This small forest was planted entirely by German forces, in 1940, where there were previously farms and farmland, to hide the construction of one of the strategic batteries of the Atlantic Wall.The casemates and blockhouses housed cannons which fired at the allied shipping plying the strait, and could reach the English coast. The forest has remained, but is struggling to grow because of the thick sea spray that blows in over the ash trees.
Based on the history of the place, memories and personal anecdotes imparted to the artist during interviews and a hypnosis session, Pierre Redon composes a sound fiction presenting a female character.
The forest becomes the scene of a romance arising from historical traumas and fantasies. Voices emerge, between past and present.
Our movement through the forest and the discovery of ruined gun batteries enriches the way we listen to the work.
Commisioned by :General council of Pas-de-Calais.