Conception, creation, performance : Claudine Simon ; Choregraphy, performance : Pau Simon ; Scenography : Rudy Decelière ; Sound engineer : Laurent Sassi ; Lights : Julie-Lola Lanteri ; Piano luthery : Thomas Garcin ; Stage and general management : Théo Vacheron

Creation – Festival Musica Strasbourg, September 2023

Auris ⌊ sound and stage productions ⌉

Prize-winning project of “Mondes Nouveaux” DGCA – Ministry of Culture; of the Beaumarchais-SACD foundation

Co-production : Espace Malraux Scène Nationale Chambéry ; ici l’onde Dijon – Support and residency: GMEM-CNCM Marseille, Why Note ici l’onde, Espace Malraux Scène Nationale Chambéry, Scène Nationale d’Orléans, Opéra underground, Pianos Baruth.


Anatomia is a sound and visual performance that brings together two performers on stage, a pianist and a visual artist. This project aims to be a new look at the piano. It questions its lutherie by establishing a link between its history and its possible future.

The performance begins like a recital with the interpretation of a romantic piece. Then, in a slow drift, the work will undergo alterations. The microphonic sensors placed inside the instrument will reveal asperities, amplify, focus and magnify the details of the sound. A breach opens up towards the world of “sound” in a concrete exploration of the instrument. The original work is unravelled, perception is sharpened, listening changes in nature to get closer to the sound source.

The instrument also disintegrates, its body is opened, dissected, rearranged and then exposed in space. The noisy sounds of destruction: shock, grinding, rubbing… are enhanced, musicalised and read as an attempt at language. It will then be a question of embracing this new body, its eviscerated belly, of dissolving into the instrument playing alone.

Photos © Rudy Decelière