With “Stereo Deluxe”, at the Nuits de Fourvière, Philippe Decouflé makes a euphoric return to his roots


It’s a first, it’s a last. This double face hangs over the opening, Wednesday, May 31, of the Nuits de Fourvière, which displays 58 shows and concerts until July 28. While Philippe Decouflé launched the event in the rain with his new opus, Deluxe StereoDominique Delorme, director of the festival, introduced its last and twentieth edition. “Everything is fine, the downpour will only last thirty minutes and the show will not stop”, joked the one who had dreamed for years of inviting Decouflé, but without finding the opportunity so far. “It never worked, because the presence of video in his creations did not fit with the Grand Théâtre and the outside”, he specified.

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Fortunately, the choreographer staged Stereo, dance concert without image projections for three musicians and five performers, created in 2022 at the Montpellier Danse festival. He presents here an augmented version, Deluxe therefore, with a brass section, a keyboard and two additional performers, specially simmered for this first time in Fourvière. The result is fully adjusted to the majesty and size of the frame.

On the huge stage, in front of the crowd of spectators curled up in white plastic ponchos quickly distributed by the ushers – a fantastic vision than that of the public in cellophane – this very musical, very “show” production by Decouflé has a lot of character. Tall metal structures in pop colors frame three mobile podiums on which sits a rock trio, a hard core made up of guitarist Arthur Satan, drummer Romain Boutin and bassist Louise Decouflé, “daughter of”.

A dazzling mosaic

Silver curtains signal the sequined style of the evening, seasoned as it should be with a multicolored luminous hype where everything flashes, right down to the furniture sometimes forming a dazzling mosaic. As for the rock, pop, disco register, it weaves between creations and covers, including the very moving one by Long Slow GoodbyeQueens of the Stone Age, or get it on, by T. Rex, with this sense of celebration dear to Decouflé and this amorous derision so finely cultivated by this exhilarating personality of contemporary dance.

Joyful, wacky, sentimental, glamorous and sharing, Deluxe Stereo operates as a kind of homecoming for the popular artist who always mixes dance and live music with relish. Suffice to say that within the framework of this show, he lets go of the valve and feasts on the multiple influences that have tattooed his career. He remembers his first “spectacular shocks” including concerts by Kid Creole and the Coconuts, the B-52’s and the Talking Heads, or the play Drastic Classicism, by American choreographer Karole Armitage. Above all, he wants to rediscover this euphoric fusion of sound and gesture, experienced in particular during evenings at the Palace or at the Bains-Douches in the 1980s, when sound flows directly through the veins and makes you climb to the ceiling.

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