Les subsistances

Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2014 - 2015

Rinde Eckert & Ned Rothenberg

Five Beasts

From 26 to 29 march

Création  Music / Théâtre



Five Beasts is the brilliant yet improbable encounter of four phenomena and two generations of the New York arts scene: composer and performer Rinde Heckert, a well-known figure of the 1980s avant-garde; musician Ned Rothenberg, an habitué of the international scene; Adam Matta, a beatboxer and singer who has accompanied Bobby McFerrin, among others; and the video creator Mark DeChiazza. Together these four try to imagine how the animal lies within the human. Five Beasts paints five portraits: predator, ruminant, bear, bull, and mouse. Plunged into a world of mysterious sounds and strange gestures, we find ourselves facing an irreducible otherness.


Artistic direction, with : Rinde Eckert, Ned Rothenberg
Written, voice : Rinde Eckert
Musical composition : Ned Rothenberg
Codirection art, video creation, scenography : Mark DeChiazza
Beatbox : Adam Matta
Costumes design : Christina Bullard

Five Beasts reçoit le soutien du programme New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections.




Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer and director whose Opera / New Music productions have toured throughout the United States and to major European and Asian festivals. Eckert makes solo work, chamber plays and through-composed operas with larger casts. And God Created Great Whales, Horizon and Orpheus X have had successful off-Broadway runs. Eckert has long collaborated with other art makers, including choreographer Margaret Jenkins, the composers Steven Mackey and Paul Dresher, directors Robert Woodruff and David Schweizer, and the new music ensembles So Percussion, Zeitgeist and eighth blackbird. In April 2013 Eckert directed Jonathan Berger’s one-act operas Theotokia and The War Reporter. Rinde Eckert was named an Inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012. He has also been honored with the2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award. He was the finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.


Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 30 years in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He performs primarily on the alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. He leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris on guitars and Samir Chatterjee playing tabla. Recent recordings include Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), Inner Diaspora, The Lumina Recordings and Ghost Stories, all on John Zorn’s acclaimed Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, Are You Be and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s own Animul label.


Adam matta is a beatboxer and vocal performance artist originally from New York City. He has appeared with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and was featured on The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Grammy-nominated Leaving Eden, as well as The Hunger Games Soundtrack. Matta headlined the 2009 UK Human Beatbox Convention. Other appearances have been at Joe’s Pub, the New Museum for Contemporary Art and Here Arts Center. Matta and his music have been profiles on PBS, Showtime, CUNY-TV, WNYE and NPR, and his music has appeared on “The L Word, Season II: Sessions (Tommy Boy),” and in the documentary, Planet B-Boy. Matta is Artist in Residence at Cornell University, Here Arts Center, Digital Performance Institute and League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.


Mark DeChiazza is a director, filmmaker, designer and choreographer whose projects explore interactions between music performance and media. Called “wildly imaginative” His previous collaborations as composer/performer at Les Subsistances include « Z » Je me Crois en Enfer Donc J’y Suis with director Lukas Hemleb (2011) and Earthly Minded from and to Ben Johnston with choreographer/dancer Wally Cardona (2013). and “a tour de force” by the Washington Post, his music-theater collaboration with composer Amy Beth Kirsten and the multiple-Grammy winning eighth blackbird began in 2009 with Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. His film for Kirsten’s strange pilgrims premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2014, and their latest project, Quixote, premieres in 2016. Recent work includes choreography and design for composer John Luther Adams’ Sila commissioned by Lincoln Center; designing and staging a fashion house installation during the NYC fashion week SS15. DeChiazza’s film A Colloquy with God and his concert video of So Percussion performing Steven Mackey’s It Is Time were both featured on NPR Music, reaching an audience of 20,000. Mark will direct and design Steve Mackey’s ORPHEUS UNSUNG: an opera for electric guitar and is directing a music video for the band Victoire.



8 € (single price)

Dates & horaires

Thu 26 March 2015 / 21:45

Fri 27 March 2015 / 19:00

Sat 28 March 2015 / 21:30

Sun 29 March 2015 / 14:30


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