Vestiges de Roncevaux
[Montreuil • France]
The song of Roland is a famous example of the slippery slope at play in the History of legend, when events are taken over by a recounting whose scope goes beyond their purely factual dimension. And so, although the historic reality of the battle of Ronceveaux has been established by the crossing of documentary sources, the literary œuvre that emerged continues to serve as a “monument” in memory and language. Violaine Lochu submits it to a series of linguistic alterations, which literally “ruin” the text in an accelerated archeological time. Erosion, fragmentation, sedimentation: these phenomena applied to language are conjugated in whisperings, silences, noises, interrupted songs. The poem is presented in another form, another relief — new asperities, that allow us to glimpse its past splendor. In a quasi romantic vision, the vestige is perceived here as a re-creation of language.
Artist in residence at le 116 beginning in September 2014, Violaine Lochu proposes to reactive the antique practice of ars memoriae, and to compose, via contribution, a pluralized memory of Montreuil, a “Palace of Memory” in the form of cartography (or mapping), publishing and performed intervention.
Mémoire Palace, la restitution — Le mot qui vient — Anadiplose #1 — Dialogue #1 — Réitération — Hymne à l’amour — Ballade — Anadiplose #2 — Vestiges de Roncevaux La très bouleversante confession de l’homme qui a abattu le plus grand fils de pute que la Terre ait porté — In-su-recc-tion : 4 syllabes. É-meute : 2 syllabes. — Documenter la performance / Performer le document — Vestiges de Roncevaux — Till R. raconte ses voyages et ceux des autres — Maison des Fougères camps de base cacahuètes — Scène primitive — La table des opérations — Spinoza in China, commencement — Poétiques du témoignage — Exposé des faits / VanessaPlace Inc. / Last Words — It’s All True [extrait] — Le petit parlement (conférence pour adulte à partir de dix ans) — Cela ne va pas être possible : c’est administratif — Stade Banal (une soirée diapo) — Homère Homer
Recorded at "Le 116" on Friday, October 3, 2014, as part of the Relectures 15 Festival
A transcript translated into Arabic will soon be available on the website