Les subsistances

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

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2012 - 2013

Aire de jeu

From January 29 to February 2


Aire de Jeu is an opportunity to waltz right in to contemporary music. For this 2nd edition, Les Subsistances, the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, and the CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape have invited Julia Wolfe, a major name in contemporary music, and four choreographers who will be accompanied on stage by musicians.

At Les Subsistances


Demo – Creation


A response to ‘Dig Deep’ – Creation


Madmud – Concert / Performance


Chantier with Faustin Linyekula
Workshop’Brunch with Arkadi Zaides
Workshop’Brunch with Maud Le Pladec
Workshop’Pro with Faustin Linyekula

At Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse

Stronghold – Creation

At CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape

The Recoil of Words – Creation

1 composer


Julia Wolfe (born in 1958) is an American composer. Originally from Philadelphia, she has degrees from the universities of Michigan, Princeton, and Yale and lives and works in New York. Her music is characterized by the strength of its rhythms, between dissonance and reverberations. Close to Downtown Music and its highly experimental nature, Wolfe is also influenced by rock and minimalist schools, but her music has much more complex rhythms that bring it closer to post-minimalism.

In 1987, Wolfe founded the collective Bang on a Can with the composers David Lang and Michael Gordon (her husband). In 2010, she was a Pulitzer-prize finalist for her piece Steel Hammer, commissioned by New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2003, she joined the composition faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She currently directs musical composition at New York University’s Steinhardt school.

Her work is not often played in France, but her piece My Beautiful Scream, written immediately after September 11, 2001, was the basis for a creation in 2004 by the Kronos Quartet and the Orchestre National de France.

Open to every opportunity that might make contemporary music more popular, she has composed for theater and cinema and has participated in several multimedia projects.

4 choreographers

From January 30 to February 2, 2013 – Les Subsistances
A fan of contemporary music, after having created a piece by David Lang at the Subsistances last year, Le Pladec wants to continue the adventure with Julia Wolfe. She has also created pieces based on the live music of the composer Fausto Romitelli, including the well-received Professor.

From January 30 to February 2, 2013 – Les Subsistances
A former dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company, Arkadi Zaides, born in the Soviet Union, places the body and its physicality at center stage. His work has been presented at numerous international festivals.

From January 30 to February 2, 2013 – Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse
Faustin Linyekula lives between Kisangani and Paris. His artistic career has taken him from the Avignon Festival to the Comédie-Française, from the most contemporary theaters in Brussels to the hottest performances in his Studio Kabako – a hotbed of artistic dreams in a small city in northeastern Congo – moving tirelessly from theater to dance. His work resembles him: energetic, high strung, and often political. This artist is building a bridge between Africa’s artistic effervescence and Europe, which has trouble seeing it.

From January 29 to 31, 2013 – CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape + Les Subsistances
Choreographer and cofounder of the Bomba Suicida collective, she works most frequently on the relationships between dance, the visual arts, and music. She created earlier pieces in France and numerous European countries.

10 Musicians

Ensemble TaCTuS is a young percussion ensemble and fervent defender of contemporary music. The Ensemble’s repertoire includes numerous pieces from the 21st-century European repertoire as well as other, more avant-garde pieces, resulting in a collaboration with young French composers. Winners of several international competitions, the members of TaCTuS work work regularly with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Opéra de Lyon, and the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. Ensemble TaCTus collaborated with Yuval Pick at the first edition of Aire de jeu. Web site

Le Quatuor Leonis : was created in 2004 by former students of the CNSMD of Lyon and Paris and has developed a peculiar relationship with other forms of theater art. In residence at Théâtre de l’Aquarium, the Quatuor Leonis has accompanied the work of Olivier Py at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe for several years. Winner of several classical music competitions including the Geneva Competition (2006), it nonetheless enjoys expanding its field of creation to include contemporary music and jazz, with the constant concern of rethinking music’s position on stage and in its relationship to the public. The Quatuor Leonis has played in France at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Salle Pleyel, the Berlioz Festival of the Côte Saint-André, etc., as well as abroad, in the United States, Japan, Germany, Serbia, etc.. Web site

Violaine Launay : A teacher since September 2008 and an orchestra musician, Violaine Launay collaborates with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Opéra de Lyon, and the Opéra de St Etienne, under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, Valéry Gergiev, Jun Märkl, Myung-Whun Chung, Kazushi Ono, etc. Web site

Jean Blanchard was introduced at an early age to the traditional dances of the Berry region, the oral tradition, and ethnographical research, in groups at the folklore museum (Arts et Traditions Populaires). He learned to play the accordion, traditional violin, and bagpipes. He has shared many artistic adventures with dance and theater. He also teaches. Web site

2012 edition

Back to the first edition of the festival

This first edition, the composer David Lang was surrounded choreographers Maud Le Pladec, Yuval Pick, Andros Zins-Browne, musicians of TaCTuS and CNSMD of Lyon.
A meeting in this intense and risky, passionate and happy. One way you want to live strong in his time.



15 € / 12 € (reduced+) / 7.50€ (reduced ++)

Dates & horaires

Tue 29 January 2013 / 20:00

Sat 2 February 2013 / 20:00

The places

Les Subsistances
Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse
CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape