A multimedia show which commemorates the Great War in a resolutely modern language and plunges the viewer into the heart of this important period of the 20th century.
The 1914-1918 “Other Views” Photo-Concert tackles the First World War through eight hundred archival images, selected by director Jean-François Pey. “Propaganda”, “The Rear Front”, “Fighting”, “Scenes of Life”, the antique images inhabit the screen through a series of ten themes, in a sort of cinematic narrative, carried by the incisive and sensitive music of ” OZMA.
Expressive, edifying and touching, the selected images allow us to examine the realities of these men and women through a variety of scenes and to experience unprecedented sensations.
By varying tempos, playing contrasts of dynamics, improvising with open eyes, OZMA dust off these precious finds with a creative and moving music. Ultra-modern musical influences echo the revolutionary technologies of a bygone era, but also simple melodies, nostalgic ballads, the face of melancholy inspired by a cold night of waiting for a fight we fear is imminent.
OZMA uncovers treasures from a dark and bitter time, when courage and heroism were in order, cascading images, and suddenly a text. The voice of drummer Stéphane Scharlé softly recites chapters of the correspondence of Jean Déléage, an elementay school teacher who has been on the front for too long. Then the voice disappears giving way to music, rain and the immutable trenches.
The images are extracted from the archives of the CIL (Center Image Lorraine), the departmental archives of the Vosges, the departmental archives of Saône et Loire, and the departmental archives of Belfort.
Stéphane Scharlé : drums, reading, sound design
Tam de Villiers : guitar
Edouard Séro-Guillaume : bass
Jean François Pey : photographic director