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Nocturne n°2 – Tumbleweed –  at Cabarets de curiosité, Le Phénix, Scène Nationale, Valenciennes, France – Premiered on March 7th 2014, then tour

Tumbleweed is the second part of the Nocturnes diptych.

Tumbleweed is a 50 minute-long performance interweaving mist, light and sound to create a sensory experience.

The audience faces a dark empty space. Mist emerges and progressively spreads while being illuminated by slowly changing lights. A sonic environment completely surrounds the audience.

The contemplation of an abstract shape allows one to be immersed in a different temporal scale: Time slows down to the point of standing still – Then a violent interruption causes the usual perception of time to be lost.

One ancestral forgotten dream was cast on the matter, has become matter.
The unspeakable expresses itself in the matter.
It’s an energy we cannot explain.
It’s a trip through the night and the silence… both sculpting the mist, the light, the color, the sound. What we see is maybe as a negative of a photography.


Aurélie Baltazar : direction, scenography and dramaturgy
Pia Baltazar : intermedia composition and interpretation
Diane Dekerle : construction of the scenographic devices
Francis Bras (Interface-Z) : électro-mechanical conception
Nicolas Hincker (l’Arboretum) : software development: i-score
Théo de la Hogue (GMEA) : software development: Jamoma and Score framework



Production l’Arboretum SCOP
Coproduction: Le Phénix scène nationale de Valenciennes  / LaBRI-SCRIME, (i-score research project) / GMEA, National Center of Musical Creation of Albi (OSSIA research project)
Co-funding: Pictanovo, in the frame of the Expériences Interactives Fund, (with support from Conseil Régional Nord-Pas de Calais, Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine, CCI Grand-Hainaut, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée)
With support from CNC-DICRéAM, and French Ministry of Culture (Aide Individuelle à la Création, Visual Arts – DRAC Nord-PdC for the preliminary visual research.
In partnership with the EDESAC team (CEAC laboratory, Université Lille 3), the SCV research cluster (iCAVS/IrDIVE, Tourcoing), and the Plaine Images / l’Imaginarium.