“Constellation,” a graphic novel by Ophélie Brisset around musical transmission

“Constellation,” a graphic novel by Ophélie Brisset around musical transmission
“Constellation,” a graphic novel by Ophélie Brisset around musical transmission

It was just ten years ago. 2014: Avignon novelist Adrien Bosc wins the Grand Prix of the French Academy with a fiction entitled “Constellation”. A decade later, the city of the popes is once again crossed by a work with a similar title. But this “Constellation” is in no way the same story. Here is a long-term graphic novel woven around CM1 and CM2 students from three Avignon schools: Fabre A, Saint-Jean and l’Amandier. The author, Ophélie Brisset, actually followed these juniors for a year at the Maîtrise populaire of the Opéra Grand Avignon. Which Master’s degree immerses seven primary school classes from priority neighborhoods in the world of lyrical art. “I followed them punctually, with my camera and my recorder, during workshops, meetings, rehearsals. But what is important in this process is not the outcome, it is -say the graphic novel or the comic strip. What counts is the path” notes, philosopher, Ophélie Brisset. This collective-loving Vauclusian cut her teeth in two of the department’s main cultural structures: she worked for more than three years within Hivernales, the National Choreographic Development Center (Avignon), and spent eight years at the heart of the Stage. National Garance (Cavaillon). Each time, she developed projects there, in conjunction with the public. And always in a sense of the other which borders on self-sacrifice. “What guides me is what brings people together, transmission, but also the idea of ​​finding poetry in our world” confides to “La Provence” the one who defines herself as “an author not very classic. In fact, formally speaking, “Constellation” is intended to be an identified artistic object, certainly, but resolutely off the beaten track. “I made it with kraft paper, digital drawing, photos, collage. This leads to a composition.”

The story box

At the genesis of the said project, there was therefore a commission from the Grand Avignon opera house. On arrival, we can speak of a pointillist book, in the fragmentary emotions as much as in the aesthetic rendering. “There is no narrative story but scenes from life. I wanted to tell graphically what happens when we transmit music, in this very strong openness to opera in all its aspects. And what that represents feeling the long time Besides the pleasure of singing, I also liked the idea of ​​showing the fact that through hard work, it makes these children feel very proud.” Proving example: a few days ago, these juniors performed in the main courtyard of the Popes’ Palace, in front of 2000 spectators please. Like, before them, Jeanne Moreau or Brad Meldhau.

In this book distributed to each of the children of the Maîtrise populaire de l’opéra Grand Avignon, the sequences achieve the feat of advancing both in a realistic mode and in a dreamlike configuration. A young girl exclaims, in a sober and lived-in setting: “in fact I discovered that opera is a big box of stories”. Two children converse together. The boy declares, admiring the colorful notes falling from the sky: “It makes my emotions sparkle, it dazzles like a rain of glitter.” Deceptively simple. And so right. To achieve such a result, Ophélie Brisset tactfully broke conventions. “I slipped around like a little mouse, I did interviews, but I also recorded soundscapes, to capture the laughter, the stress, the embarrassment.”

The object of memories

In the medium term, the artist intends to put into orbit personal projects that have to do with transmission. Surprising, no? Undoubtedly atavism, she who comes from a family that has never stopped keeping traces of “Living together”, via notebooks, objects or photographs. “I have a hybrid project, between photo exhibition, installation, cabinet of curiosities, book why not?” It will then be a question of speaking, through gleaned objects, about “the humility of the ancestors, the depth of silences.” To this end, she wishes to amplify creative workshops with elderly people, “to move from intimate objects to social issues.” At the start of the next school year, we should also find Ophélie Brisset in Avignon, where she will host “photo novel and collage” workshops at Turboformat (avenue de Saint-Ruf) (children, teenagers, adults). A new constellation.

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