Give Me A Few Words



Based on works by Luciano Berio, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Isidore Isou, Clément Mao-Takacs and Giacinto Scelsi.


Performance  Marianne Seleskovitch
Stage direction  Aleksi Barrière

Duration: 50′

Work in progress presented on October 20th, 2012 in the framework of Mus(p)icir(P)us, a tribute to John Cage organized by P.A. Dubois at the Médiathèque Hélène Berr (Paris 12e).

Premiere of the performance on August 25th, 2015 at the Novalis Festival in Croatia.
French Premiere at the Festival Intervalles  in Paris in June 2017.

Further performances
April 9, 2020 at Musiikkitalo (Finland)
Novembre 16, 2019 at Institut Finlandais de Paris (Carte Banche à Aleksi Barrière)
March 9, 2019 at Tampere-Talo (Finlande)
– September 12, 13, 14, 2017 at Festival Intervalles
September 4, 7, 8, 2017 at Festival Terraqué

For the lyrical singer, voice is above all a bodily matter. Voice, as opposed to what one can see on movie screens, is not an abstract and immaterial reality, it is the organic flux of breath, the vocal chords’ vibration tensioning the entire body (through the thorax, stomach and back muscles), the attempt, in the gray zone between technical mastery and complete surrender, to finally express something, outside the intellectual frame of our impotent daily syntax. This is the attempt we wish to stage, or at least, to use a word less artificial, set in space, through works written for solo voice in the 50s and the 60s that radically question the topic of our means of expression.