The Festival d'Avignon, one of the world’s most important international events for contemporary performing arts, has chosen HOLOPHONIX and Amadeus to re-equip the prestigious main presentation area at the Festival, the Courtyard of Honor at the Palace of the Popes.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a legendary venue for the Festival d'Avignon since 1947, the Courtyard of Honor had a major stage upgrade including technical infrastructure, a new 2000-seat bleacher area, a new stage, and new audio, video, and lighting equipment installed in 2021 – only the sixth renovation project since the Festival was founded decades ago.
Under the growing influence of cinema, the work of actors on theater stages has evolved considerably over the past 50 or 60 years. But if the actors are now almost always equipped with microphones, are we – as spectators – obliged to suffer the sound of voices whose depth, and spatial nuances seem to have disappeared in favor of a certain form of monophony?
says Félix Lefebvre, scenographer of the sixth stage installation at the Courtyard of Honor, co-founder of Kanju and technical director of major cultural institutions including the Grande Halle de la Villette, the Théâtre des Amandiers (Nanterre), and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), among others.
Amadeus and HOLOPHONIX – by developing new spatialization tools – let ourselves return to the live theater—performing arts—and brings us closer to the intimacy of the actors.
adds Félix Lefebvre.
For two years, experts and speci...