Etienne Briand

Guest of the 2018 Books & Music Festival

After studying Performing Arts at the Université de Rennes, Etienne Briand worked as an intern at the TNB under the direction of Stanislas Nordey, Olivier Dupuy, Serge Tranvouez. He pursued his training to become an actor at the ACTEA Cité Théâtre in Caen for two years (2002/2004), where he did some internships under the direction of Mladen Materich, François Lazarro, Paul Chiriboutsa, Philippe Müller, Yves Marc and Claire Heggen. He also obtained his certificate in trombone musical studies at the Conservatory of Caen. Participating in the creations of the Scène Nationale of Evreux under the direction of Jacques Falguières, he integrated his teaching staff.
Associated artist of the Ouranies Théâtre since the creation of this theatre company in 2012, together with Virginie Boucher, he conceived unique scenic features serving the art focus of the company: performing alone on the stage in Dompter la Bicyclette by Mark Twain and L’Apprenti Sorcier of Goethe, he explores the interactions between actor’s role and scenic video. In 2015, based on the use of new technologies, he develops a link between memories and works of art to stage the project titled “Les Réminiscences du Musée”. Through the outdoor creation “La Dentelle à fleur de Peau”, he explored the video projection on natural and architectural elements through a transparent support. Lately, he conceived “La Puce à l’Oreille”: an installation/performance. The public, equipped with headphones, listens to texts read by an actor, mixed “live” through an original sound creation.

 

La Puce à l’Oreille –Les Ouranies Théâtre

We adapt for the stage several formats of literary works, trying to create a gap through innovative fun proposals. We explore all the options around the presence of the actor on the stage and the projection of sound and visual images. Our creations aim at plunge the public into a powerful imagery through a singular use of new technologies. In this world full of contrasts, dreamlike poetry and offbeat humour combine. Transdisciplinarity is the origin of our artistic gesture. 

"La Puce à l'Oreille", created for the Salon du Livre d’Alençon in 2017, wanted to offer to the spectators/visitors the reading of literary works through an innovative sound device: an actor reading short extracts of works. His voice is mixed "live” with a sound creation that combines sound effects and music. Lying back in their armchairs, the spectators, equipped with headphones, plunge into the universe of sound texts.

« J’ai toujours beaucoup aimé la lecture à voix haute. Avec La puce à l’Oreille j’ai maintenant découvert tout le plaisir de la lecture intérieure. Si j’étais bien au milieu du monde sous lacoupole de la halle au blé, j’étais aussi grâce à mon casque protégée du vacarme du monde. Les yeux fermés, j’ai pu tout particulièrement savourer le texte. Je me suis abandonnée à l’écoute de cette voix qui m’apportait toute une palette d’émotion.

« Quand partons-nous pour le bonheur » disait le poète. Moi j’étais déjà en route. » - Monique Cabasson, President of the Book Fair of Alençon