• Composition Luciano Berio, Sébastien Roux
  • Artistic & stage direction Joris Lacoste
  • Choreography & assistant direction Claire Croizé
  • Musical direction Filip Rathé
  • HYOID voices Esther Rispens, Naomi Beeldens, Ellen Wils, Fabienne Seveillac, Andreas Halling, Eymeric Mosca, Arnout Leems, Pascal Zurek
  • Lights & scenography Florian Leduc
  • Artistic co-conception Fabienne Seveillac
  • Sound Patrick Delges (Centre Henri Pousseur)
  • Sound Design Camille Lézer
  • Stage management Jan-Simon De Lille
  • Costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz
  • Production assistance Veerle Vervoort
  • Executive Production La Muse en Circuit – CNCM, HYOID voices
  • With the support from the Flemish Government, Perpodium & Cohort production
  • Coproduction Festival Musica – Strasbourg, Centre Henri Pousseur – Liège (BE), De Bijloke Music Center – Ghent (BE), C-TAKT – Pelt (BE)

Joris Lacoste proposes the first ever staging of the version for 8 voices of A-Ronne, composed by Luciano Berio in 1974-1975. Conceived as a kind of “musical documentary” based on a poem by Edoardo Sanguineti, this musical piece mixes excerpts and allusions to numerous other texts: translations of the Bible, Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, Goethe’s ‘Faust’, ‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and snippets of text by Roland Barthes.

Joris Lacoste wishes to bring forward what Berio called a ‘theatre of the ear’, where the phrases, words and voices are the real characters of the piece. Each spectator will be equipped with wireless headphones through which he or she will first hear an electroacoustic prologue composed by Sébastien Roux, followed by Berio’s piece performed by 8 male and female singers from the Brussels ensemble HYOID. The show is designed to be performed in large spaces such as empty warehouses: the mobility of the singers, the conductor and the audience itself will make it possible to explore a gap between what is heard and what is seen, to choreograph games of distance and proximity, of appearance and disappearance, of gathering and dispersing, all in function of Berio’s score.