Clartés obscures

Clartés obscures

Octonaires on the World's Vanity and Inconstancy


Opéra de Limoges – 5 December 2020

In tribute to Christian Biet


« What is the world, then? A wind, a flower, a ripple. » - Antoine de Chandieu


Conductor, Edward Ananian-Cooper

Conceptors, Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Delœuil

Lighting designer, Christophe Pitoiset

Graphic designers, video, Julien Roques & Benjamin Juhel

Dramaturge, Luc Bourrousse

Choeur de l’Opéra de Limoges


Opéra de Limoges, in coproduction with Clarac-Delœuil > le lab - New production.


Inspired by the sanitary crisis of this spring 2020, this Concert-Installation proposes an answer, in the form of an esthetic manifesto, to preventative measures and social distancing: a Musical Meeting of a new kind, in which everyone agrees to have one’s visual and auditory markers constantly disarranged.

Seated among the spectators, a small group of singers perform a selection of Octonaires, short eight-lines poems, sung a capella, emblematic of the spiritual songs of the French Renaissance. Their subtle polyphony invites us to meditate, through music, on the futility and fickleness of worldly concerns.

But the proffered esthetic experience aims to be, first and foremost, a profoundly apeasing and comforting one: through the delicate combination of the human and the technological, this Concert-Installation literally brings us to the heart of music, inviting us to recover a lost intimacy with performers, in a performance hall resurrected at last as a collective space devoted to pleasure, joy and meaning.