Résidence au Château de l’Esparrou

A meeting with Les amis de l’Esparrou resulted in Silvère Jarrosson being invited for a residence in France’s Pyrénées-Orientales, to work on performance with violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, offering an intimate combination of painting and music.

Bach’s Partitas were chosen for this project, owing to their compositional fluidity and complexity , allowing Théotime to play outstanding ly, and Silvère to use a wide rhythmical range. One passage, in particular, in the Caconne, offered an eloquent illustration of the painter’s gestures and was the starting point foe the two artists’ work together.

The performance took place at Palais des rois de Majorque at Perpignan on 18 October 2020. The canvas on display at the concert provided a constantly-evolving picture, with the two participants following and accompanying one another:

  • allemande:the artists find their place;

  • courante: The painting, overtaking the music, is exalted;

  • chaconne: violin virtuoso performance;

  • Bach’s music sets the canvas vibrating.

Final chords from Théotime’s violin. Silvère completes his canvas. The painting, meanwhile, goes on for a short while. It is still moving, though slowing down and stabilizing. Time is about to depart from it. One is, perhaps, witnessing a slow-time photography session, a mobile image slowly transitioning to immobility. These meanders will shortly be fossils: images of an instant life, settling in to something approaching eternity. The artwork’s time frame goes askew; synchronisation is lost, in order to separate its existence from ours. It is a form of amniotic time.