The haunting melody

Here is a performance that transforms the way you listen. The characters record sounds for a film and explore sound perception with us. The performance features IRCAM Forum technologies such as Antescofo and SuperVP for Max for creating live automatic accompaniment.


Conception and Direction Mathieu Bauer
Music Sylvain Cartigny
Dramaturgy Thomas Pondevie
Set and Costume Design Chantal de la Coste
Sound Dominique Bataille
Video Stéphane Lavoix
IRCAM Computer Music Collaboration Grégory Beller
Lighting Stan Valette
With Mathieu Bauer, Thomas Blanchard, Sylvain Cartigny, Matthias Girbig, Pauline Sikirdji, Kate Strong


By showing us the back offices of cinema The haunting melody invites the audience on a journey to the unknown world of listening and playing with our relationship with sound. Surrounded by instruments, by a record player, and mixing tables like a sort of laboratory, the characters tweak the sound material. Just like in chemistry, mixing elements can be neutral or explosive. The new creation by Mathieu Bauer inspired by the writings of the philosopher and musicologist Peter Szendy (Écoute, une histoire de nos oreilles and Tubes, La philosophie dans le juke-box, éd. de Minuit) and others asks the question: what if hearing revealed our relationship with the world?


A Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil - Centre dramatique national production with the support of the Jeune théâtre national and the Île-de-France region in the name of artistic permanence. With the support of the ONDA. An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction.



First rehearsal of The haunting melody © DR

Around the performance


Territoires d'écoute


Sound Installations


What are the sonorous souvenirs that create our imaginary worlds made of? What do they say? And what is that jingle that is stuck in our heads, what is it from? A delicate exploration of our sonorous territories, led by Benoit Artaud with students and an audience, to discover in an immersive experience in the theater's hall, before or after performances.


Directed by Benoit Artaud
A radio producer (France culture, La Parole errante, etc. ), Benoit Artaud also runs radio workshops and works on the questions of witnessing, of speech.


Stage Design by students from the École supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré / students in the Space Design program
Creation by the students from the Lycée Léonard de Vincihigh school for woodworking trades / diploma for woodworking technicians.

Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil