THROUGH THE YEARS

En répétition à La Réunion


A FILETTA & DANYEL WARO

Ce projet est né de la rencontre du Réunionnais Danyel Waro et du Corse Jean-Claude Acquaviva. Aussi coriaces l’un que l’autre, aussi viscéralement attachés à leur île. Deux « résistants », deux défenseurs de leur langue, deux poètes.

Prenant à son compte le « maloya », la musique des esclaves et des cérémonies, Danyel Waro, né en 1955, chante l’amour de cette terre, son pays, et de tous ceux qui y vivent. Il chante sa colère aussi, face aux abus du passé, aux inégalités du présent. Avec des mots qui dansent, qui « sonnent, guérissent, dérangent », il chante l’indignation passionnelle de ceux qui veulent être reconnus. C’est dans le créole de son île, à travers la bouleversante chaleur de sa voix généreuse, qu’il transmet ardeur et fureur.

De même s’il arrive à l’Ensemble A Filetta de voyager du côté de l’italien, du géorgien ou du latin c’est évidemment la langue corse qui vit au cœur de ses chants. Tout comme Danyel Waro, Jean-Claude Acquaviva - de dix ans son cadet - accorde sa confiance aux paroles, à leurs rythmes et cadences. Pour l’un comme pour l’autre, il ne s’agit pas de « maintenir » une tradition, encore moins de s’y enfermer, mais de la faire vivre.

Voilà pourquoi furent créées en 1989, les Rencontres des Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi, où se retrouvent, des groupes de toutes nationalités, de toute obédience musicale et où se sont connus et reconnus Danyel Waro et Jean-Claude Acquaviva. C’est également en 1989 qu’est né le Festival Africolor. Pour leur vingtième édition, les deux festivals décidaient en 2008 de provoquer la rencontre entre ces deux artistes et leurs formations.

Après cette première rencontre et après plusieurs concerts en France, en Europe et à La Réunion, il est apparu évident que cette création se devait de trouver une suite : après le ravissement de la rencontre, il fallait goûter à la joie des retrouvailles et d’une nouvelle profondeur.

 

Les théâtres départementaux de la Réunion ont donc décidé d’accueillir en résidence ce projet fin septembre 2011. Il a donc été créé un spectacle entièrement nouveau « polyphonies insulaires ». 

 

Ce travail a mis notamment l’accent sur le dialogue non seulement possible mais chaleureux entre deux langues dites minoritaires (corse et créole) : Le Maloya de Danyel Waro et la polyphonie d’A Filetta ont toujours accordé une importance prépondérante au texte, à sa qualité, sa musicalité, son imaginaire.


 
 




THEATER: PESSOASSION

2009:
Helmut Bürgel, artistic director of the Stimmen Voices festival in Lörrach (Germany) asked Jean-Claude Acquaviva to translate three texts from Pessoa into Corsican and to set them to music.

This new composition was presented at the festival in July 2009. The singers of A Filetta shared the stage with the musician Joana Aderi.


 
 




OPERA: LUCIO

2007: “Lucio, le rêve de l’âne d’or” A new opera of children with ADEM 06, the Orchestra of Cannes and the GRUSS circus; music by Bruno Coulais, direction by Orlando Forioso. Presented at the Nikaia, Nice.


 
 




THEATER: CULOMBA

2007:

Participation in an adaptation by Orlando Forioso of Colomba (Mérimée) at the theatre (also performed at Propriano, Bastia, Calvi and Ajaccio)


 
 




OPERA: MARCO POLO

2006

Participation in an opera on the voyages of Marco Polo with a libretto again by Orlando Forioso, to the music of Bruno Coulais.

Marco Polo, opéra de l’invisible voyage is an opera, in the ancient meaning of the word, that is, the meeting of music and theatre which, together or each in turn, tell a story.

“Today, the world seems small, but there was a time without time when all were looking for space,” says Marco Polo, a Marco Polo who travelled, not to know, but to lose himself, to become invisible as the men he looked for were invisible. The opera deals with the sonority of meeting, with wonderment before the other, with the sensuality of the voyage, with the way of losing oneself in visions which are too excessive not to be true. The characters play, sing and dance while a western Marco meets an eastern Marco who has made the same journey in the opposite direction. The project was enriched with his strong presence of Guillaume Depardieu as actor and singer.

