La Chambre aux échos
A Paris based company, La Chambre aux échos is intended as a platform of collaboration between arts, aiming to present alternative forms of shows, performances, concerts, readings, exhibitions and conferences. It attempts to give an audience as wide as possible access to works from past and present (20th and 21st centuries), believed by its artists to be essential, and often compared and connected through combinations and double-bills. The company’s ambition is to create a space for crafts and arts to meet, communicate and work in a true interaction, by gathering the best conditions for an organic and ambitious (music) theatre –not without always adding a pedagogical aspect by combining the performance with workshops, lectures and other artistic forms. Preoccupied for a long time by these matters, writer-director Aleksi Barrière and conductor-pianistcomposer Clément Mao–Takacs decided to found together this protean collective in order to give life to the committed vision they share.
La Chambre aux échos is the only music theatre company in France led by both a director and a conductor. From the inception of a project to its premiere, each step and artistic move is the result of discussion: in the pair, each brings his own experience of his field, to come up with a shared artistic expression that is both coherent and innovative. This collaborative scheme is based on a somewhat underestimated tradition of music theatre that puts forward, first and foremost, the act of serving together –ultimately also with a larger pool of craftspeople and specialists– the committed vision of a total art