December 17, 2012

(Re)discover L’Enfant des glaces (The Ice Child)

An Electr’opera by Zack Settel and Pauline Vaillancourt, February 28th, March 1 and 2, 2013 at 8 PM | at the Gesù

Montréal, Monday, December 17, 2012 — Chants Libres, in partnership with the Festival Montréal en Lumière and Montréal/Nouvelles Musique, is giving Montrealers the opportunity to (re) discover one of the masterworks of its repertoire, for three nights only at the Gesù, February 28, March 1 and 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

Invited as an artist in residence at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in September 2000, Pauline Vaillancourt was inspired by a real event to create this metaphorical opera on duality and the passage of time. Two short poems by De Nerval and de Quevedo, translated into Armenian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Finnish and Pular, become the modified and fragmented sonic material. The video by Yves Labelle, projected on a water screen, supports the visual design of the surrealist set.

«An Inca child, the victim of a ritual sacrifice in the Andes 500 years ago, is found in a state of almost perfect conservation, which makes me question the state of the world itself: did her sacrifice improve our quality of life? (…) With L’Enfant des glaces, we began our experimentation with live processed sound. We discovered new ways of moving, of singing, of transmitting the emotions contained in the very precise template that I gave to the creative artists who accompanied me on this adventure. It is an opera created to be viewed as an abstract canvas.”

— Pauline Vaillancourt, excerpt from the book Chants Libres * 20 ans de creations (2011)

Diane Ouellet, communications Chants Libres: 514-841-2642

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