Décor Sonore

I|M productions since 2004

2019
- Coal Wave - Le 9-9bis, Les Rutilants Festival (Oignies, France)

2015
- Camera Sonora
- Saint-Hilaire Church, Les Nuits Romanes Festival (Melle, France)

2012
- TheaterShip (Le Navire Théâtre) - Cornouaille Theater, Sonik festival (Quimper, France)

2011
- AudioVolvo - Volmax Garage (Stokke, Norway)
- Campus Sonoris - Pierre and Marie Curie University, European Heritage Days (Paris, France)
- Primo Piano - Scuola della Misericordia de Venise, Alice Evènements production (Italie)

2010
- WaveFront - Mercure Hotel, Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism, Israël
- Anstimmen - REGIONALE10 festival, Trieben main square, Austria

2008
- IntonaRivoli - Rivoli Castel, Teatro a Corte (Rivoli, Italy)
- Spectropera - Cairo Opera House (Cairo, Egypt)

2007
- Château Fortissimo - Fortress of Blandy-les-Tours, Mémoire Vive festival (France)
- Opéra de Fer - Opera house of Graz and “Kafka’s Sword” statue, La Strada (Graz, Austria)
- Pont sur l’onde - Bridge of Nogent-sur-Marne, festival de l’Oh! (Nogent sur Marne, France)
- Retour aux sources - Thermal spring resort of Encausse, Les pronomades (Encausse-les thermes, France)

2006
- Bruits roses - Central place of Angers, Les Accroche-Cœurs (Angers, France)

2005
- Ondines et Sirènes - St Georges swimming pool, Les Tombées de la nuit (Rennes, France)
- Une petite musique de cour - Hôtel de Beauvais - court of law of Paris, Les rythmes du Marais (Paris, France)

2004
- Dehors/Dedans - Scène Nationale Le Manège and covered Circus of Reims (Reims, France)
- Par-dessus le Marché - Place de la Condamnine, Printemps des Arts (Monaco)
- In Cage - Park of La Roquette, Itinérance Rue (Paris, France)
- Terra Incognita - “Holland” tugboat and wharf of Terschelling, Oerol Festival (Terschelling, Netherland)

Coal Wave - Le 9-9bis, Les Rutilants Festival (Oignies, France) - June 2019

In between the beautiful industrial pit tile buildings of the 9-9bis and the countryside of Oignies, the modern venue "the Métaphone" is staged in a spectacular and unique setting. Coal Wave lets us perceive a new dimension of these constructions of glass, wood, bricks and steel, witnesses of the industrial past of this land.

TheaterShip (Le Navire Théâtre) - Cornouaille Theater, Sonik festival (Quimper, France) - may 2012

Under the guise of a massive quadrangular with its clapboard fronts, the Cornouaille Theater hides superstructures evoking strangely an other type of building: a ship, with its upper deck, passageways, footbridges and transatlantic steamship’s funnels. It is maybe an invitation to travel, sitting in a theater to attend a play or a concert? Here, you will feel the emotion of an other type of trip… When leaving makes you dream more than the destinations; when sailing on the sound waves makes you shivering more than a journey in a cab.

AudioVolvo - Volmax Garage (Stokke, Norway) - october 2011

An instrument made of heavy trucks Volvo’s ultramodern mechanic workshop, on the occasion of its inauguration. Beams, compressed air, tools, pumps, electric elevators, dumpsters and trucks L38 Viking Volvo dating from 1952.

Campus Sonoris - Pierre et Marie Curie University, European Heritage Days (Paris, France) - september 2011

For the lauching of his artistic residence 2011-2013 at UPMC (Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris), and for the European Heritage Days, Michel Risse and Decor Sonore turns the University into a theater of a very unique experience, during the time of a spectacular architecture concert which could and shall never be heard anywhere else. This new creation Instrument|Monument decyphers the University architecture as a score, listens to its structures and its furniture as musical instruments, to make the public space resonate, to sound out the campus : Campus sonoris.