The preview of the opera was presented at the Theatre of Bastia in February 2006 before being performed at the Biennale of Venice on the 23 and 24 of February 2006.


 
 




THEATER: LA GRAMMAIRE

2005

Recording of the soundtrack for the music of Orlando Forioso’s new show, with texts by Gianni Rodari - Fantastica, la grammaire de l’imagination.


 
 




IN MEMORIAM

2004:

Participation in a choreographic performance, In Memoriam, in Monaco, under the auspices of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo; the performance was devised by the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, based on A Filetta’s vocal work of the previous ten years. Presented at the Nijinsky Awards ceremony, it was partially broadcast live on TMC and MEZZO.

Costumes: HEDI SLIMANE / Dior Homme

Stage design and lighting: DOMINIQUE DRILLOT

Performances on 18 December (Nijinsky Awards) and 26, 27, 28, 29 December 2004 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco – and again on 12 and 13 August 2006 in Monaco.

“When someone is no longer, he becomes memory. Returning to memories of the past allows us to better understand the reality of the present. It is obvious that our ancestors, parents and childhood define what we are today and what we will be tomorrow, but can the present not also redefine the past? This link between reality and memory is at the centre of “In Memoriam.”

A Filetta’s contemporary compositions are fed by music of Corsican oraltradition and embody this link between past and present. Just like the costumes of Hedi Slimane, they support the idea that tradition can only exist through its reinvention in the present.

Through memory, the dancers create the reality of a performance….

Between absence and presence are woven movements and memories, under the roots of a world which pursues its course in the present.”

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


 
 




OPERA: ROBIN ET MARION

2003

The group took part in an operetta for children, commissioned by ADEM 06, with the libretto and direction by Orlando Forioso and music for choirs, soloists and orchestra by Bruno Coulais: Il Gioco di Robin e Marion. There were performances in Nice, Cannes, le Cannet and Bastia.


 
 




I SIPOLCRI

 
 




OPERA: DON JUAN

2000

The group returned to the theatre to perform Don Ghjuvanni in commedia dell’arte, under the direction of Orlando Forioso, a Neapolitan director. This hilarious comedy involves highly colourful characters; the group plays a band of travelling performers (actually, a disguised militia from the Vatican) who arrive at an inn to carry out a “nasty job”… all to the music of Bruno Coulais.

 


 
 




1997 

Composition of the choruses for Seneca’s Medea:

One August evening in 1995, at a concert in the oratorio of Saint Antoine de Calvi, the group A Filetta met Jean-Yves Lazennec, a young director with Breton origins. The idea of a collaboration was touched on and some month later they developed a project for staging an ancient text, “Medea” by Seneca.

The group took on the musical composition which began by translating texts from Latin into Corsican. Then came a purely vocal and fairly surprising score (essentially polyphonic) for six voices. The singers performed these choruses on stage during a French tour.

The repertoire of Medea was first recorded in 2005.

2007

“Medea ritratti di voci” performed together with a Sardinian singer and actress (Lia Careddu and Elena Ledda) and musicians from the LivornoConservatoire, based on the choruses of Seneca’s Medea composed and edited for the group in 2006.

6 performances, at Porto Torres, Livornoand Calvi.


 
 




LIBERATA

2005

Performance of the original song of the TV film LIBERATA by Philippe Carrèse, a historical drama of 1 hour 30 mins. on the subject of the resistance in Corsica. A co-production broadcast by France 3.

A CD provides the two versions of this song : one for voices and piano (the film version) and one completely a cappella polyphonic version.


 
 




LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR

2001: Le peuple Migrateur by Jacques Perrin


 
 




COMME UN AIMANT

2000: Music for the film Comme un Aimant by Akhenaton, music by Bruno Coulais and Akhenaton (singer of IAM)


 
 




LE LIBERTIN

1999: Le Libertin by Gabriel Aghion


 
 




HIMALAYA, L'ENFANCE D'UN CHEF

1999: Music for the film Himalaya, l'Enfance d'un Chef by Éric Valli, music by Bruno Coulais

 DISQUE D'OR


 
 




DON JUAN

1998: Music for the film Don Juan by Jacques Weber, music by Bruno Coulais


 
 


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