Alone on stage for electric bow, electronics, with dismembered guitar and podorythmics.

Arc is a performance revealing the intimate links between electricity and the intensity of human feelings.

Thanks to a system of electric arcs irradiating the performer and the scenic space, the stage is transformed into an organic, living object, highlighting the electrification of our lives, both technologically and emotionally.
Through this link between electric current and emotions, Arc explores one of the paradoxes of our contemporary societies: the individual need to live more and more intensely in the face of a hysterization of society producing the collapse of this same intensity.
From this paradox, Arc creates a vortex in permanent tension that must change form to avoid collapsing and losing its intensity. Within it, time twists, curves, densifies, relaxes and compresses under the viewer's perception.

The electric arc, a sound and visual phenomenon
The so-called "electric arc" is a phenomenon in which the electric current, passing from one point to another in the air, becomes visible. This phenomenon includes both electric sparks and lightning.
Julien Desprez, in collaboration with Nicolas Canot, creates instruments based on an electric arc. Sound and light are generated directly by electricity itself. One of the modules can be used percussively, the other polyphonically.

The other sound components
Voice, tap dance, electric guitar, electronics, podorythmics dialogue with the arcs to give them a new dynamic. This heterogeneous ensemble moves through several aesthetic territories.
From the softest pop to the most violent noise, the music is built like an electric arc moving in the air. Always looking for a way to sustain its intensity.

Julien Desprez
Sound and visual performance
Tue. September 19, 2023 | 7:00 pm Friche la Belle de Mai (Petit Plateau)

45 min.

Unique 6€
Modulations loyalty card 30€*
Limited number of seats
*Gives access to all Modulations in the 23-24 season

By e-mail:
On site: on the day of the performance, half an hour before the show, subject to availability.

What are Modulations?
Concerts, performances, regular events...
In other words, a season organized by the GMEM.
1st semester dates:
19/09 - 17/10 - 21/11 - 03/12 - 19/12
2nd semester dates :
01/16 - 02/20 - 03/03 - 19/03 - 04/16 - 05/12


Julien Desprez
performance, composition and direction

Nicolas Canot
design of the electric arcs, sound system and control room

Arnaud Marchand
sound engineer

Ana Rita Teodoro
external view, costume design

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