eror (The Pianist)

Georgia Spiropoulos

22-23 FEB 2019 
Main Stage
“eror” is inspired by the word “λάθως” (lathos: in error), written on the walls of Athens. In a city without people, the only survivor is a pianist who repeats that same word— “λάθως”—over and over again.
The “eror” is inspired by a word—λάθως (lathos: in error)—written on the walls of Athens. In a city without people, the only survivor is a disguised pianist who repeats that same word—λάθως—over and over again. Although the word «λάθως» appears only on the walls of Athens, the work relates to any city and the “errors” of civilization/culture: badly-conceived and faulty IT systems, red alerts that spread fear, the production and piling up of waste – throw-away products, images, information...

The work expresses the political, geographical and social instability through the digital instability – the introduction of the aleatory and the algorithmic error in the musical material, the sound and the video image. Pianistic gestures, brief references and tributes, and field recordings are transformed through a complex music computing environment. A ‘sound-geography of “error” for a city without people.


Concept, Composition, Dramaturgy, Art Direction: Georgia Spiropoulos
Video Animation: bestbefore – Andreas Karaoulanis
Computer Music Design: IRCAM - Benjamin Lévy
Artwork Drawings: Woozy – Vangelis Hoursoglou
Light Design: Arnaud Jung
Piano – Soloist: Alvise Sinivia 
Director Assistant, Set Design, Costumes: Sylvie Martin-Hyszka
Sound Engineer IRCAM: Sylvain Cadars
Video “Images d’une oeurve”: IRCAM – Sabine Massenet
Production Management: Rena Andreadaki
Production Management IRCAM: Aurelia Ongena 
Commissioned and Produced by: Onassis Stegi
Coproduction: IRCAM-Centre Pompidou

Georgia Spyropoulos has benefited from the support of the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

Word Premiere: Onassis Stegi

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Georgia Spiropoulos (Athens 1965) has composed works for musical and vocal ensembles, electroacoustic and mixed music, music theatre and audio-visual installations.

She studied Composition and Electro-acoustic music in Paris with Philippe Leroux, Form Analysis with Michaël Lévinas, and Composition and Music Technology at IRCAN. She also studied at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS).

In 2017–18, she taught Composition at McGill University in Montreal as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, in which position she was also in charge of the Digital Composition Studio.

She has received commissions from numerous organizations (French Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture of Baden-Württemberg, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, French State Radio, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013, Sacem, Muse En Circuit, the Onassis Stegi, and her works have been performed by a number of ensembles, choirs and soloists (including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, L'Itinéraire, 2E2M, Ars Nova, Sillages, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Nikel, dissonArt, Accentus, and Cris de Paris).

Alvise Sinivia, piano
As a pianist, improviser, composer and performer, he collaborates with a wide range of artists (dancers, choreographers, circus artists, video artists, painters, visual artists). A restless spirit, he is constantly searching and renewing his relationship with the piano. For a number of years now, he has been exploring the peculiarities of the instrument, the limits of its sound and its physiology. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris under Alain Planès and Emmanuel Strosser. Dedicated to contemporary musical creation, he frequently collaborates with composers and works with the Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisations Musicales. A founder and artistic director of the WARNING collective, he also initiates projects with musicians of his own generation (Olivier Stankiewicz, Giani Caserotto, Vincent Le Quang ...). As a resident fellow in performance at the Villa Medicis for 2016–2017, he explored the relationship between movement and sound in greater depth.

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