"Where the Rivers Meet" is a radio essay, halfway between documentary and fiction, taking its source in Montbéliard, a city where many rivers have been diverted, buried, channeled... It attempts to reveal the invisible links that connect the inhabitants of a city undergoing profound change, where communication seems to become increasingly complex.
Where the rivers meet is pure sound poetry, daringly interweaving voices, sounds, and music. It speaks of daily life through the dystopia of a flood. If all the rivers of Montbéliard were to overflow and invade the city, the words of its inhabitants would surface. There would be silence, water, respite, and encounters.
A sound creation by Antoine Richard, co-written with Samaële Steiner.
Produced by MA Scène nationale in Montbéliard, France.
Antoine Richard is an independent filmmaker and sound creator who studied sound writing at Ensatt with Daniel Deshays after a musical education. His broad approach to sound creation and production has led him to work in various artistic fields, including radio, theater and dance, museography, cinema, and music. He has worked occasionally for France Culture, La Philharmonie de Paris, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and is part of the Making Waves collective and NGO. He also teaches sound production in different training structures.
He continues to create his own sound creations in which he sensitively explores the territories of the intimate and strives to invent forms that tend to break down genre boundaries.
He has received several awards for his work, including the Prix Italia and the Grand Prix Fiction from the SGDL (Le chagrin - 2016), the Phonurgia Nova award for documentary (Sur la touche - 2018, là où se rejoignent les rivières / special jury mention in 2022), and the SACD Young Talent Award with the company Les Hommes Approximatifs (2018, theater).
In 2021, he founded silencesplateaux.fr, an association and online platform dedicated to sound design professionals in the theater industry.