Henry Fourès, Elisabeth Gutjahr

From their various exchanges composer Henry Fourès and German playwright Elisabeth Gutjahr draw an acoustic tale. Hörspiel für Sie bitte!

prsite_Damier_contraste50“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” writes Wittgenstein. How two artists with the willingness to correspond with each other can go beyond those limits through exchange, play, imagination. How – in the days of e-mails and compulsive texting – not to reduce correspondence to its epistolary form, seemingly dated and obsolete? Henry Fourès and Elisabeth Gutjahr revitalise it. By including all kinds of information they share in a multiple stream, thinking of the listener as a future witness of this composition: “Roles are multiple. Who is speaking, who is listening, and who is reading? Is the listener hearing the author or the reader?” By including sound moments (murmur, music) and by playing on the different levels of language, their counterpoints, approximations emerge and stimulate imagination because suddenly slip changes into promise.
In order to shape this play of the listening (Hörspiel), radio means are and will always be essential: each sound setting – sometimes tiny “acoustic sculptures” – evokes multiple images and their link to a world transforming from reality to imaginary magic.

Henry Fourès composer and author
Elisabeth Gutjahr dramatist and author


Jérôme Thomas juggler


Frédéric Leidgens

Crista Mittelsteiner


Pierre Charial, barrel organ
Benat Achiary, voice
Françoise Jubler, voice
Patrick Moutal, sitar and surbahar
Claude Crousier, bass clarinet
Jean Pierre Caens, alto saxophone
Carlo Rizzo, framed drum


Laurent Codoul
, sound engineer
Henry Fourès
Produced in the studios of La Muse en Circuit, National centre of musical creation


Produced by La Muse en Circuit, National centre of musical creation. With the support of Impuls neue Musik - Franco-german fund for contemporary music.

15_05_14 to 18_05_14
to 19:30

Biederman museum
Museumweg 1, 78166 Donaueschingen German

15 & 16 May at 19.30 - premiere with juggler
18 May at 12., 14. and 16.