Serge Bodart is a Belgian composer and stage director. His music is characterized by the mixing of acoustic instruments,
modern percussions and sound textures. The leitmotiv that emerges from his career is that of emotion; emotion created
through a harmonious blend of subject, visual images and music.
As a pianist by training, I attach great importance to the relationship between sound, silence and tension. I use the warmth of
folk music and the rhythmic roughness of western music by incorporating sound effects, working on the idea of soundscapes
and keeping in mind the concept of a white frame to express a black background.
My musical universe is based on classical and traditional music. Other influences came to graft themselves on this foundation:
Peter Gabriel (Passion), Prince, Miles Davis (Ascenseur pour Echafaud), Afrocelts, Michaël Brook et Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Björk,
Massive Attack, Kusturica et Bregovic, Fellini and Nino Rota, the movies of Werner Herzog and Popol Vuh, Eisenstein and
Prokofiev, Pierre et le Loup, West Side Story, Theodorakis…
Music, lights and visual images: stagecraft
When it comes to composing music for the stage, I work on the visual image to emphasize its content or, conversely, to develop
a second degree of reading. A work has harmony if the balance between subject, emotion, visual image and music is respected. I
work with bands to help them arrange and interpret their songs and to stage their concerts. A concert must be a show; a
performance. I also collaborate with dance-theater companies; always with the aim to enhance emotions created by music
through the balanced use of visual images, lighting and the scenic presence of artists.