2th edition / The meeting program

From 27 April to 2 May 2024 as part of the Les Chants d’Ulysse Academy, co-founded by Patricia Petibon and Héloïse Gaillard, in partnership with the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and the Saumur Val de Loire Agglomeration

All conferences take place 18p.m. to 8 p.m. and are open to the public with free entry. They will be hosted by the journalist, animator, project manager at the Philharmonie de Paris Chloë Cambreling.

At the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud : 27/04, 28/04 and 1/05

At Le Dôme Theater : 30/04 and 2/05

and Mastery of Pays de la Loire 27 avril 2024 at the Abbey Auditorium Royale de Fontevraud

The playwright, actor, author and director of the Châtelet theater Olivier Py  

In the footsteps of Ulysses and Penelope

Olivier Py directed the Avignon Festival of 2013 at 2022. He has directed the Châtelet theater since 2023. Theater and opera director, playwright, director but also actor and author, Olivier Py anchors his work at the heart of the concerns of his contemporaries in order to be able to open a dialogue with them., poetics and politics.

Sunday 28 avril 2024 at the Abbey Auditorium

Physicist Etienne Klein with professor specializing in communication Romain Philippe Pomedio.

Communication extra verbale

Etienne Klein is a physicist and philosopher of science. He directs the material science research laboratory (Larsim) and is also dedicated to the popularization of science (radio broadcasts and many books). He teaches at the Ecole Centrale de Paris. His latest work, Courts-circuits, appears in april 2023 (Gallimard, NRF).

Romain Philippe Pomedio is a French teacher-researcher, doctor in information and communication sciences and lecturer at the University of Paris-VIII, President of Cinaps TV (TNT television in Île-de-France). He teaches the semiology of the image, He specializes in the impact of mental images and the plasticity of cognition . With Bernard Baschet , He opens a research workshop : Musical production and formulation of mental images in autistic children. He founded with Howard Buten "KOSCHISE", a center for studies on the communication of autistic children. Research focuses on shaping imitation techniques (mirror neurons) to develop empathy.

Mardi 30 avril 2024 at the Théâtre le Dôme

Dominique Paulin, plastic artist, with Patrick Michel, astrophysicist

From the origin of life to the roots of trees: an unmissable sky

Dominique Paulin works as a painter in parallel with his career as a doctor. In 2008, she reveals to the public the works she has always painted.

High in materials and admirable colorist, she plays the alchemist mixing oil, pastel and ink with unexpected materials ( Walnut, lands, ashes, beauty products). The worked material gives substance to a world in creation, where gesture and light structure the canvas. She manages to capture the tiny, tame it and finally reveal it.

The question that Dominique Paulin asks us is that of the future of man and his space.: our planet. Natural disasters, uncertainties, anxiety of the unknown, nourish his work which approaches art as a means of anticipation, exploring possible outcomes.

Patrick Michel is an Astrophysicist, Director of Research at CNES at the Côte d’Azur Observatory. He leads or contributes significantly to research projects and space missions devoted to asteroids and planetary defense.. He is notably the scientific manager of the ESA Hera mission which, with NASA's DART mission, carried out the first asteroid deflection test., as part of protection from the risk of impact from celestial bodies. He received the NASA Silver Medal, the Carl Sagan Medal of the American Division of Planetary Sciences for his excellence in his communication with the general public, the Gold Medals of the City of Nice and Saint-Tropez, and the Young Researcher Prize 2006 of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The asteroid 7156 Patrickmichel was attributed to him by the International Astronomical Union. His latest work published by Editions Odile Jacob is entitled “Meeting the asteroids: space missions and defense of the planet” with a preface by astronaut Jean-François Clervoy.

Wednesday May 1 2024 Artistic excitement at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (for all!)

14h performance with the visual artist Dominique Paulin and participants in the international Academy Les Chants d’Ulysse (nave of the Church or Chapel)

17h Workshop with the opera singer Robert Expert : The voice, how it works

21h30 Patrick Michel, astrophysicist a scientific and artistic stroll under the stars

Thusday 2 May 2024 at the Théâtre le Dôme

Elisabeth Fresnel, phoniâre, with the actors Corinne and Gilles Benizio, alias Shirley et Dino

The Voice in all its forms, Find your voice without mistreating it

Doctor Elisabeth Fresnel is a phoniatrist, attached to the O.R.L Service. of Foundation A. from Rothschild to Paris. She created a “voice lab”” in 1985, structure then almost unique in France. From 1992, she leads it and works as a team, with speech therapists, psychologists and a singing teacher. This multidisciplinary work led her to take charge of the “”voice professionals”” what are the teachers, the artists, the lawyers, the journalists, politics.

Corinne and Gilles Benizio meet in 1982 at the Theater University – Paris III. Of the 1987, with the company Achille Tonic, they imagine shows on the theme of the Music Hall. In 1988, we discover for the first time as part of the Off festival in Avignon the characters of Shirley and Dino. Corinne and Gilles Benizio now devote themselves to directing operas. Their first production was entrusted by Hervé Niquet for the Concert Spirituel, with King Arthur for the Radio France Festival at the Montpellier Opera in 2008. Still with the Spiritual Concert , the duo stages La Belle Hélène by Offenbach, Sleeping Beauty by Hérold and Don Quixote at the Duchess of Boismortier, and more recently Platée de Rameau in 2022. A March 2023, they present in Grenoble their production of the opera Turandot, de Franco Alfano and Giacomo Puccini.

