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Date(s) - 13/03/2014
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Koothambalam, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan


ON LES AURA! AFTrivandrum

ON LES AURA! AFTrivandrum

ON LES AURA! (LINE OF FIRE): Graphic concert; a special event to commemorate the soldiers of First World War, on 13 March, 6.30pm at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan.

 “On les aura !” (Line Of Fire) is the onstage adaptation of a graphic novel based on the diary of a WWI French soldier. This diary, which was found in trash, contains an incredibly rich human and historical testimony: the diary of a soldier during the very first months of the war in 1914. It begins with these words: “August 3rd,1914: Today weʼre off. Mobilization has been declared, and itʼs time to go, leaving behind wife, children and family. My morale is good, it has to be.” The anonymous private who wrote this describes the beginning of the war, when all were still convinced they would be soon victorious, until his return in September after getting wounded. This diary reports the daily life of a man like any other, who suddenly finds himself transported to the line of fire. We are not being told unbelievable adventures, nor heroic actions; but rather the days that go by, sometimes hectic, sometimes endless, the long walks, the wait for the mail, the restless sleep, the din of the bombing, the coping, the boredom. The oral transmission of the story, without artifice or overload, makes it accessible to all.

A live illustration accompanied by the sound of the guitar, by Writer and Illustrator Stéphane Barroux and musician par excellence Julien Joubert.
Julien builds a music full of nuances, between atmospheres and melodies, thus follows the course of the story, evoking, suggesting – without ever telling.
The storytelling put to music is punctuated by Barroux’s drawings. The illustrator paints on stage. The illustrations give rise to a new reading of the story. The images are continuously evolving, the drawings growing and adapting to follow the story. The illustrator weaves a web of strokes, plays with textures and nuances. Barroux’s stroke, plain and simple, brings something very universal to our minds. We think about the Unknown Soldier, about all our wars, all our dead.