhat, Bertrand Laude
Viola  Thomas Bouzy
Cello  Dima Tsypkin

Musical Direction  Clément Mao-Takacs
Stage Direction  Aleksi Barrière

Lighting Design  Étienne Exbrayat

Duration: 60′

Performances on 17, 21 and 23 November, 2015 at the Théâtre Adyar in Paris.

« Wherefore poets in times of distress? »

These words written by Friedrich Hölderlin just before retiring from both the world and history feel more topical than ever in our troubled times. We are off to meet the poet, weary from singing the praise of revolutions, in his secret exile, guided by a young woman who will not give up believing in change.

Director Aleksi Barrière and conductor Clément Mao-Takacs have created together a form between music and theatre, uniting cantatas written in exile by Hanns Eisler on texts by dissident Communist writer Ignazio Silone, and Enfonçures, an ‘oratorio-material’ by playwright Didier-Georges Gabily.

From the Europe of Fascisms to the Gulf Wars, between propaganda and attempts to restore a meaning to words, these forgotten masterworks will be in discussion through the confrontation of a tenor and an actress on an exiled stage. Fables and testimonies are blended in a performance that questions the artists’ and the audience’s ability to grasp the world, and their wonderful and desperate ambition of transforming it.

Program notes in French (PDF)