Here on Earth

Gabriel Fauré’s Melodies

  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Show
The 2018 archive

Sonia Bester and Olivier Mellano

Paris / Created in 2018

Fauré’s tunes are revisited by fifteen modern singers for a unique evening halfway between poetry and dream.
Here on Earth, Sonia Bester and Olivier Mellano, 2018 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


When voices create feelings, when melancholy and desire echo more than they ever did... Here on Earth has contemporary artists performing Gabriel Fauré's melodies outside of a classical context. By giving those often little-known tunes to fifteen singers from diverse backgrounds, from jazz to pop, guitarist and composer Olivier Mellano and show creator Sonia Bester, along with musicians Simon Dalmais (piano), Anne Gouverneur (violin), and Maëva Le Berre (cello), open up a whole new world to those subtle compositions from the 19th century. The show Here on Earth is at once a unique evening with fifteen singers to close the Festival d'Avignon and an ambitious project born of a desire to break away from classical singing, whose power often comes as a detriment to the subtlety of this repertoire. A dreamlike evening out of time which will bring together spoken words and music, poetry and the night. Between two guitar sonic arches, each performer will come give his or her voice to those “songs” that are ancestors to ours, and which will be revelations for many of us, thanks to those artists.


With Dominique A, Jeanne Added, Camille, Élise Caron,
Judith Chemla, Hugh Coltman, John Greaves, Piers Faccini,
Philippe Katerine, Kyrie Kristmanson, JP Nataf,
Sandra Nkaké, Himiko Paganotti, Rosemary Standley

And BAUM  Simon Dalmais (piano), Anne Gouverneur (violin),
Maëva Le Berre (cello), Olivier Mellano (guitar)

Conception Sonia Bester, Olivier Mellano
Musical direction Olivier Mellano
Arrangements BAUM
Artistic Collaboration Isabelle Antoine
Stage design Sonia Bester,  Olivier Mellano
Lights Maël Iger
Sound Audrey Schiavi
Costumes Elisabeth Cerqueira


Production La Familia en accord avec Madamelune
Coproduction Abbaye de Noirlac, Théâtre Molière Scène nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau, Le Train Théâtre (Portes-les-Valence), le Centquatre (Paris)
With the support of l'Adami et pour la 72e édition du Festival d'Avignon : Adami, Sacem

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