Björk Brings Biophilia Shows To Paris

posted November 28, 2012

Björk Brings Biophilia Shows To Paris

Björk will bring the Biophilia live show to Paris for a very special 6-night residency in February and March 2013. Four performances will take place at Le Cirque En Chantier, a specially constructed circus tent on L’Ile Seguin, an island on the Seine, in an intimate setting with no audience member more than a few meters from the stage.

There will also be two further shows at Le Zenith where Björk will perform in the round, making her the first ever artist to do so at the legendary venue.

Dates as follows:

  • February 21         Le Cirque En Chantier                                       
  • February 24         Le Cirque En Chantier                                       
  • February 27         Le Cirque En Chantier                                       
  • March 02              Le Cirque En Chantier                                       
  • March 05              Le Zenith                                                             
  • March 08              Le Zenith                                                              

Tickets will be available from December 10th at

Biophilia premiered last summer at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) followed by a sold out residency in Björk’s hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland. Further residencies in New York (at the New York Hall of Science) and Buenos Aires have followed along with festival performances in Europe and South America. Initially commissioned by MIF, the intimate performance finds Björk accompanied by a set of unique musical instruments created by a team including an Icelandic organ builder and a graduate of the MIT Media Lab. Among these creations are four 10-foot pendulum-harps, a MIDI-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical Tesla coils. The performance also features an award-winning 24-piece Icelandic female choir and visuals from the Biophilia Apps and musicians including Manu Delago and musical director Matt Robertson.

In addition to the live performance, Björk will also present her Biophilia Educational Program. Featuring interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children, the series leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia’s songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses, and more. Students will also learn to use the Biophilia Apps as tools for music composition and delve into the study of how musicology relates to nature. The city of Reykjavík just announced that the Biophilia educational project will be included in Reykjavik’s school curriculum for the next three years. The series debuted at the Manchester International Festival and has also travelled to Reykjavik, New York, Buenos Aires and the Oya Festival in Oslo.

 Björk has collaborated with app developers, scientists, writers, inventors, musicians, and instrument makers to create a unique multimedia exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet. The project is inspired by and explores these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. “Biophilia’s songs are astounding,” NPR said. “These songs have room to breathe, employing space and silence as much as melody and harmony. The sparse instrumentation and arrangements become gorgeously intricate meditations on which to build...vocal melodies unfurl more like transcendent devotionals than typical verses, and become even more stirring when accompanied by a chorus of voices that could fill a cathedral.”

Each performance will feature songs from Biophilia, Björk’s most interdisciplinary project to date. Stereogum said that “Biophilia is one of 2011’s best releases…[T]he songwriting is sharp, the feel immediate and enveloping.” The 10-track album, out now on One Little Indian, is available digitally, in CD format and on vinyl. Additionally, each of the 10 songs is available as a special feature of the Biophilia App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Biophilia was named one of 2011’s Best Apps by Apple and landed on year-end best-of lists from NME, Mojo, The Observer, and Uncut, among others. The latest version is available through In-App Purchase, exclusively at iTunes  and the App Store.