Etienne Briand

Invited to the 2018 Books & Music Festival

After studying Performing Arts at the University of Rennes, Etienne Briand did several internships at the TNB under the direction of Stanislas Nordey, Olivier Dupuy, Serge Tranvouez. He continued his training as an actor at the ACTEA Cité Théâtre in Caen for two years (2002/2004) where he took courses directed by Mladen Materich, François Lazarro, Paul Chiriboutsa, Philippe Müller, Yves Marc and Claire Heggen. At the same time he obtained his diploma of musical studies in trombone at the Conservatoire of Caen. Engaged in creations of the Scène Nationale d'Evreux under the direction of Jacques Falguières, he joins his teaching team.
Associate artist of the Ouranies Théâtre since the creation of the company in 2012, alongside Virginie Boucher, he imagines singular scenic devices at the service of the artistic proposal of the company: solo performer in Dompter la Bicyclette by Mark Twain and L'Apprenti Sorcier by Goethe, he explores the interactions between acting and scenic video. In 2015, relying on the use of new technologies, he weaves a link between memories and works of art for his staging of the project " Les Réminiscences du Musée ". With the outdoor creation "La Dentelle à fleur de Peau" he explores the video projection on natural and architectural elements through a translucent support. Recently, he conceived "La Puce à l'Oreille" an installation/performance: equipped with headphones, the public listens to texts read by an actor, mixed "live" with an original sound creation.

 

La Puce à l'Oreille -Les Ouranies Théâtre

We adapt different formats of literary works for the stage, seeking to create a discrepancy through innovative acting proposals. For that, we question all the possibilities between the presence of the actor on stage and the projections of sound and visual images. Our creations aim to plunge the spectator into a strong imagination thanks to a singular use of new technologies. In this universe full of contrasts, dreamlike poetry and offbeat humor come together. The transdisciplinarity is at the origin of our artistic gesture. 

"La Puce à l'Oreille", created for the Salon du Livre d'Alençon in 2017, was born from the desire to offer spectators/visitors the reading of literary works via an innovative sound device: an actor reads short excerpts of works. His voice is mixed "live" with a sound creation combining sound effects and music. Comfortably installed in their seats, the spectators equipped with headphones, let themselves be immersed in the universe of the texts with sound.

"I have always loved reading aloud. With La puce à l'Oreille I have now discovered the pleasure of reading inside. If I was well in the middle of the world under the dome of the wheat hall, I was also protected from the noise of the world thanks to my helmet. With my eyes closed, I was able to savor the text in particular. I gave myself up to listening to this voice which brought me a whole palette of emotions.

"When will we leave for happiness" said the poet. I was already on my way. - Monique Cabasson, President of the Alençon Book Fair

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