Les subsistances

Creative research laboratory - Lyon
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Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2014 - 2015

Aire de jeu / Kalevi Aho

4th edition – International dance/music festival

From 27 to 31 January 2015

Création  Dance


Aire de jeu? An exceptional encounter

After David Lang in 2012, Julia Wolfe in 2013 and Nico Muhly in 2014, Les Subsistances are inviting the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho for the festival’s 4th edition. The invited choreographers will each select one or more pieces from Aho’s work and Les Subsistances will host a meeting between them, the musicians with whom they are going to work during their residency, and Aho. Aire de jeu is a time for encounters between music and contemporary dance and for investigating their tumultuous relationship.


A composer: Kalevi Aho (Finland)
+ choreographers: Maud Le Pladec & Okwui Okpokwasili (France/United States), Collectif Loge 22 (France), Adam Linder (Australia/Germany)
+ stage musicians
= 3 dance and contemporary music creations.

+++ Bonus +++

As a prelude to each performance, a 15-minute concert will be given by CNSMD students.


Kalevi Aho

“Many composers think it’s forbidden to write beautiful music today. I wonder why? I think everything should be open, anything should be possible, no taboos.” K.A.

Kalevi Aho is a Finnish composer who has received major international awards. Known and recognized in Northern Europe, his numerous works are rarely played in France. His work comprises orchestral compositions, chamber music and vocal works. He has written five operas, fifteen symphonies and a dozen concertos for violin, flute, tuba, bassoon and accordion, as well as numerous orchestra pieces and instrumental solos. Aho has also written arrangements for other composers, as well as critical texts that have become standards on the subject of contemporary music. A particularly appealing aspect of his work is the relationship with the instruments: even when he is composing for an orchestra, he brings out the color and singularity of each instrument with extreme sensitivity. This makes his concertos for solo instruments, for example, a journey through sound. Aho has explored the art of counterpoint and revisited older forms, such as waltzes and polkas. For the past ten years, his post-modern compositions have cleverly juxtaposed highly contrasting tones and genres. His music, which is harmonious, full and, he says, influenced by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Dmitri Shostakovich, often evokes visions of twilit places in his native Finland.


Maud Le Pladec


Maud Le Pladec learned contemporary dance in 1999 by joining the Ex.er.ce troupe at the Centre Chorégraphique National in Montpellier, directed by Mathilde Monnier. She has worked with Takiko Iwabuchi, Guillermo Bothello, Patricia Kuypers, Bojana Mladenovic, Dusan Muric and Boris Charmatz. In 2012, Les Subsistances invited her to create a piece using the work of American composer David Lang. In addition to her creative projects, Maud Le Pladec was the 2013 honoree of the Hors les Murs program of the Institut français.

Loge 22


Based in Lyon, Collectif Loge 22 is co-directed by Marie Goudot, Julien Monty and Michaël Pomero. The collective is a framework for research into and creation based on movement that brings together authors and dancers who have worked with choreographers such as Russell Maliphant, François Laroche-Vallières and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Intended to be a choreography lab, Loge 22 supports a politically engaged concept: the cooperative. In particular, the collective is a co-organizer of Spider, a European platform for artistic exchange.

Adam Linder

Australia / Germany

A choreographer and dancer born in Sydney, Adam Linder left Australia when he was sixteen to pursue his artistic career abroad and has lived in Berlin since 2010. Linder trained with the Royal Ballet in London and has also danced with the Netherlands Dance Theatre, as well as choreographers Michael Clark, Rafael Bonachela, and Jeremy Wade. His latest creation, Parade, is a reinterpretation of Jean Cocteau’s ballet. It was recently presented at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques of the Seine-Saint-Denis.


L’Académie-Festival des Arcs

For the 4th edition of Aire de jeu, Les Subsistances is partnering with the Académie-Festival des Arcs, under the direction of Éric Crambes, to enable the most promising young musicians to participate in the Aire de jeu adventure.


The CNCSMD of Lyon

As an introduction to the performances, musicians from the CNSMD of Lyon will give a short concert of works by Kalevi Aho.


Around the festival

Sunday 1st February 2015
Listen to Kalevi Aho in the Lyon Auditorium
Tarifs/Reservation : from 8 to 16€ / Billetterie : 04 78 95 95 95
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8€ for ererybody

Dates & horaires

Tue 27 January 2015 / 08:00

Sat 31 January 2015 / 23:00

Edition 2014