The Bakery | Glossopoeia
Richard Siegal's The Bakery
The Bakery, Richard Siegal, Dance


Glossopoeia was born of the encounter between Siegal and the Spanish composer Alberto Posadas. Both artists are inspired by formal iterative systems which respectively govern their choreographic and musical scores.


Siegal constructs rule-based relationships based on his If/Then methodology. Posadas’ compositions draw on mathematical approaches such as fractal theory. These parallel grammars are joined during part of the piece by interactive processes: dancers’ movements are captured and analyzed using gesture recognition to transform the live sound played onstage.


Glossopoeia means the creation of language. Adopting this notion, the performance raises questions about the potential of iterative systems to create artistic expression and, more broadly, their ability to generate new forms of communication.



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Date: 2009
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Composer: Alberto Posadas
Set Design: Virginie Mira
Light Design: Gilles Gentner
Graphic Design: Artefactory Lab
Costume Design: Alexandra Bertaut
Video Design: Yann Philippe
Sound Design/Live Music: Lorenzo Bianchi (Ircam)
Gesture Follower Technology: Frédéric Bevilacqua (Ircam)

Performers: Raphaëlle Delaunay, Julie Guibert, Asha Thomas

Musicians: Soloists Ensemble Intercontemporain; Alain Billard (clarinet), Odile Auboin (viola), Eric- Maria Couturier (cello), Samuel Favre (percussion)

Partners: Ircam/Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Ensemble Intercontemporain
Commissioned by Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Kairos Music, Musicadhoy- Madrid, and the European Union Cultural Programme, with support from Fonds Musique de scène-Sacd and the Varèse Network, Centquatre, Adami