Concrete Timbre

Un Lie de Vie

Web version of Un Lieu de Vie program

Un Lieu de Vie is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net

Un Lieu de Vie is an experiential piece that is loosely based on the 1917 Jean Cocteau - Erik Satie - Pablo Picasso collaboration of Parade. It represents the collective memory of Erik, an eccentric, memory-starved, and lonely New York artist who seeks glimpses of the past while wandering the streets of Manhattan. Through Erik’s rumination, we are transported to specific locales at various stages of his life. We experience Erik’s memories through the clamor of sounds, sights, and rhythms that embolden him to fulfill his destiny.

Is he a musician? He denies that. Does he compose? He says he notates. Is there a love interest? Well there was that one!

Does he respond to his surroundings? That’s complicated! Rumor has it that, in order to not be influenced by the outside, he kept every letter ever written to him but never opened and read them. On the other hand, he is keenly aware of what is happening in his art, with his acquaintances, and in his city and shouts it in high voice!

The story is not linear. There is no imposed theatrical arch - imposing one works against the concept. It’s a life with a conglomeration of memories, all shared in the time of the show.

We use a collage technique to construct a complex performance that includes the popular, the artistic and the everyday. Un Lieu de Vie is a dialogue with modern life and the tension in modernity between a celebration and disparagement of popular culture. It is a show that represents an absent life that is never seen, a form of theatrical deferral.

Imagine sitting on the steps of the TKTS booth at Times Square at 7:00 pm on any weekday for say, 75 minutes. As you watch the chaotic activity, imagine the stories you would hear if you could ask 20 or 30 people to tell you something about the past. Now imagine that those stories all belong to Erik!


Allan Markowitz

concrete timbre & d’moiselles

Creation: 2014


Chris Chappell

Whitney George

Lillian Redl

Ann Warren

and Erik Satie


Carina Beckerman

Terence Diamond

Mark Farnen

Nancy Greening

Sylvaine Hinglais

Ann Warren

and Erik Satie


Robert Morton


Ann Warren

Music Director:

Whitney George


Michelle Stuckey

Production Stage Manager:

Joanne Schwartzberg


Saxophone:  Manuela Lechler


Curiosity Cabinet members:

Piano:  Melinda Faylor

Double Bass:  Emilio Guarino

Percussion:  Joe Tucker

Violin/Viola: Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos

Trombone: David Whitwell


Nathalie Bryant

Fedly Daniel

Samantha Grassian

Zilong Zee


Sunday-October 26, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Monday-October 27, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday-November 1, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

Sunday-November 2, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Monday-November 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm


Gallery MC

549 West 52 Street, 8th floor

(between 10th & 11th Ave.)

With support from:

Allan Markowitz

Robert Morton

Ann Warren

Richard Sage

Michael Stebbins

Milica Paranosic

Gallery MC

Anonymous (several!)

Thank you!

The story line is simple: a Conductor (the train kind, not the music kind - although there are similarities)

introduces episodes from Erik’s life. Each announcement hopes to entice the audience to a specific episode (and there are simultaneous ones, in essence competing ones!) around the studio.