« YEAR 1 »

Day 7

“Year 1” premiered on October 27th, 2018,
at the laboratory of creation La Générale in Paris, France,
marking the first anniversary of the art company The Group.

« YEAR 1 »

Paris, 27.10.2018

“Year 1” is a collective performance created by Agathe Simon for the international art company The Group. The artistic team is composed with no prerequisite: the members are aged 8 to 82, coming from 14 countries (Argentina, Canada, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Luxembourg, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the United States of America).

In preparing “Year 1”, Agathe Simon has offered each team member to explore their first year of life. The performance revolves around these narratives via an intimate scenography, rhythmed by immersive sound creations.


The Project
The Team
The Sound Creations


The First Year of Our Lives

On October the 27th, 2018, the art company The Group celebrated its first anniversary at the laboratory of creation La Générale in Paris, France. On the occasion, Agathe Simon has offered nine persons, aged 8 to 75, from 7 countries (France, India, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Morocco, and the United States of America), an opportunity to explore their first of their life.

This exploration leads each of them to a 4min account, documented by a video, a photograph, an object or a recording. These narratives become the primary matter of a collective experience. Still other accounts about the first year of life, sent from around the world, integrate the sound creations participating, thereby, in the immersive environment of the performance.

© Fred Petit

L’équipe artistique & technique
© Fred Petit


An international artistic team, made up with no prerequisite

The “Year 1” artistic team is made up of 35 people, aged 8 to 82, from 14 countries. Agathe Simon brought together this international team with no prerequisite.

Conception, scenography, and sound creations: Agathe Simon

Narrators: Mila, Barbara Becquiot, Martine Bertrand, Giuseppe Gavazza, Saïd Hajjioui, Simon, Jeanne Lelièvre, Nathalie Noé Adam, Irène Omélianenko, Ghislaine Parent.

Guides: Alice Fauquette, Lucile Jaeghers, Françoise, Fabienne Manet, Viviane Monel-Villa, Anne Rannou, Patrice Vandoorselaere, Paul Villa.

Sound Creation Voices: Daria Apakhonchich (Russia), Françoise de Chalonge (France), Denise Cobello (Argentina), Maxim Evstropov (Russia), Eryn Foster (Canada), Margarita Garcia Faure (Argentina), Sigurlin Bjarney Gisladottir (Iceland), Ida C. Helland-Hansen (Norway), Simonetta Montaguti (Italy), David Packer (United States), Armel Tia (Ivory Coast), Sarojini Wijerathna Ekanayake & Deneth Piumakshi Wedaarachchige (Sri Lanka).

Film Team: Agathe Simon (director, composer), H7O7 Films (Hadi Moussally, Olivier Pagny) et Sébastien Lemaire (images & sound), Saïd Hajjioui (editing), Mireille Faure (mixing).

Photo Team: Frédéric Petit, Sébastien Lemaire.


Narratives recorded throughout the world

These sound creations are based on narratives sent by members of the The Group art company living abroad. These members recorded an account of their first year of life in their mother tongue (Russian, Icelandic, Sinhalese, Touba, etc.), based on personal research. They constitute the opening, interludes and finale of the “Year One” collective performance.

Conception, editing, and mixing: Agathe Simon
Recording of the French voice (finale): Studio Chez Jean
Post-production: Philippe Kadosch

Dress Rehearsal & Arrival of the Public
© Sébastien Lemaire


Information & Programming

Agathe Simon
Artistic Director

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Special Thanks: La Générale, Emmanuel Ferrand, Philippe Kadosch, Alice Fauquette, Barbara Becquiot, Noémie Bourdin Habert, Emmanuel Ferrand, Philippe Kadosch, Jeanne Lelièvre, Le Professeur Inlassable, Carine Simon, Marie-Hélène Vignes, Jessica Degain, Patrice Vandoorselaere, Bertrand Maillot, Fabienne Manet, Wilfried Converti, Louise Lachance, Etienne Roussel, Simonetta Montaguti, Paul Villa, Manuel Martinez, Catherine Lehongre-Dam, Guylène Parent, Ida C. Helland-Hansen, Jocelyne Léger, Elisa Martin, Lionel Onteniente, Macia Roca, Brigitte Louis, Simon Kobayashi, Nadia Seffouh, David Anna, Lucile Jaeghers.

Cover Photograph: Sébastien Lemaire