Two grand pianos among various wires, microphones, and recording devices in a black box studio in front of a projection of a tranquil green pond.

RE: Walden

Jean-François Peyret
Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8PM
Studio 1—Goodman

Inspired by the writings of transcendental philosopher Henry David Thoreau and the two years he spent living by Walden Pond, RE: Walden melds theater, music, live performance, and large-scale video projection. Images from Walden Pond overlap with sound and text in an integrated experience that joins an intricate automated orchestra playing with the live piano score, a single performer, and interactive video. Using voice and movement, the performer influences, triggers, and interacts with the complex web of sonic and visual elements at play to create a multi-layered interpretation of Thoreau’s revolutionary musings of Walden Pond. Directed by Jean-François Peyret, this project brings together a stellar group of collaborative artists, many of whom have never been presented in the United States.

Main Image: RE: Walden in Studio 1, 2012. Photo: EMPAC.


Dates + Tickets

RE: Walden
Jean-François Peyret
Saturday 3
8:00 PM
March 2012
As part of
Contemporary Performance


Production Credits

Director: Jean-François Peyret
Composer: Alexandros Markeas
Electro-Acoustic Setup: Thierry Coduys
Video: Pierre Nouvel
Performer: Sophie Leleu
Voice: Jos Houben


LIMSI-CNRS coproduction: tf2 compagnie Jean-François Peyret - Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains - avec le soutien de l'EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) du Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, du Théâtre Paris-Villette, du manège.mons/CECN, de NUMEDIEART, du LIMSI-CNRS et des AJN (Ateliers Jean Nouvel), ESAM (Caen), FIJAD (ERAC). Avec l'aide du DICRéAM et de la DRAC Ile de France.

RE: Walden was supported via a production residency at EMPAC made possible with the support of Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts, a program of FACE.