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Les Champs Libres & les Tombées de la Nuit present
Fusée de Détresse #1
L'Âge de la Tortue
Setting migrant stories to music
Following on from her work on the collaborative European project The Encyclopaedia of Migrants, Paloma Fernàndez Sobrino has created a participatory musical reading, bringing together local art lovers from Rennes, a selection of private letters around the theme of exile, and the Javanese gamelan Kyai Bremånå.

After Trouvé dans l’oubli and Déroute (1 and 2), performances mixing theatre, physical theatre and song, the Rennes-based group L’âge de la tortue continues the work of Paloma Fernàndez Sobrino on The Encyclopaedia of Migrants, a collaborative European project to collect stories from France, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. Using the Kyai Bremånå gamelan (traditional Javanese ensemble) and five letters taken from the project (whose four hundred original letters have just been deposited with the Rennes Municipal Archives), L’âge de la tortue brings together twenty people for a unique reading set to music. The show will mix the words of migrants with the music of the Indonesian ensemble, including xylophones, gongs and drums.

In 2014, Paloma Fernández Sobrino launched the European collaborative project The Encyclopaedia of Migrants, to “write a personal history of migration between the Finistère in Brittany and Gibraltar.” It has taken three years to gather 400 stories together in a book echoing the form of the famous Encyclopédie des Lumières. A copy of it has been acquired by the City of Rennes and is held at the Champs Libres library. Paloma Fernández Sobrino is now continuing this work by creating a formal artistic encounter between these stories and the Kyai Bremånå gamelan, an orchestral ensemble of traditional Indonesian instruments that Arnaud Halet brought over to Rennes from Java in 2009.

Fusée de détress #1 serves as a metaphor in public space to challenge us collectively about the loss of certain human values in our ultra-modern societies, and especially the fate of migrants. It is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, poetic and resolutely political performance.


L’âge de la Tortue was founded in 2001 and is based in the Blosne district of Rennes, where it runs multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts projects that examine our relationship with political and social representations. It develops projects at a micro-local level, in connection with other places in Europe (like The Encyclopaedia of Migrants from 2014 to 2017), and has worked with associate artist, director and creator of multi-disciplinary projects, Paloma Fernández Sobrino, since 2007.

Sunday 02 December 2018
16:30 > 17:15
Les Champs Libres, Cours des Alliés, Rennes
Salle Anita Conti

Free admission subject to availability
More information 02 23 40 66 00 •

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