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Arca ostinata

Nino Laisné – Daniel Zapico

February 14 2023, 6.30pm

Running time: 70’
On the occasion of the show, there will be a tactile visit dedicated to the sets and the props of Arca ostinata (at 5.15 pm, running time: 45’). The visit is designed mainly for people with visual impairments. Information at:

A miniature opera born of the decades-long collaboration between Nino Laisné – among the most eclectic of French artists – and Spanish musician Daniel Zapico. Escaping traditional classifications, Arca ostinata is a tribute to the dreamy musicality of the theorbo (a great lute from the 16th century) and the evocative atmospheres of the Baroque era. In this work of historical revival and research, a huge magic lantern transports the viewer to another moment in time, as if in a dream filled with lights, sets and visual compositions. In parallel, the sound dimension brings back to life the great musical myths of a distant time, in a contemporary and hybridized key. A phantasmagoria, a bestiary of images, sounds and colors.

Nino Laisné
's artistic research combines different elements in an exquisitely original way, leaping over all genre boundaries. In recent years, he has created a unique universe centred around the image. Through his knowledge of cinema and music, the artist produces dialogues made up of sounds rather than words. His rather quirky works combine different modes of expression and include historical and sociological elements: art, popular tradition, fashion, cabaret, opera. As early as 2010, with Os convidados, Laisné’s images took on sound, suggesting traditional music. In 2017, he created the show Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando, produced by his encounter with François Chaignaud and presented at the 72nd Avignon Festival. In October 2019, for his new solo exhibition at the FRAC Franche-Comté, he presented L’air des infortunés, a film revisiting a historical imposture. He is associate artist at Les 2 Scènes – Scène nationale de Besançon.

From an early age Daniel Zapico focused his studies in the field of ancient music. In 1999 he began specializing in the theorbo at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Langreo. He graduated from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with highest honors. In 2012 he obtained a master's degree in musicology, music education and interpretation from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. As a founding member of the ensemble Forma Antiqva, he has performed at major world festivals dedicated to early music. His close collaboration with Nino Laisné has recently led him to feature in the artist’s show Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando. In 2020, for the label Alborada, Daniel Zapico published Au monde, his first solo album, acclaimed by international critics and awarded by Diapason d’Or.



With the support of Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati – Fondazione franco-italiana di sostegno alla creazione contemporanea


conception, set design, musical direction: Nino Laisné
theorbo: Daniel Zapico
computer music engineer, computer music collaboration, Ircam: Arthur Frick, Dionysios Papanikolaou
sound engineer: Mireille Faure
general manager, lighting technician, handling: Léo Zavatta
lighting design: Jimmy Boury
design of lighting effects in set: Charlotte Gautier Van Tour
construction, stage manager: Jean-Michel Sittler
set construction: Scène nationale de Besançon, Emmanuel Cèbe (technical dir.), Michel Petit, Gilles Girardet (carpenters)
rosette creation: Matéo Crémades
cabinetmaker: Augustin Lacker
sculptor: Sean Dunbar
infographics modeling: Pierre N’Guerpande
painters: Sylvie Mitault, Agnès Robin
production administration: Martine Girol
diffusion, production: Bureau Platô, Séverine Péan, Clémence Faravel
delegated production: Zorongo
coproduction: Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Théâtre de Cornouaille Scène nationale de Quimper, Les 2 Scènes, Scène nationale de Besançon, Scène nationale d’Orléans, Le Grand R, Scène nationale de La Roche-sur-Yon, Arsenal – Cité musicale de Metz, La Soufflerie – Scène conventionnée de Rezé, Théâtre Molière – Sète, Scène nationale archipel de Thau, Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
with the support of: DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Aide au Développement et à la Production du DICRéAM, Ville de Besançon, Département du Doubs, Ircam (Paris)
debut: December 14, 2021, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy


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