Creation Aire de Jeu 2015 – Les Subsistances, Lyon
By Maud Le Pladec and Okwui Okpokwasili with the music of Kalevi Aho
Performance in English, supertitled in French
For her third experience participating in the Aire de Jeu festival, Maud Le Pladec has chosen to respond to her invitation from Les Subsistances by extending her own invitation to the performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili to co-write a project.
Hunted is an incantatory project, a chant in which American performer Okwui Okpokwasili wields words, lyrics, singing and bodies to the music of Kalevi Aho. The piece invokes witch figures such as Medea, the Macbeth witches, Mary Wigman, Valeska Gert, Tatsumi Hijikata or even stirrers such as Nanny and the members of the collective W.I.T.C.H. (…). Hunted offers a hybrid of storytelling and “neo-paganistic” ritual. Okwui Okpokwasili embodies a vocabulary drawing her source in folklore and political language – a presence straddling reality and superstition uniting with the music of Kalevi Aho.
Hunted was inspired by the book, Witches: Hunted, Appropriated, Empowered, Queered by Anna Colin, which accompanied the project “Plus ou moins sorcières” (More or Less Witches), a cycle of exhibits, projections performances and conferences presented in 2012 at Maison Populaire in Montreuil.
Conception: Maud LE PLADEC, Okwui OKPOKWASILI
Texts, songs and interpretation: Okwui OKPOKWASILI
Lights: Nicolas MARC
Costumes: Alexandra BERTAUT
Voice training : Dalila KHATIR
Musicians on live : Jean-Etienne SOTTY, Fanny VICENS
On a music by : Kalevi AHO
Accordion sonata n 2, black birds,
II “birds of the night” ;
I “birds of light” ;
V “black birds”;
IV “birds of desolation”
arranges for two accordions by Jean-Etienne Sotty et Fanny Vicens
COPRODUCTION Les Subsistances, Lyon
WITH THE SUPPORT OF Ministère de la Culture – DRAC Bretagne au titre des compagnies conventionnées, de la Région Bretagne, de la Ville de Rennes