In the ring,

in the sonorous excitement of a crowd of impatient spectators, two strange articulated tubular structures face each other. Fragile and threatening, they appear as a curious mixture between animal ferocity and martial purity.

The gong resounds,

one of the two creature violently projects its upper arm forward, sweeping through space and whistling through the air over the spectators. Surprised, his opponent twirls around. The fight begins ferociously. A low pulse fills the hall and grows louder…



The fight is a spectacular event that inspires a great deal of fascination due to its intensity and the collective excitement it generates. This characteristic phenomenon mainly stems from a highly charged sonic context and, above all, from the constant interaction between the fighters’ performance and the public’s audible reactions. The blows whip up the crowd’s fury while the cheers fuel the fighter’s ardor. The result is a constant flow of energy back and forth between the ring and the stands. The power and speed of the clashing bodies resonate with the exalted vocal pulsations of the fans. A succession of tensions and relaxations, both physical and sonic, dictate the rhythm and dramaturgy of a show whose beauty emanates from a blend of primal instincts and virtuosity.

Uperqt reproduces this deeply emotional experience in the form of a musical piece, articulated and composed in real time by the combat of two great metallic creatures.






  • François Bommottet
  • Jacques Décosterd



  • Fondation Caris
  • Loterie romande
  • Canton de Neuchâtel
  • Ville de la Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Commune de Valbroye
  • Fondation culturelle de la Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise
  • Ernst Göhner Stiftung
  • Fondation Nicati De-Luze

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