International artists from Brittany2 min
From Bangladesh to Japan, Burkina Faso, Australia and Brazil, in 2019 Breton artists are set to travel around the world for residencies, meetings and co-creations.
Spotlight on nine of these projects, from visual to performing arts supported by the Institut francais and the Brittany region.
Vers les Indes Baroques (Towards the Baroque Indies) by Son Ar Mein
In February 2019, Son Ar Mein travelled to Bangladesh for a creative residency and a series of three concerts in Dhaka and Chittagong, with the choir from the Asian University for Women, South Asia's first all-female university. Through French baroque and Renaissance music and other European masterpieces, they all seek to promote the education and emancipation of young women from Asia and the Middle East.
La Roue de la mort (The Wheel of Death) by Galapiat Cirque
A symbol of the traditional circus, the wheel of death is renowned for the horror and admiration it elicits from the public. Based on these emotions, Galapiat Cirque wanted to reverse the trend with their "little" wheel of death, and open up many more possibilities. They thus make this vehicle a new game partner, both on the ground and in the water. Part of the residency for the creation of this project has taken place in Finland in 2019 and 2020.
The artistic creation residence of Sitala Lillin’Ba / Sitala Kounou
The Sitala associations have been working for 15 years on innovative artistic cooperation between France and Burkina Faso. In January 2019, Sitala Kounou, composed of musicians from France and Burkina Faso, created a creative residence as well as a time for exchanges and training for the professions of sound and light technicians.
Arbre (Tree) by Mylinh Nguyen
This travelling sound sculpture feeds on the interest it receives and the stories it tells: visitors listen to the stories submitted by those who came before them, and must in turn leave a message in the only structure with a microphone and represented by an ear. The work was presented at The Terminal Kyoto in October 2019 as part of the White Night.
Emprunt – Urushi (Loan – Urushi) by Émilie Pédron
The technique developed by Émilie Pédron during her residency at Villa Kujoyama in 2016 involves harvesting natural clay that provides great richness in colours, textures, materials etc. A technique that she learned to complete in Kyoto in November 2019 by training in the traditional technique of repairing with lacquer (urushi) to carry out alterations.
Oficina Itinerante by the Hirundo Rustica Company
In March 2019, Jean-Luc Thomas travelled to Brazil to record “Oficina Itinerante”, based on his multimedia show “Oficina”. Designed as a travel diary, the album, which will be released on 28 February 2020, pays tribute to the places and people the artist has met over the past 20 years.
Écho ou la parole est un miroir muet (Echo, Or Speech is a Silent Mirror) by the Alexandre Company
This piece by Xavier Maurel combines text and dance with the soundscape of the Ez3kiel group. Designed to be performed in the forest, Echo ou la parole est un miroir muet is re-created in situ with a new troupe of non-professional dancers in each territory where it is presented, notably in Brazzaville and Kinshasa in December 2019.
Walk Man in Seoul, from the Théâtre de l’Arpenteur
Walk Man in Seoul is the Korean version of a soundtrack concept developed in France by the Théâtre de l’Arpenteur. A creation designed by Hervé Lelardoux assisted by Ji-In Gook, which immerses the spectator in the city of Seoul and the memory of Seoulites. This project was presented in October 2019 during the Seoul Street Art Festival.
Samir Mougas's residency at the Jam Factory
After a residency in Australia in the summer of 2019, Samir Mougas made a set of eight glazed sandstone wall sculptures that combined, in an animist dimension, mouldings of hubcaps and sausages. The residency allowed him to develop several enamel recipes to work on the glossy texture of his objects.
The Institut français and the project
These nine projects were supported by the Institut français as part of its partnership with the Brittany Region.
The Institut français partners with 21 local authorities to develop international artistic exchanges.