The creative potential of sound

Traditionally, sound is used in theatre to support the spoken text or the dramatic action.

This research has given rise to four productions and to Entre-Deux.

Jean-Paul Quéinnec, a researcher with the Department of Arts and Letters at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, is working on liberating sound from this subordinate position, allowing it to assume its full creative power. In doing so, he is revealing new dramatic perspectives. This research-creation project involves opening up the traditional theatrical conventions to other disciplines such as art, linguistics, culture, computer technology and engineering. It highlights the ways in which theatre is transformed through contact with digital arts and performance. 

This research has given rise to four productions and to Entre-Deux, an event offering, among other things, sound manipulations, an exploration of new image and sound technologies, and conferences. It has also led to training sessions, creative workshops, the development of new spatial computing programs, study days, scientific workshops, symposia and the creation of a website. Collaboration played a major role in the project, which resulted in the establishment of a work team (students, research professionals, scientific partners) and the formation of regional and international networks.

Jean-Paul Quéinnec has published articles on the subject for the general public in the Paris journal Le billet des auteurs de théâtre and in Zone occupée, as well as two plays, Dragage and La Mi-Temps and numerous book chapters, scientific articles and conference proceedings in Québec, France and Columbia. He was recently awarded the French Centre national du théâtre "Aide à la creation" prize for the play Revif pour ma sœur Ginette.