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Les Tombées de la Nuit present
Clarté (Lightness)
David Monceau
(France)
Bright Star
David Monceau dreamed of creating a concert that is a fully sensory and imaginative experience. With this musical tale that blends techniques (object theatre, video) and partitions (voice, music, light), spectators are placed at the heart of the story of a little light bulb who wants to become a star. Accompanied by David Euverte on keys and Camille Kerdellant on vocals, the Rennes-based musician takes us on a far-flung journey into the enchantment and fantasy of this coming-of-age fable for anyone looking for a light-bulb moment. It is a performance that gently lights up both young and old.

The small light bulb is called Clarté. She wants to go to school, dreams of being a star and a dancer driven by a love of music. She sets off on her journey like a shooting star, confronting her parents, school teacher, dance teacher, a psychic, and ends up meeting the moon, the earth, some traffic lights and even an electricity meter.  This coming-of-age story mixes angles and techniques. The object theatre and video recording take place in a miniature 2.50 metre puppet theatre full of light bulbs, lit-up objects and light sources. This live performance features a voice over and live musical partition with songs, melodies, atmospheres, noises, vibrations and more.

Amidst the dulcitone, theremin, synth and guitar, at the heart of this composition is a “celesta”, an instrument somewhere between the glockenspiel and piano (in this case, a prototype by Auguste Victor Mustel, dating back to 1887). David Monceau and David Euverte’s music blends timbres, textures and materials, and was designed like a film soundtrack, reminiscent of work by Danny Elfman for Edward Scissorhands or Richard Hawley’s album Truelove’s Gutter. It features a succession of musical interludes, contemplative ballads and narrative episodes while the light bulbs illuminate this little light theatre.

This sensory and emotional experience falls somewhere between dramaturgy and an abstract journey as Clarté sparkles and shines, guiding us towards her warm light.

BIOGRAPHY

Since obtaining a two-year university diploma in the Visual Arts and graduating from the national conservatory of dance in Rennes and the national centre of contemporary dance in Angers (Bouvier/Obadia), the Rennes-based artist, David Monceau, has performed for many contemporary dance companies since 1996, including Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, Julie Desprairies, Hermann Diephuis, Pierre Cotreau & Geisha Fontaine, Laura Scozzi, Jean Marc Heim, Christine le Berre and Patrick Le Doaré.  He is also a singer/songwriter for Olyphant and composes for live performance and recordings, in France (with Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh at CCN in Le Havre, Eric Houguet’s Théâtre des Opérations, Rozenn Fournier and Camille Kerdellan, Gilles Baron, Pénélope Parrau, etc.) and overseas: La Dame de Pic by Karine Ponties, Ayelen Parolin and Félicette Chazerand in Belgium, the Moscow Ballet, Ivan Estegneev, Anna Abilikhina and Evgeny Kulagin in Russia, Stephano Ricci in Italy and the Lock Company in Hong Kong. He arranged and produced the album Accueil Transit by François Audrain, and shared composition with Henri Mezey and David Euverte for Pièce V39, pièces pour violiones, retraitements acoustiques et oiseaux de passage.

DISTRIBUTION

David Monceau (conception et écriture des chansons), David Monceau et David Euverte (musique live), Alexandre Boulic (conception scénographique, lumière et film), David Monceau et Camille Kerdellant (dramaturgie et texte), Camille Kerdellant (voix off), May Monceau (graphisme des ampoules).

Billetterie en ligne
Sunday 26 December 2021
15:00 > 16:00
Chapelle du Conservatoire, 30 rue Hoche, Rennes
Monday 27 December 2021
15:00 > 16:00
Chapelle du Conservatoire, 30 rue Hoche, Rennes
Monday 27 December 2021
19:30 > 20:30
Chapelle du Conservatoire, 30 rue Hoche, Rennes
Tuesday 28 December 2021
15:00 > 16:00
Chapelle du Conservatoire, 30 rue Hoche, Rennes
Tuesday 28 December 2021
19:30 > 20:30
Chapelle du Conservatoire, 30 rue Hoche, Rennes

5€ full price, 2€ Sortir! price (+ booking fee)
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