music for theater and marionettes
Soundtrack composed by Jerome Baur
TRAILERSpectacle de 75 mn - Danemark - 2006
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
Show for all audiences written and directed by Giacomo Ravicchio - Production: Meridiano Teatret (Denmark) - Music by Jérôme Baur (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Tomorrow is Victoria's 100th birthday. If it snows on her birthday, it will be a beautiful year!
Right now, she has a busy schedule because she wants to get everything ready for her party! In the course of the activities she leads with her sparkling energy in the company of her big cat, Victoria takes us on a journey through time and memory.
She has crossed a century, rich with all her adventures that we are far from suspecting. Victoria shares with us her joy of life, the magic of small things and the quality of the present moment.
Like soap bubbles, these are her dreams that twirl around on this very special winter day. Let's hope the snow comes tomorrow!
These three shows present different aspects of existence, from the creation of life "Genesis", the questioning of death "Anima" and finally, the content, the quality of the present moment "All the time in the world".
With the theatrical signature (textual, sound and visual) so particular to the author Giacomo Ravicchio, set to music by the composer Jerome Baur and interpreted with the talent of the actors of the Meridiano Theater, these are philosophical concepts sometimes complex but always universal that are treated, translated and accessible for all ages.
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD concludes this journey by celebrating life through the daily life of a woman who is 99 years old and is getting ready to celebrate her 100th birthday the next day.
Emotion is the key word that emerges from these three shows. Animating at the same time our questioning on the condition of being human and filling our eyes, our ears and our hearts with rare and precious moments, it is a real journey that weaves itself, both sweet and wonderful.
"As long as we are not dead ... we are alive! "
If this sentence can lead to laughter, as a "brief" given to a composer, I can confirm that it earned me a few sleepless nights ... However, this idea illustrates well the stake of the show as well as the universe of Victoria (the puppet).
The initial choice was to limit the narration and the dramaturgy in a narrow "corridor of expression" which proved to be more and more limiting and demanding.
Indeed, as this was a 100 year old woman (or almost), the risk of falling into "indigestible pathos" or into a "postcard of the third age" was real. The more the production progressed, the more severe the "artistic choices" and the dangers became.
Despite the fact that there are two actors on stage plus a marrionette, it was still one and the same character to whom to give life, emotions and history for more than 45 minutes.
"The music participates in bringing to life
this strange object made of wood and fabric,
this silent thing placed on a chair,
ready to give us its story, the puppet..."
In this, the marrionnette is, like the "Clown", at the same time fragile and so powerful. The music becomes the expression of his soul, his thoughts and his dreams.
For a composer, to bring to life an object that is basically inert, is an experience as difficult as it is exciting and magical.
In the background of many of my music pieces I have spent time creating a collection of sounds using granular synthesis. These synthesized layers of sound evolve in a random fashion, creating accidents of sound (harmonics, clicks, chords, clusters, timbres, frequencies, etc.).
This substrate on which the "classical" orchestrations are based is constantly in movement and obeys neither rhythm nor tempo and relatively little harmony. Like a cauldron of sound full of life and stirring in the background, this principle keeps a continuous tension even if the theme in the foreground inspires peace or calm. With the first notes of music, it is the inner life of the character that blossoms and tells us: "listen... and believe in me".
On stage: Elise Müller, Lars Begtrup et Victoria (the marionette)
Writed and Directed by Giacomo Ravicchio
Music composed and performed by Jerome Baur
Sound design by Jerome Baur
Produced and performed by the Merdiano Theater
Set design, light design and video : Giacomo Ravicchio
Administration : Poul Pedersen
Technical & Lights engeener: Jeppe Volkmann
Scenography constructor: Steen Molls Rasmussen
Marionettes maker: Poul Arne Kring
Costumes: Helene Thygesen
GALLERYphotos © thomas Petri