J’aurais aimé savoir ce que ça fait d’être libre (I wish I knew how it would feel to be free)
“There are people you never meet and yet they are with you all your life. Nina Simone came into my life as a teenager, at the troubled moment of metamorphosis, the age when family is no longer enough and being yourself is a combat sport. On paper, everything separates us: the time, the country, the skin color, the struggle, the character, the tessitura even, and yet, I drew from this difference much more than the desire to make music: undoubtedly the strength to become and accept who I am.”
Chloé Lacan tells her Nina Simone story and, through her, evokes her own memories of childhood and of a woman in the making. With the multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Cloche, they explore in two voices this so particular link that we weave with the artists who cross our lives. To the fantasized portrait of Nina Simone is mixed the musical story of an adolescence. The duet, with its abundant inventiveness, tells, sings, plays and takes a very personal look at the repertoire and destiny of this exceptional musician.
It's funny, everything separates me from Nina Simone, the country, the period, the skin color, the struggle, the character, the very range, and yet there is this one tiny thing, like a flutter of her wings that always screams at me how important it is not to be silent, ever...
La Familia accompanies Alexis HK, Babx, Birds on a Wire, Bis Repetita, Chloé Lacan, Estelle Meyer, the TMH, Lior Shoov, L'Ultra Bal, Marie Perbost, Pharaon de Winter & Tempo Tempo! (Fixi & Nicolas Giraud). La Familia's trademark is the development of elegant and racy hybrid projects and shows, where song meets stand up, video, theatre, jazz, afrobeat, improvisation, pop and lyrical art.
Chloé Lacan - Author and performer
Singer, actress and musician born in Paris in 1975.
She studied theatre and classical singing before discovering the accordion and starting to sing.
From 2000 to 2009 she was part of the group "La Crevette d'Acier" (Zamora) which toured all over France and abroad (La Cigale, Le Bataclan, Les Francofolies).
In 2010, creation of her "Plaisirs Solitaires" where she is author and composer (Blue Line). More than 200 dates, double prize-winner "Alors Chante" Montauban 2011, career support by SACEM.
In 2014, creation of " Ménage à Trois " (Blue Line) : Coup de coeur Charles Cros 2015, Talent ADAMI Avignon 2016, Bobino 2016, tour of the Grands Centres Québec 2018.
She also multiplies her collaborations with other artists such as in " les Femmes à Bretelles ", " Garçons ", " L'Ultra Bal ", " la Mariée était en Fuite ", " CINQ " or the musical tales of Frédéric Naud.
Nicolas Cloche - Performer
Multi-instrumentalist, all-rounder, singer, composer, trained in the school of scores, listening and improvisation. Classical music, jazz, and then French song have naturally led him to the experience of the stage and the show.
His musical career is eclectic and marked by collective and protean creations: in duo with "Bleu Teckel", in the theatre with the collective "la Palmera" (compositions for 4 shows), in collaborations with Nery Gatineau, Damien Dutrait, Caroline Stella, Jerem (H2Hommes) or even around music for the image. Nicolas Cloche has been collaborating with Chloé Lacan for a long time (Ménage à Trois, La Mariée était en Fuite, La Crevette d'Acier) and it doesn't seem to stop now.
Nelson-Rafaell Madel - Director
Actor and director, trained in Martinique with Cuban director Yoshvani Médina, then with Claude Buchvald in Paris. He founded the Théâtre des Deux Saisons company in 2007 and directed Minoé by Isabelle Richard Taillant (2010); P'tite Souillure by Koffi Kwahulé (2013); Nous étions assis sur le rivage du monde by José Pliya (2014); Erzuli Dahomey, déesse de l'amour by Jean-René Lemoine (2016), with which he won the Prix Théâtre 13 / Jeunes metteurs en scène; Poussière(s), by Caroline Stella (2017); Au plus noir de la nuit, after André Brink (2018). He has been assistant director to Claude Buchvald, Pierre Guillois, Marie Ballet.
As an actor, he has performed under the direction of Yoshvani Médina, Claude Buchvald, Pierre Guillois, Naidra Ayadi, Marie Ballet, Evelyne Torroglosa, Sandrine Brunner, Paul Nguyen, Néry Catineau, Stella Serfaty, Margaux Eskenazi, Frédéric Fisbach, Ricardo Miranda, Pierre Notte, Anne-Laure Liégeois.
Texts, vocals, accordion, ukulele Chloé Lacan
Vocal, piano, drums, ukulele Nicolas Cloche
Musics Nina Simone, Jean-Sébastien Bach, Chloé Lacan, Nicolas Cloche etc…
Arrangements Chloé Lacan et Nicolas Cloche
Director Nelson-Rafaell Madel
Lighting design | scenography Lucie Joliot
Sound design Anne Laurin
Lighting engineer Thomas Miljevic ou Ludovic Wagner
Sound engineer Anne Laurin ou Ambroise Harivel
Production La Familia
Support of Le Train Théâtre – Portes-lès-Valence, Quai des Arts – Pornichet, Centre Culturel André Malraux – Hazebrouck, Le Bellovidère – Beauvoir, Le Théâtre des Sources – Fontenay aux Roses and with the support of ADAMI, SPEDIDAM and CNM
In the press
An intimate interlude, which tends towards the universal, full of vivacity, intensity and humor, accompanied by the multi-instrumentalist musician Nicolas Cloche, who also gives his (beautiful) voice with her.
Chloé Lacan's voice is very well suited to Nina Simone's blues, without trying to imitate her for a second; she manages to instill a deep sincerity. And in this game, the multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Cloche who accompanies her on stage also succeeds marvelously with his voice, his ukulele or his piano.
Chloé Lacan and Nicolas Cloche combine their multiple talents to take us on a musical journey full of inventiveness, a joyful and irreverent epic on the quest for self. [...] A spirited show whose strength seems to infuse, slowly penetrating the doors, leaving the spectator amazed by the virtuosity of these two artists.
© PUK - Samia Hamlaoui
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