February 17, 2016

Sixth Sidération festival of space imaginings CNES Head Office, Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March

The Observatoire de l’Espace, CNES’s art and science laboratory, is organizing for the sixth year running the Sidération festival of immersive performances and creations inspired by the space adventure. From Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March, 40 artists will be presenting their works at CNES Head Office in the Les Halles district of Paris.

Robots, cyborgs and other companions
The Sidération festival seeks to bring space to a wide audience and this year is transforming CNES’s Head Office in Paris into a place populated by cyborgs, robots and other companions. “Through this theme, the notion of ‘otherness’ comes sharply into focus in the world of space, which mirrors the questions facing society here on Earth,” affirms Gérard Azoulay, the festival’s artistic director. Festival-goers will be taken on a trip of the senses in the imaginary realm of space with artists from all horizons and exhibiting another side of humanity.

Total art
Sidération has established itself as a singular and innovating stage where artists, authors and space players share stories of space with the public in which humans play a central role.
Performances, acrobatics, dance, music, voices, pictures, puppets and machines intersect and fertilize one another across boundaries to unleash creativity.

Salle de l’Espace: a living spectacle
Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, the public will be invited to gather in the Salle de l’Espace to see four or five creations by artists each exploring in their own way the question of ‘otherness’ through the prism of space.

Friday 18 March at 8.30 p.m.
Ex Nihilo by Corinne Frimas (actress) and Guillaume Roy (violinist)
Blablacar by and with Jeanne Moynot (actress) and Anne-Sophie Turion (actress)
QuiManipuleQui? by Jean-Louis Heckel (director) with Pascale Blaison (puppeteer), Anne Shreshta (double bassist) and Michel Viso (exobiologist)
Le corps infini... prémisses by Kitsou Dubois (choreographer) with Léo Manipoud (acrobat), Petteri Savokorpi (acrobat), Thierry Miroglio (percussionist) and Anne Sedes (composer)

Saturday 19 March at 8.30 p.m.
Space audity by and with Pascal Battus (composer) and Angie Eng (videographer)
Tatayet astronaute by and with Michel Dejeneffe (ventriloquist)
Ciel & Terre – Prophylaxie by and with Pamina de Coulon (performance artist)
Troisième corps by and with Jeanne Morel (dancer) and Paul Marlier (videographer)
La Main de l’âme by Didier Petit with Jean Gaudy (cellist), Anaïs Moreau (cellist), Didier Petit (cellist) and Jean-Yves Cousseau (videographer)

Sunday 20 March from 4 to 6 p.m.
Idéal Indéfini by and with Valérie Cordy (multimedia performance artist)
My Dog is My Piano by and with Antonia Baehr (performance artist) and Frédéric Bigot (musician)
CoSmosEroS _ Cosmographie d’une rencontre by and with Hortense Gauthier (performance artist)
Apocalypse by and with Aymeric Descharrières (saxophonist), Fabien Duscombs (drummer) and Sylvain Kassap (clarinettist)

The ‘Space Inn’: a place for experimenting and new combinations
The festival is again offering free entry to its ‘Space Inn’ on Saturday and Sunday. Actor Gaël Baron, authors Jakuta Alikavazovic and David Christoffel, and plastic artists Raphaël Dallaporta and Bertrand Rigaux, musician Eric Cordier and the humanoid Brioux will be in residence with other guest artists and authors, as well as engineers, scientists, exhibition curators, astronauts, robots and cyborgs.
These eight resident artists will be scouring tales from guests and space archives in search of the close relationships developed in space, then noting, recording and comparing them. Some of the artists will even be arranging a place for meditation or contemplation to better immerse festival-goers in their plastic or sonic world.

The Sidération festival is organized as part of French language week with the support of the General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages of France (DGLFLF) at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The festival is sponsored by the CASDEN cooperative bank.
Radio Nova is the media partner for Sidération 2016.

The Observatoire de l’Espace, CNES’s art and science laboratory
CNES’s Observatoire de l’Espace is an art and science laboratory that conceives original ways to nurture knowledge and creations inspired by space. By revealing how space is present in our history, our imagination and our daily lives, the Observatoire de l’Espace shows contemporary society in a new light. To share the rich space adventure with citizens everywhere, it works with artists, research scientists from all horizons and cultural institutions to produce books, exhibitions, festivals and gatherings.


Sidération festival
18-20 March
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales
2, place Maurice Quentin / 75001 Paris
Metro – RER: Châtelet-Les Halles (Place Carrée exit – Pont Neuf stairs)

Friday 18 March: 8 to 11.30 p.m.
Saturday 19 March: 2 to 11.30 p.m.
Saturday 20 March: 2 to 6 p.m.

Salle de l’Espace / 1-day pass: 10 euros
3-day pass: 20 euros
Space Inn: free

Tickets available on line from 17 February:
Carrefour - Fnac - Magasins U - Géant - Intermarché
www.carrefour.fr - www.fnac.com  - www.francebillet.com
0 892 692 694 (€0.34/min)

Observatoire de l’Espace contact
Amand Berteigne    Tel. +33 (0)1 42 23 09 18    amand.berteigne@orange.fr
CNES contact
Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr