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By Patricia Boccadoro

PARIS, 24 OCTOBER 2005—The 34th edition of the Autumn Festival in Paris is largely dominated by Brazil's year in France, with commissions given to such artists as Lia Rodrigues, Enrique Diaz, and Bruno Beltrao. Claudio Segovia pays his own tribute to the samba in  Brasil Brasileiro,a new musical at the Chatelet, while over one hundred Brazilian artists take part in shows, plays and exhibitions throughout the city until 25 December.

Highlights in theatre, dance and visual arts include:

Brasil Brasileiro
Théatre du Chatelet
2, rue Edouard Colonne
75001 Paris
(33) 1 40 28 28 00

60 singers, dancers and musicians at the Chatelet for two hours of exotic tribute to the samba staged  by the Argentinean director, Claudio Segovia. A show following on to Tango Argentino, Flamenco puro, and Black and blue . 25 tableaux retracing the history of Brazilian song and dance.

21, 22, 23, 25 December 

Enrique Diaz: La Passion selon G.H.
Théâtre de la Cité Internationale
17, boulevard Jourdan
75014  Paris 
(33) 1 43 13 50 50

A monologue by Clarice Lispector, where the Brazilian writer tells the tale of how finding a half-dead cockroach in a cupboard changed a woman's life. In Portuguese with French sub-titles.

until 25 October


Lia Rodrigues
Centre National de la Danse
1, rue Victor Hugo
93507 Pantin
(33) 1 41 83 98 98

Lia Rodrigues, choreographer and director of the Festival Panorama of Rio is known for her political committment, particularly in favour of those in need. Overthrowing codes and conventions, Rodrigues invites her audience to rediscover dance.

Photo: DR
Photo courtesy of Festival d'automne

18, 19 November


Saburo Teshigawara: Kazahana
Maison des Arts Creteil 

In Japanese, Kaze means the wind and Hana a flower. In his latest work, the Japanese Choreographer demonstrates once again, that for him, dance is to play with the air. Like flowers, his dancers welcome the wind and the rain, moving in harmony with invisible currents.

24-27 November


Robert Lepage: Le Projet Andersen
Maison des Arts Creteil
Place Salvador Allende
94000 Créteil
(33) 01 45 13 19 19

Quebec-born Robert Lepage's second appearance in Paris takes the form of a one-man show demonstrating his fascination for photography, videos and telephones, and inspired by two tales by Hans Andersen. A duel between romanticism and modernism set at the Opéra Garnier. The main participants, interpreted by Lepage himself, are the opera administrator who commissioned the work, a young Arab guardian, and a dog. It is uncertain who interprets the dog.

24, 25, 26, 27 November    

Miguel Rio Branco: Plaisir de la douleur
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
(33) 1 44 78 75 00

The title of this exhibition ("pleasure - pain") reflects the ambivalence of Brazilian culture and the richness of a body of work which blends creation and destruction and also a constant flux of photographs, paintings and installations. The brilliant colours and the sensuality of the light form a permanent dialogue with a darker side: the melancholy from which Latin American culture is never totally exempt. On view are paintings Miguel Rio Branco made during his stay in New York in the mid sixties: oil paintings for which he used collage techniques.

Until 27 November 2005


Carlos Freire: Carnets de routes, photographs 1978 - 2005
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
(33) 1 44 78 75 00

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1945, Carlos Freire lives in Paris. After studying humanities at university, he began working as a journalist in Brazil. He arrived in France in 1968 but only began taking photographs four years later, making portraits of personalities from the world of letters and the Arts for French newspapers and magazines. From 1998 he produced portraits of places .

9 November 2005 - 9 January 2006


Brazilian Audiovisual Art
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
(33) 1 44 78 75 00

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm, in counterpoint to the exhibitions devoted to Brazilian photographers, the Bernard-Pierre Wolff Auditorium at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie offers a look at Brazilian audiovisual art in three cycles: Fictions and documentaries / Art video / Digital Art.  The series includes films by Walter Salles, Carlos Diegues, José Tadeu, Toni Venturi, Andrucha Waddington, Sérgio Rezende, Alberto Graça, Lula Buarque de Hollanda among others.

Until 27 November 2005


Festival d'Automne à Paris

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