Vivian : Clicks And Pics

A CHAMBER OPERA INSPIRED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK OF  VIVIAN MAIER

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION October 2020 at Théâtre de Caen (France)

with Léa Trommenschlager (soprano), Caroline Cren (piano) and Agnès Mellon (live photography)
Design, music, dramaturgy and artistic direction Benjamin Dupé
Inspired by the photographic work of Vivian Maier
Stage design Olivier Thomas | Live photography Agnès Mellon |Texts after  Susan Sontag, Jérôme Ferrari, John Berger, Jean-Christophe Bailly… | Lighting design Christophe Forey | Sound Julien Frenois | Costumes design to be determinated

Production Comme je l’entends, les productions – Théâtre de Caen – gmem-CNCM-marseille – Fondation Royaumont – and other coproducers (to be determinated)

« Between opera, photographic concert and silver performance, “Vivian: clicks and pics” is an echo chamber to the work of American photographer Vivian Maier. Dead unknown in 2009, the author of striking street shots or mischievous self-portraits is invited to exit the picture and go on stage. Represented by a lyrical singer and a living photographer, her figure evolves in a sound and visual device, in which intermingle original photographs, musical interpretations of images, snapshots taken on stage and sung meditations on the power of photographic art. A poetic, visual and musical evocation of a woman and her sensibility. »

model of the set © Olivier Thomas