Song of the Cities

Creator: 
Éric Duyckaerts
Joseph Mouton
Performer: 
Éric Duyckaerts
Joseph Mouton
Occurence: 
Description: 
The performance was part of the Printemps des Poètes (Spring for the Poets) organized by the city of Nice; the national theme that year was Song of the Cities. Equipment: a Steinway grand piano, an epidiascope, blank transparencies ready for use with colored markers, microphones. Eric and Joseph’s first investigation concerned the institutional terms of the event to which their performance was contributing, in other words Spring for the Poets and Song of the Cities: were these metaphors? Or couldn't they be called hyperboles, or even metonymies or synecdoches ? A presentation (with songs) on rhetorical figures and the uncertainties in their classifications: for example how are we to understand that cities sing? Eric and Joseph started chanting a litany of names of French cities, which at least would enable us to hear the song of the names of cities. Then came two poems composed by Eric and Joseph with the ten words in honor of the French language world, an improvisation/slam on really poetic themes, etc.