Primo Piano - Scuola della Misericordia de Venise, Alice Evènements production (Italie) - january 2011

Built between 1534 and 1583, the Scuola della Misericordia is one of the six scuole grande, relicts of the rich patrician guilds, notables and Venetian merchants. It had been converted into a military place during the 18th century, then into a sport centre during the 19th century. Among all the artistic magnificence, the frescoes painted by Veronese’s workgroup remains in the chapter room, and are protected today by a woven-wire scaffold that Décor Sonore transformed into a polyrhythmic musical structure for a one and only night.

WaveFront - Mercure Hotel, Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism (Israel) - september 2010

According to the acoustics’ theories, a wavefront is the propagation surface of a sound, light or electromagnetic emission. Frontal, vertical, the Mercure hotel stands up, facing the Mediterranean sea on Bat-Yam’s beach, an industrial suburb of Tel-Aviv which growth pushed until the sea. The Mercure hotel has a typical architecture of the 19th century seafront real-estate promotion. The building is a 230 feet tower laying on a mall, a huge hall lighted by glass roof, a vertical superimposition of concrete blocks covered by mineral flagstones. This year, the Bat-Yam festival, devoted to Music : urban sound an rhythm, was related to the Lanscape Urbanism Biennale and the Décor Sonore company made this lithophone vibrated, like an echo to the Mediterranean sea’s waves, for the festival’s audience.

Anstimmen - Trieben main square, REGIONALE10 (Trieben, Austria) - june 2010

For this very special edition, commissionned for the opening of a new contemporary arts festival, Michel Risse’s scores is not only composed for Décor Sonore’s performers, but extends to the church bells and the permanent industrial drone, to the sounds of Alphorns, children and adult choirs, workers’ marching bands, as well as to the voices of Monika Trotz and Kristof Hiriart.
A spectacular form of open-air performance on sound that invites us to listen further in space and time, to tune to each other and to the city, to intone or «set the tone» : ANSTIMMEN.

IntonaRivoli - Rivoli Castel, Teatro a Corte (Rivoli, Italy) - july 2008

As one sounds the Rivoli castel, one can hear a music score meshed with shapes and stories. Shapes as massive as a fortress, others slender and light, some others pure and graphic, some invisible and ghostly – as though it had been imagined by a creative kid who would have mixed miscellaneously odd construction games. And inside, other inside worlds: installations, signs, writings, imprints, traces, a whole serie of soundtracks to decipher on this great organ made of stones, bricks, steel and glass. IntonaRivoli is also a tribute to the italian artist Luigi Russolo, who wrote The art of noise manifesto, and dreamed, about a century ago, of transforming music by bringing out the sounds of his times on new intruments he had invented : the intonarumori.

Spectropera - Cairo Opera House (Cairo, Egypt) - july 2008

Spectre, from the latin "spectrum", has two meanings in French: it refers both to a « ghostly vision » and to a « spectrum », that of colors, waves and sounds.
Every Opera hosts its phantom ; the Cairo Opera House, this white new figure in the centre of the loudest city of the world, is somehow inhabited by another opera, the one that disappeared in flames in 1976, where Aïda's ghost still wanders.
A sound spectrum on the other hand, pictures its audio content, from the lowest to the highest frequency: Décor Sonore explores, reveals and stages the resonances and the soundscape, to bring out a new representation – not at the Opera but of the Opera.

SPECTROPERA is part of the Instrument|Monument cycle and is commissioned by the French Ambassy in the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and the Cairo Opera House, as part of the events related to the French presidency of the European Union and the 20 years anniversary of the Cairo Opera House.

