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Pierre Sauvageot Lieux publics & Cie

Igor Hagard, un sacre ferroviaire

Pierre Sauvageot Lieux publics & Cie2013

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How can music be conjured up from a bustling station amidst the travellers and the shunting trains? Sitting in audio chairs installed on the platforms, 100 or 300 listeners are plunged into an acoustic whirlpool: a metamorphosis of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring by Pierre Sauvageot, a reorchestration in which all the instruments have been replaced by sounds of the station. The original parition is still there, but every instruments from the symphonic orchestra are now made of multitude of sounds from elsewhere: railway rumblings, warning signals, waves and seagulls, instruments from beyond the borders of Europe, raindrops and thunder... This masterpiece, a monument which causes a scandal 100 years ago, is revisited to create a stationary journey for modern-day listeners. There is no trip without some books and crosswords. Some extracts from La Prose du transsibérien et de La Petite Jehanne de France, also written by Blaise Cendrars in 1913, are mixed, and interact with the correspondences in the stations.