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Bernard Heidsieck

La Poésie en action

A film by Anne-Laure Chamboissier & Philippe Franck

In collaboration with Gilles Coudert


Available in DVD

Available in VOD


Year of production: 2013

Duration: 56 min.

French Version

English subtitles


This documentary film with Bernard Heidsieck, precursor in 1955 of “sound poetry” and in 1962 of “poetry action”, paints a new portrait of the artist and his work, with a series of 10 original and recent interviews and audiovisual archives, most often unreleased, of his sound performances.
With Bernard Heidsieck’s voice, this film is a journey into his work as well as an extremely vivid testimony defining sound poetry, historically as well as in its current development. This conversation with the artist is enriched with interviews of other major figures in sound poetry, publishing and performance: Jean-Pierre Bobillot, Olivier Cadiot, Laurent Cauwet, Anne-James Chaton, Paul-Armand Gette, John Giorno, Bernard Heidsieck, Françoise Janicot, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux and Jean- Jacques Lebel, as well as archival documents about Bernard Heidsieck and his close friends and family.
Different layers cross and overlap at the soundtrack editing level, as well as listening to the archives, or Bernard Heidsieck‘s voice and the different participants’ reactions. In order to ensure clarity, this film attempts to go to the heart of the subject and its multiple ramifications, to bring forth its main issues.


© a.p.r.e.s production / CHAM Projects / Solang Production Paris Brussels / Transcultures


Prod (eng)

Anne-James Chaton, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Bernard Heidsieck, Françoise Janicot, Jean Pierre Bobillot, Jean-Jacques Lebel, John Giorno, Laurent Cauwet, Olivier Cadiot, Paul-Armand Gette, Poésie