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Etienne Briand

Guest at the 2018 Books & Music Festival

Following studies in Performing Arts at the University of Rennes, Etienne Briand did several internships at TNB under the supervision of Stanislas Nordey, Olivier Dupuy, Serge Tranvouez. He continued his training as an actor at ACTEA Cité Théâtre in Caen for two years (2002/2004) where he followed internships led by Mladen Materich, François Lazarro, Paul Chiriboutsa, Philippe Müller, Yves Marc and Claire Heggen. In parallel he obtained his diploma in musical studies in trombone at the Conservatory of Caen. Engaged in creations of the National Scene of Evreux under the direction of Jacques Falguières, he joined his teaching team.
Associated artist of Ouranies Théâtre since the creation of the company in 2012 alongside Virginie Boucher, he imagines unique scenic devices at the service of the artistic purpose of the company: solo performer in Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Goethe, he explores the interactions between acting and stage 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 video projection on natural and architectural elements through a translucent support. Recently, he designed “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 Theater

We adapt for the stage different formats of literary works while seeking to create the shift by innovative play proposals. For this, 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 immerse the spectator in a strong imagination thanks to a unique use of new technologies. In this universe full of contrasts, dreamlike poetry and quirky humor come together. 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 extracts from works. His voice is mixed "live" with a sound creation combining sound effects and music. Comfortably seated in their armchairs, spectators equipped with audio headsets, allow themselves to be immersed in the world of sound texts.

“I have always enjoyed reading aloud. With La puce à l'Oreille I have now discovered all the pleasure of interior reading. If I was in the middle of the world under the whip of the wheat hall, I was also thanks to my helmet protected from the din of the world. With my eyes closed, I was able to savor the text in particular. I abandoned myself to listening to this voice which brought me a whole palette of emotion.

"When do 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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