you'll drown, dear (2017)



mezzo soprano

you'll drown, dear was created in collaboration with playwright Cordelia Lynn and stage designer/director Aurélie Lemaignen. It was developed at IRCAM under the guidance of Hèctor Parra and Jean Lochard, as part of the 2016-17 CURSUS program. It received its world premiere by Juliette Raffin-Gay at IRCAM's Manifeste Festival 2017.

A woman in a room. In a chair. Reaching, pulling, closer, deeper, to silence.

Cordelia Lynn’s text, inspired by Rilke’s symbolist play "The White Princess" explores conflicting states: internal and external worlds, fantasy and reality, movement and stasis. In my setting, I blur the boundaries between the extremes. I resolve the conflict into a process of release – an emptying of the voice. It is an undressing in search for clarity.

More information about the work HERE (including the full text).

Read an interview HERE with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence about the followup work The White Princess, for two voices, percussion and electronics.

Review from ResMUSICA HERE (2018).

Grâce à son sens dramaturgique, Sivan Eldar réussit à développer une matière vocale généreuse et large, mise en valeur par la très belle prestation de Juliette Raffin-Gay. Sans surprise, on constate que l’espace onirique ouvert par l’électronique live n’a nul besoin pour être efficace d’être ostentatoire
— Pierre Rigaudière, DIAPASON


Le Centquatre, Salle 400, Festival Manifeste, Paris, France, 20 June, 2017.

Juliette Raffin Gay, mezzo-soprano; Sivan Eldar, live electronics; Jérémie Bourgogne, sound engineer.