Date(s) - 11/03/2014
Edouard Michelin Auditorium
“ON LES AURA !” is the onstage adaption of a graphic novel based on the diary of a World War 1 French soldier.It’s an exciting performance including music, speech, and live sketching projected on screen.
The anonymous diary describes the beginning of the war when all were convinced they would be soon victorious. The text relates the mostly rural everyday life of the soldier, far less horrible than the usual accounts of life in the trenches.
The idea of an onstage adaptation of the novel emerges in 2012, driven by the demand of the Museum of the Chemin des Dames / Caverne du Dragon, an institution which supported Barroux in his historical and iconography research, and a museum where the original book pages are currently on display.
The original notebook is filled with musical references, old songs and sound images, which quickly led to the conclusion that the storytelling should be accompanied by music. It is therefore an electric guitar that follows the course of the story, evoking, suggesting – without ever telling. Julien Joubert builds music full of nuances, between atmospheres and melodies. He crafts musical loops, melodic or noisy, light or distressing, aerial or unstructured. He beats his guitar, distorts the sound to paint the deafening noise of the exploding shells… Waves of sound are coming back and forth, creating a deep soundscape. A few muted notes and you can imagine the marchingsoldiers. A rhythm full of tension highlights the mad rush of the train carrying back wounded soldiers.
10th March, 4.pm: Conference by Barroux, Illustrator at Lalit Kala Akademi, 4, Greams Road
Entry Free – Open to all