Encyclopédie de la parole / Joris Lacoste, Pierre‑Yves Macé, Sébastien Roux & Ictus Paris / Brussels

Encyclopédie de la parole

L’Encyclopédie de la parole is an artistic project exploring the spoken word in all its forms. Since September 2007, l’Encyclopédie de la parole has been collecting all kinds of recordings and indexing them according to specific speech phenomena related to the manner in which people speak, like cadence, chorality, timbre, enunciation, emphasis, spacing, residue, saturation, and melody. Each of these aspects constitutes an entry in l’Encyclopédie, all of which contain a corpus of audio files and an explanatory note.

From this collection, which now comprises more than 1,000 documented recordings available for free online listening, l’Encyclopédie de la parole produces sound pieces, performances, shows, conferences, concerts, and installations.

L’Encyclopédie de la parole is led by a collective of poets, actors, visual artists, ethnographers, musicians, curators, directors, dramatists, choreographers, and radio producers. Its slogan is: “We are all experts in speaking”. 

L’Encyclopédie de la parole received the label European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. It is supported by ARCADI – Initiative and Research Support Fund, and by the National Centre for Cinematography – DICRéAM  


Ensemble Ictus

Ictus is a contemporary music ensemble from Brussels. Since 1994 it has coexisted with P.A.R.T.S. dance school and Rosas dance company (directed by Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker), with which it has already realised 14 productions, from Amor Constante to Vortex Temporum. The ensemble has also worked with choreographers Wim Vandekeybus, Maud Le Pladec, Eleanor Bauer, and Fumiyo Ikeda. Ictus is a group of some 20 co-opted musicians (including the conductor, Georges-Elie Octors). From the very beginning, Ictus has taken a chance on the irreversible mutation of ensembles towards the mixed status of the electric orchestra, for example by engaging a sound engineer in the role of instrumentalist. Ictus creates a new season in Brussels each year, in partnership with the Kaaitheater and Bozar. This season, it experiments with new programmes in front of a cultivated but not specialised audience: lovers of theatre, dance and music. Since 2004, the ensemble has additionally been in residence at the Lille Opera. Ictus is working on the question of formats and listening devices: very short or very long concerts, hidden programmes (e.g. the Blind Date series in Ghent), concerts with commentary, concert festivals in which the public circulates between podiums (e.g. the famous Liquid Room presented throughout Europe). Finally, Ictus is leading a course of study: an Advanced Master’s degree dedicated to the interpretation of modern music, in collaboration with the KASK School of Arts in Ghent. More information, as well as a blog and lots of audio material, are available on the website.


Pierre-Yves Macé

Pierre-Yves Macé’s music intersects contemporary composition, electroacoustic creation, sound art, and a certain rock sensitivity. An important part of his work is based on the concepts of recycling, appropriation, and citation. Begun in 2010, Song Recycle for piano and loudspeaker, resumes and transforms a selection of amateur vocal performances gathered on YouTube. Published on the labels Tzadik, Sub Rosa, and Brocoli, his music is performed by different ensembles, namely: Cairn, L’Instant Donné, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Cris de Paris, and collectif 0 (‘zero’). He also collaborates with the artist group Hippolyte Hentgen and with writers Mathieu Larnaudie, Philippe Vasset, Pierre Senges, and Julien d´Abrigeon, composing the music for productions by Sylvain Creuzevault, Christophe Fiat, Joris Lacoste, Anne Collod, and Fabrice Ramalingom. In 2014, Macé received a laureate from the Hors les murs residency (French Institute) for his project Contreflux. Supported in 2009 by the University of Paris 8, his doctorate in musicology was published by Les presses du réel in 2012 under the title Musique et document sonore


Sébastien Roux

Sébastien Roux composes experimental music, presented in the form of records, listening sessions, installations or sound tours, and radio sessions. He works around the questions of listening, sound space, and composition that start with formal constraints. Since 2011, he has been developing an approach based on the principle of sound translation, which consists of using a pre-existing work (visual, musical, literary) as a score for a new sound piece. He also works with the ensembles Dedalus and GEX. In parallel, Roux regularly collaborates with artists from different fields, such as author Célia Houdart and scenographer Olivier Vadrot, with whom he has realised transdisciplinary and in-situ projects. He has also worked with American choreographer DD Dorvillier on the relationship between dance and music. Roux has received commissions and residencies from EMPAC, Deutschlandradio Kultur, WDR, ZKM, RSR, GRM, Scène Nationale de Montbéliard, La Muse en Circuit, CESARE, and GMEM - CNCM. He was laureate at the Villa Médicis hors-les-murs (USA, 2012) and of the radio art competition La Muse en Circuit. Additionally, he was resident at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2015-2016.


Joris Lacoste

Joris Lacoste has been writing for theatre and radio since 1996 and producing his own shows since 2003. He created 9 lyriques pour actrice et caisse claire at Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in 2005, and then Purgatoire at Théâtre national de la Colline in 2007, for which he was also associate author. From 2007 to 2009, Lacoste was co-director of Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. In 2004 he launched the project Hypnographie to explore the artistic uses of hypnosis: it was in this context that he produced the radio play Au musée du sommeil (France Culture, 2009), the performance-exhibition Le Cabinet d'hypnose (Printemps de Septembre festival, Toulouse, 2010), the theatre play The Real Show (Festival d'Automne, Paris, 2011), the exhibition 12 rêves préparés (GB Agency, Paris, 2012), the performance La maison vide  (far° festival, Nyon, 2012), and 4 prepared dreams (for April March, Jonathan Caouette, Tony Conrad, and Annie Dorsen, New York, 2012). He initiated two collective projects: the W project in 2004 with Jeanne Revel, which deals with the notion of theatrical representation and notably produces seminars as well as performative games; and l’Encyclopédie de la parole in 2007, with which he created the shows Parlement (2009), Suite n°1 'ABC' (2013), Suite n°2 (2015) and Suite n°3 'Europe' (2017).


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