a show by Dominique “Solrey” Lemonnier
performed on March 2011 at the Cité de la Musique in Paris
Music by M. Davis, A. Desplat, P. Glass, J. Greenwood, B. Hermann, E. Morricone, A. North...
Video images by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ange Leccia
In Eldorado, Solrey proposes a musical stroll on images of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ange Leccia shot in the American West, where full and empty, success and abandonment, the desert and the metropolitan landscapes are in the same tempo, the time signature of the American dream.
The American dream did not only feed the quest of millions of migrants who built the history of this country, it also supplied the fantastic and whimsical dream factory that is cinema. Drawing inspiration from the performances of cowboys, gangsters or gold diggers, personal and tragic stories, where the beautiful loser crosses the path of a deadly psychopath, the seventh art “made in Hollywood” helped to paint the portrait of an America in turmoil, as well as a haven vice and virtue that is also fixed in the film.
For Traffic Quintet, soundtracks are a unique testimony just like movies... In Eldorado, a show inspired by a moving picture by Jacques Monory, the quintet transcends the poetic vision of composite parts, each in their own way, in the wake of the American Dream.
Through compositions of Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver, Psycho), Johnny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood), Ennio Morricone (Once Upon A Time In America), Johnny Goldsmith (Chinatown), Alex North (The Misfits), Philip Glass (The Secret Agent) and, of course, Alexandre Desplat (the Curious Case of Benjamin Button), the American paradox reappears. It is the paradox of success, fame but also decay fall and redemption. Beyond conventional formats, this selection also draws inspiration from the blues (Paris Texas by Ry Cooder), or the jazz of Duke Ellington (Caravan) and Miles Davis (All Blues), thus expanding the references to black and popular culture, inseparable from this "sweet American fiction”, bringing the greatest peculiarity to this work by contrasting with the more classical or chamber music compositional styles of most pieces performed.
A Galilea Music production
Ange Leccia has worked as both a painter and filmmaker since the 1980s. He began his cinematographic and videographic research at the Académie de France in Rome (Villa Medici). Light, time and space are the raw materials of his works, where cinematographic references abound.
His videos do not contain images, but rather “stations”: a pause, a place to keep watch and ward, a moment of observation, a location and time for reception and dissemination.
For several years now he has been focusing on his filmmaking activities, in particular with the short films Ile de beauté (1996) and Gold (2000), both co-directed with Dominique Gonzalez-Fœrster, followed by Azé (1999) in which he places a key emphasis on light and sound. He taught at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Grenoble and Cergy-Pontoise and he currently runs Le Pavillon, a research unit for young artists at the Palais de Tokyo, a centre for contemporary creativity. 2009 saw the release of his films Nuit Bleue with Cécile Cassel and François Vincentelli, and Antoine Bourdelle, which was presented at the Musée Antoine Bourdelle as part of the exhibition Ange Leccia et le Pavillon.