Francisco Pez / Le Balcon

[SOLD OUT] Custodians of the sky

Contemporary music and video creation

On the occasion of the exhibition "Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters", the museum invites you to discover contemporary Australian creation.

As part of the cycle "Contemporary Australian Expressions"

With Luke Styles and the orchestra Le Balcon

Using poems by contemporary Australian authors, field recordings, video creation and electronic music, the composer Luke Styles signs a new instrumental, vocal and electronic piece, that brings nearly 20 musicians on stage. A new dreamlike piece, built around the constellations visible from Australia, and integrating sound recordings made at the country’s stargazing sites.
“The work will connect all peoples through our common link with space and celestial bodies. It will refer to the different cultural interpretations of space and the stars.”


© Francisco Pez / Le Balcon


With gratitude to Bill Yidumduma Harney for his generous guidance, encouragement and support, and to the Wardaman peoples, for holding and sharing celestial knowledge of the skies that are referenced herein.

  • A piece by Luke Styles
    Libretto based on poems by Bill Yidumduma Harney, Hugh Cairns, David Malouf, Margaret Bradstock, Renee Pettitt-Schipp and A. Frances Johnson

    Musical direction: Alphonse Cemin
    Video creation : Nieto
    Musical computer production : Rémi Le Taillandier de Gabory
    Sound projection :  Pierre Favrez
    Video : Romain Tanguy
    Orchestra stage management : Typhaine Potiez, Thomas Le Roux
    Translation : Gaspard Kiejman

    Tenor : Michael Smallwood
    Baryton : Damien Pass

    Clarinet : Iris Zerdoud
    Oboe : Stéphane Mingasson
    Bassoon : Julien Abbes
    Horn : Joël Lasry
    Trumpet : Matthias Champon
    Trombone : Maxime Morel
    Percussion : Akino Kamiya et François-Xavier Plancqueel
    Violas : Vladimir Percevic et Arianna Smith
    Cellos : Askar Ishangaliyev et Clotilde Lacroix
    Double Basses : Ulysse Vigreux et Louis Siracusa

    Production Le Balcon
    Maxime Pascal : artistic director
    Florent Derex : executive director
    Production : Iris Zerdoud, Gaspard Kiejman, Koré Préaud
    Intern : Iona Cheniti


  • Duration:  00:45
  • Place:   Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • TimeSlots:
    The Saturday 15 April 2023 from 18:00 to 19:00

    The Sunday 16 April 2023 from 17:00 to 18:00
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   All publics
  • Categorie : Events
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L'événement en images

[Translate to Anglais:] Custodians of the Sky

© Francisco Pez / Le Balcon

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