Media Release: Take a stroll under the devastating Algerian sun in the company of Albert Camus


ON Thursday 20 and Friday 21 March 2014, the Institut français d’Ecosse invites HELICE Production for a literary DJ night like no other to celebrate the Fete de la Francophonie.

Albert Camus lit L’Etranger / REMIX is an interdisciplinary visual and oral experience based on L’Etranger (The Stranger), Albert Camus’ first and most beloved novel – read by the author himself and mixed live with contemporary electronic music by Belgian DJ Pierre de Mûelenaere.

Original images mixed live by the two VJs of Orchid Bite are simultaneously superimposed over the recitation.

In this whirlwind orchestrated by Camus’ voice, the spectator can really feel the sense of solitude and absurdity felt by Meursault, L’Etranger’s protagonist.

Pierre de Mûelenaere explains: “By combining text, music, and visual sequences that wind and loop together, the spectator is drawn into a personal experience of Camus’ masterpiece.

“The combination of audio and visual impulses practically forces you to just let go, to accept that you don’t understand everything.

“Maybe you close your eyes, plug your ears, maybe you start daydreaming in order to get into the very essence of ‘Camusien’ vertigo – which isn’t just a philosophical vertigo, but also most importantly a sensual vertigo.’’

Pierre de Mûelenaere studied literature and is heavily involved in Brussels’ electronic scene, so after a chance discovery of an old vinyl recording from 1954 of Camus reading L’Etranger, he knew he had the chance to create something special by knitting together his passions for literature and for music into a single performance.

Originally created in 2008 with appearances in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Turkey, Canada, and Morocco, HELICE productions has launched a new tour in celebration of the 100th year of the birth of Camus in 2013.

Since 2008, HELICE Productions has been dedicated to producing multidisciplinary performances and shows.

They are particularly intent on creating a space for literature to overlap with and inspire other disciplines, and especially those within electronic culture.

Literature, electronic music and electroacousitcs, digital art, VJing, mapping, sculpture, photography and other merge into hybrid forms of true creation rather than simple adaptations.

This performance of Albert Camus lit l’Etranger /REMIX is supported by Wallonia Brussels International and programmed as part of the Semaine de la langue française et de la francophonie from 15 to 23 March 2014, a week of events celebrating French language all around the world.

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Listings info

Conception: Pierre de Mûelenaere / DJ: Pierre de Mûelenaere /Videos (VJs): Orchid Bite Visual
Production: Helice Production
Thursday 20 & Friday 21 March, 8.30pm (70 mins)
Institut français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph crescent, EH3 7TT
Tickets: £8 (£5)

Box office: 0131 225 5366


Note to Editors

Every year around 20 March, the International Week of French Language and Francophonie is an unique opportunity to celebrate the richness and diversity of the French language, and to discover all that it has to offer.

It is coordinated by the International Organisation for La Francophonie, whose mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 75 member states and governments, which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.

Wallonia-Brussels International is the public body representing Francophone Belgium abroad. It is in charge, among other duties, with Francophone Belgian international cultural policies. Through its delegations and permanent centres worldwide Wallonia-Brussels International promotes Francophone artists in collaboration with local agencies from the public and the private sector.

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Contact: Vanessa Bismuth
Phone: 01312255366