Donatienne Michel-Dansac | Catherine Maximoff [Paris]
Georges Aperghis, 14 Récitations | Aperghis, Tempête sous un Crâne
Music for voice and body
14 Récitations by the French-Greek composer Georges Aperghis (1945) is both music and theatre. Aperghis wrote this composition not only for the performer’s voice but for her whole body. Vowels and consonants, the building blocks of our language, are permutated, articulated and coloured, resulting in a piece of extraordinary intensity.
The French soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac literally embodies this music, with the technical, mental and musical skills Aperghis’ demanding score requires: ‘This music has taught me a lot, not only with regard to my voice, and I am still learning from it. I am very grateful to Georges Aperghis for this ongoing inner journey.’
In the second part we shall be showing a brand new documentary on Aperghis’ fascinating work in music and theatre: Aperghis, Tempête sous un Crâne, by the French film-maker Catherine Maximoff.
14 Récitations (1978), Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano)
Aperghis, Tempête sous un Crâne, un film de Catherine Maximoff (F 2006), en français, sous-titré en anglais / 58 minutes / production Patrice Nezan/LesFilmsDuPrésent)