Le sec et l’humide is the rough draft that the director Guy Cassiers is developing before his creation in 2016 of Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) based on the novel by Jonathan Littell. At the time of the composition of his tale, the author had written a short essay on Léon Degrelle, a Belgium fascist active during the Second World War. In Le sec et l’humide, a narrator tells how Degrelle’s language betrayed the structure of his thoughts. The narrator becomes, little by little, the subject of his study. Guy Cassiers, grand figure in European theater and opera (The Ring at La Scala in Milan), has often focused his work on figures of power: Mefisto for ever, Wolfskers, Atropa. Revenging peace. Today, he experiences the tools from IRCAM to produce this entanglement of the present and archives, a troubling porosity, effected in the medium of sound.
Le sec et l’humide
Based on the work by Jonathan Littell, Éditions Gallimard, 2008
Director Guy Cassiers
Performance Filip Jordens
Voice Johan Leysen
Dramaturgy Erwin Jans
Sound Design Diederik De Cock
Assistant Director Camille de Bonhomme IRCAM Computer Music Design Grégory Beller
A Toneelhuis production. An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, CENTQUATRE-PARIS coproduction. With the support of the SACD and the FCM-Fonds pour la création musicale. IRCAM and the CENTQUATRE are partners for experimental performance projects.