Château Fortissimo - Fortress of Blandy-les-Tours, Mémoires Vives festival (France) - september 2007

After years of patient restoration, the castle of Blandy-les-Tours is finally open to the public. An authentic fortified castle from the 13th century, brand new like the set of a knighthood film or a “Dungeons and Dragons” game! In order to rediscover this symbol of the medieval world buried deep within our imagination, Décor Sonore opens the secret passageways into the sound world of this gigantic phonolite : stones breathing, crenels resonating, the song of the portcullis and the drawbridge, bubbles from springs and wells, enough to awaken the spirits haunting these places imbued with centuries of history. Choreographic, pyrotechnic, acrobatic, poetic, and spectacular, this monument metamorphosed into an instrument will be, above all, musical, to make the public vibrate with the castle : fortissimo !

Opéra de Fer - Opera house of Graz and “Kafka’s Sword” statue, La Strada (Graz, Austria) - july 2007

Built in 1899 in the purist “rococo” style, the Graz Opera in Austria coexists with another monumental work : “Lichtschwert” (1992) by the artist Hartmut Skerbisch, a strange replica on a 1:1 scale of the metallic framework of the famous Statue of Liberty.
For ten days, the Instrument|Monument team questions this historical and geographic assemblage,  these accumulations of cultural and political symbols, offering a listening of Opernring as a vast sound garden whose walls vibrate, colonnades resound, balconies sing, and beams speak. Under the fingers and the sticks of this creation's performers, the third immaterial construction of light and sound will give rise to an  examination of architecture and memory.

Pont sur l’onde - Bridge of Nogent-sur-Marne, festival de l’Oh! (Nogent sur Marne, France) - may 2007

The first metallic bridge in the history of France, originally constructed on the Seine, the  “Passerelle des Arts” (Arts Footbridge) of Nogent-sur-Marne is one of the countless testimonies of a seemingly distant and silent past.
However, this symbolic object, a tangible representation of abolishing borders between people and ideas, has accumulated an entire audible memory within its materials and structure. A memory of time- this time which we so often represent by water flowing under bridges- and a memory of sounds- invisible sound waves of the past. In this dreamlike creation, Décor Sonore once again bridges the gap between concert, theatre, physical and technological feats, humour and poetry.

Retour aux sources - Thermal spring resort of Encausse, Les pronomades (Encausse-les thermes, France) - may 2007

Its been quite some time since people came to take the beneficial waters of the immemorial springs of Encausse. Like the little prince who quenched his thirst with the sound of the well pulley in the desert, the team of Instrument|Monument will sound out the former springs with their sorcerer wands during one week, listening for the spirit of the place. From this permanently dormant thermal establishment, the ghostly sounds of the baths, walls, bottles, and showers will well up...
Over one evening, the Baths will be heard in a way that you will never see them again, for a final gushing of sounds and memorial sound waves, a last dazzling ballet before their future transformation into a creation centre, a new source of inspirations.

Bruits roses - Central place of Angers (Ralliement Square), Les Accroche-Cœurs (Angers, France) - september 2006

In acoustics, “white noise” reproduces all of the frequencies of the spectrum which can be heard by the human ear. As for “pink noise,” it is “coloured” by an energy increased  by low frequencies, to which other organs of our bodies are sensitive.
For “Les Accroche Cœurs” of Angers, given the theme “la vie en rose” (life in pink). Instrument|Monument explores Ralliement Square : acoustic re-emergence of disappeared buildings, the paleophonic memory of stones, the echoes of the great theatre, the harmonics of candelabras and of street furniture, the sound waves of fountains… A circular route for 6000 persons, based on the pulsations of the underground heart of the square, radiating within the circulation of sounds, machines, and characters, rising up in the resonances of the Haussmann balconies... up to the stone figures, glass surfaces and zinc tops of the theatre.

Ondines et Sirènes - St Georges swimming pool, Les Tombées de la nuit (Rennes, France) - july 2005

Guiding us on this path where reality slips into a dream world, into poetry and music, blind characters appear, sounding out the space with their white stocks, and make us hear sounds as we have never seen them. They lead us to the pool's interior, the theatre of a ballet where all of the music emanates from the place itself, from its fixtures and objects. In a diaphanous atmosphere, stall doors, mezzanine guardrails, diving boards, floorboards, and inflatable buoys become instruments under the fingers of the life-guard characters, swimmers, fishermen, frogmen, and washerwomen who perform an absurd yet relentless score. Each object-sound becomes a character, the water itself becomes a source of sound images, the pool sounds like a boat, a shore, an ocean...The pool steams, the music becomes more and more energetic, the characters are now placed throughout the entire building space, and perform the finale on the whole pool-instrumentarium.

Une petite musique de cour - Hôtel de Beauvais - court of law of Paris, Les rythmes du Marais (Paris, France) - may 2005

“A little court music” draws its inspiration from the site of the Hôtel de Beauvais itself, which is today the administrative court of appeals and was once the residence of W.A. Mozart. In this intimate form of Instrument|Monument, at the crossroads between concert, ballet, theatre, and magical ritual, the artists act as revealers making the memory of the place reappear by offering a listening of it. 

Dehors/Dedans - Scène Nationale Le Manège and covered Circus of Reims (Reims, France) -  september 2004.

For the season's opening and heritage day, Le Manège, the national theatre of Reims, invites Décor Sonore to work on its magnificent winter circus. Over 1000 people come to discover the musicality of the courtyard in an “opening” concert of gates, doors,  front steps, windows, benches and gutters before being swept into the circus. There, the sound show is everywhere, from the 18 meter light rig to the cast iron pillars, bleachers, ceiling lights and parapets, and the ring itself on which dangling characters slide and twirl, as if in a carrousel.

Par-dessus le Marché - Place de la Condamnine, Printemps des Arts (Monaco) - august 2004.

August 9th at nightfall, the market place is transformed; fountain, swing and children's games, newspaper stand, lamp posts, terraces, and cobblestones are both the stages and the instruments of a spectacular and poetic concert. 

In Cage - Park of La Roquette, Itinérance Rue (Paris, France) - june 2004.

On the site of the beautiful La Roquette Public Gardens, not so long ago, “La petite roquette”, a Parisian women's penitentiary, was built. For “Itinérance rue” (Street Roaming), In Cage played on the omnipresent reminders (surely unintentional) of this site's penitentiary world (gates, smoke trap cages, bars, reinforced concrete...) … with an affectionate reference to John Cage.
Instead of working on verticality, this is a path with three movements that the public is invited to follow, guided by blind characters and the sound of the keychains belonging to guards in uniform. The liquid tones of the fountain are followed by the sports field, an absurd and poetic theatre, a game mixing all disciplines and following only musical rules. Finally, it's the public's turn to be confined in the Olympe de Gouges space for the last movement, before they themselves are directed in a concert of keys. 
During the on-site creation residency, the companies offered “guided visits of the sound landscape” to the neighbourhood public, some of whom were seeing impaired : introduction to sound ecology, listening of the environment and urban objects with microphones and stethoscopes, consciousness raising of the collective sound memory...Sound creation workshops were also organized during which time the participants brought their sound objects from their domestic and everyday personal life, ending in a final concert. 

Terra Incognita - “Holland” tugboat and wharf of Terschelling, Oerol Festival (Terschelling, Netherland) - june 2004.

For the opening of the famous international festival "Oerol", the harbour station of  Terschelling (Netherlands) and the historic tugboat, the "Holland", are transformed into a sound theatre in front of 5,000 spectators.
In Terra Incognita, a piece with three movements, the artists come out of the chimney,  move around the poles, wind socks, the elevating travel lift, and the metallic buoys, and turn the site into a gigantic rhythmic music box through the huge 10 cylinders Diesel engine of the tugboat. Radio distress messages, sent by the ships saved by the Holland, pour out of the station's loud speakers; the score leads to a finale of city church bells and fog horns from the port… The Instrument|Monument project sets sail.