Mathieu Bauer


(an orginal show)

“Dear listeners, welcome to this DJ set (sur) écoute {DJ Set Listening (In)} which will try and grab your ears!” Working like DJs, Mathieu Bauer and his team invite you on a journey to the history of music and sounds.

Three musicians and two actors will attempt an unbridled conference-concert fashioned on a DJ set. Using instruments, microphones and turntables, they will mix the sound live and share their pleasure as listeners by freely reinterpreting sound, text and musical excerpts from a wide repertoire that includes electro music. This playlist will be an opportunity to renew a longstanding reflection on music: between each piece, a voice-off will talk about the piece in context and situate it an abridged history of sound and music.

From a firefighters’ siren to a Bartók composition, via a text by Jankélévitch or an enchanting film score by Nino Rota, the lyrics of a hit whispered on a mike to an aria by Wagner, the percussion and electric arrangements by Mathieu Bauer and Sylvain Cartigny awake our capacity to listen. The set is transformed into a playground of sound experiments of all genres so that we can continue to ask ourselves what listening means.


Barthes Music Band
L'art du Bruit

and : Ich bin der Welt, Mahler / Johnny and Mary, Robert Palmer / La dolce vita dei nobili, Nino Rota (B.O. du film de Fellini) / The Plaint, Purcell / Paroles paroles, Dalida et Alain Delon / Imaginary landscape n°5, John Cage


1st of July 2018 / Siestes électroniques, Toulouse
Nov 23 & 24, 2018 / Théâtre de la Joliette, Marseille
Dec 06, 2018 / Transversales - scène conventionnée cirque, Verdun
Dec 12 > 15, 2018 / Théâtre du Nord, Tourcoing
Feb 07, 2019 / Les Treize Arches, Brive
Mar 26 & 27, 2019 / Espace des Arts, Scène nationale Chalon-sur-Saône
Apr 05 & 06, 2019 / Théâtre-Sénart, Scène nationale, Lieusaint
Apr 10, 2019 / Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
May 08 > 12, 2019 / L’Apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy
May 17, 2019 / Les Passerelles, Pontault-Combault
May 21 > 24, 2019 / La Manufacture, Nancy

Comédie de Clermont Ferrand - Théâtre La Passerelle, Gap - Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil -
MA Scène Nationale, Montbéliard - Théâtre National de Strasbourg (L’Autre Saison) -
Tandem - Théâtre d’Arras, Douai - Le Channel, Calais - Théâtre 140, Bruxelles -
Le Quartz, Brest - MC2, Grenoble

La Pop, Paris - Les Subsistances, Lyon - Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil -
Comédie de l’Est, Colmar - Le Rayon Vert, Saint-Valéry-en-Caux - Festival Paris l’été


Mathieu Bauer’s main concern is to create works whose topics resonate with the stakes of our times. Guided by the notion of a theater closely linked to music, cinema and literature, where montage is conceived as a way to put down barriers between artistic forms, Mathieu Bauer works from very diverse texts and materials: newspaper articles, essays, novels, films, operas, and of course theater plays. He composes new structures which combine rhythm, text, singing and image. Here lies the specificity of his work and the basic logic of his theatrical practice.    


with Mathieu Bauer, Sylvain Cartigny, Matthias Girbig, Pauline Sikirdji, Georgia Stahl
voice-over Arnaud Laporte, Blandine Masson

concept and stage direction Mathieu Bauer
artistic collaboration Sylvain Cartigny
dramaturgy Thomas Pondevie
light and general management Xavier Lescat or Stan-Bruno Valette
sound Dominique Bataille
scenography and costumes Chantal de La Coste
with the texts of Peter Szendy, Raymond Murray Schafer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Luigi Russolo, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Roland Barthes
with the music of Gustav Mahler, Nino Rota, Mozart, Kate Bush, Henry Purcell, Captain Beefheart, Mathieu Bauer, Sylvain Cartigny, John Cage, Béla Bartók

executive production Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national
coproduction La Pop
coproduction and residency Les Subsistances, Lyon 2016/17