Return to the conferences of 2023

Conferences led by Chloé Cambreling (Etienne Klein unfortunately could not be with us and apologizes for this)

Sunday 16 avril 2023

The director, actor and director of the Lyon Opera, Richard Brunel and the composer, organist and professor at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, Thierry Escaich.

Composer, organist and improviser, Thierry Escaich is a unique figure on the contemporary music scene and one of the major representatives of the new generation of French composers.. The three aspects of his art are inseparable, which allows him to mix in his concerts creation, improvisation and interpretation in the most diverse combinations. He has been teaching since 1992 improvisation and writing at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris (CNSMDP), where he himself won eight first prizes. In 2013, he was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institut de France.

Richard Brunel is a director, Director of the National Opera of Lyon since 2021.

Monday 17 avril 2023

Elisabeth Fresnel, phoniatre, with professional freediver Arthur Guerin-Bouëri

The return of Ulysses and the song of the sirens 
air and water, 2 elements common to the freediver and the phoniatrist 

Ulysses, the King of Ithaca, mermaids' song, “the return of Ulysses”, one of Monteverdi's operas, … You have to know how to breathe to produce your spoken and sung voice, have a good posture, be calm and relaxed, know how to face your fears, whether you are an amateur or a professional. Singing undeniably produces a form of well-being when you learn to master it.

Doctor Elisabeth Fresnel is a phoniatrist, attached to the O.R.L Service. of Foundation A. from Rothschild to Paris. She created a “voice lab”” in 1985, structure then almost unique in France. From 1992, she leads it and works as a team, with speech therapists, psychologists and a singing teacher. This multidisciplinary work led her to take charge of the “”voice professionals”” what are the teachers, the artists, the lawyers, the journalists, politics.

Arthur Guérin-Boëri began his freediving career in 2011 at the age of 26 years. From, he accumulated 5 world champion titles and 8 world records. He is the most successful Frenchman in the history of freediving. From 2017, he is a speaker on topics such as surpassing oneself, risk taking, courage…and at the same time offers relaxation practice workshops through breathing.

Mardi 18 avril 2023

Cecile Roussat, founder of the company Les Ames nocturnes with Julien Lubek, actress, clown and director with Raphaël Gaillard, normalien, psychiatrist, head of service of the university hospital center of psychiatry at Saint Anne Hospital and the University of Paris.

Cécile Roussat proposes an exchange with Raphaël Gaillard around her experience of the creative process as an actress, clown and director of lyrical works.

The time of creation often opens the door to a deep inner journey: heightened sensitivity , doubt, sometimes violent feeling of being exposed, cruel deconstruction of certainties, a journey that will inevitably feed the final work on stage.

This fragility that, to remain a source of inspiration for the artist and the director, must be tamed and not suffered, can become a strength. This is what the little-known and demanding work of the clown offers.

Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek meet in 2000, during their training with Marcel Marceau. Graduates of the International School of Mimodrama of Paris, they then studied text theater at the Cours Florent and at the Ecole Charles Dullin, the art of clowning at the Center National des Arts du Cirque, as well as acrobatics, the puppet and the illusion. Their unclassifiable creations are a great public and critical success : their magical and burlesque duo, titled Nocturnal Souls, mingle the clown, new magic and visual theater. The show Au Bonheur des Vivants was given more than 400 times around the world between 2009 and 2023. They develop a personal theatrical universe, through visual shows, poetic and multidisciplinary and are regularly invited by opera houses.

Normalian, psychiatrist and legal expert, Raphaël Gaillard directs the hospital-university center of psychiatry at Sainte Anne Hospital and the University of Paris. His work on consciousness and unconscious processes has been published in the most prestigious neuroscience and psychiatry journals.. Raphaël Gaillard is the author ofA blow to the head (madness and creativity) (Grasset) which appeared in the 1ere selection of the Renaudot Prize 2022 and received the Jacques de Fouchier prize from the French Academy.

Wednesday 19 avril 2023

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Jean-Philippe Uzan with the composer, professor at the National Conservatory of Paris, Fabien Waxman.

1 composer and 1 astrophysicist to blackmail black holes.

Speakers : Fabien Waksman, composer, professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and Jean-Philippe Uzan astrophysicist and research director, CNRS

Fabien Waksman and Jean-Philippe Uzan have been exploring for several years the porosities between music and cosmos. In this meeting, they invite participants to their creative laboratory in which they extend a long tradition between music and astrophysics. What links to weave between arts and science? How to create a common language? What work, what pitfalls, what difficulties, what a surprise?  To answer these questions, they will take the concrete example of the composition of the Hawking Songs, 9 cosmic melodies for soprano and prepared piano.

Fabien Waksman is one of the most important French composers of his generation.. He has been rewarded several times for his work and his career.. Winner of the Victoires de la Musique in 2023, he received the André Caplet prize for musical composition from the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2011 then he won the Sacem grand prize for symphonic music the following year in the young composer category. He is also appointed professor of harmony at the CNSMDP at only 25 years in 2006. Passionate about cosmology, Fabien Waksman collaborates with the astrophysicist Jean-Philippe Uzan with whom he created in 2016 The Kiss of Death, quintet for strings and piano inspired by the discovery of gravitational waves.

Jean-Philippe Uzan is a French cosmologist, research director at the National Center for Scientific Research. He specializes in gravitation and relativistic cosmology and has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has received several awards including the prestigious Prix Georges Lemaître in 2015. Jean-Philippe Uzan has been involved since his thesis in the dissemination of knowledge. He has given more than a hundred public lectures, developed educational projects in the school setting and wrote two books for children. He has contributed to several collective works and written several popular books as well as a documentary on general relativity..