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Edme Bourchardon: <EM>Charles Fre&#769;de&#769;ric de La Tour du Pin, Marquis de Gouvernet</EM>Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais/Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis
Edme Bourchardon: Charles Frédéric de La Tour du Pin, Marquis de Gouvernet
Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais/Daniel Lebée et Carine Deambrosis
Bouchardon (1698–1762): A Sublime Idea of Beauty
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  14 September - 5 December 2016

The Musée du Louvre and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles pay tribute to Edme Bouchardon, a renowned French sculptor and draftsman, who was considered an exceptional artist in his own time.

The son of an architect-sculptor, he trained at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris before spending a productive period at the French Academy in Rome (1723–32). Learning of Bouchardon’s great reputation, the director of the King’s Buildings summoned him back to France, where he quickly received a studio and lodgings at the Louvre. Accepted into the Academy in 1735, he thus became Sculptor to the King.

Listed in the Encyclopédie—Diderot and d’Alembert’s encyclopedic dictionary of the sciences, arts, and trades—as the continuator of Puget and Girardon, Bouchardon was regarded by his contemporaries as the advocate of artistic renewal, “the greatest sculptor and the best draftsman of his century” (Cochin).

Musée du Louvre Website

Contact: Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris
Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

Diego Rivera: <EM>Río Juchitán</EM>, 1953-1955&nbsp;Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA Asignación al Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes a través del Sistema de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, 2015©Jorge Vertíz Gargoll
Diego Rivera: Río Juchitán, 1953-1955 
Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA Asignación al Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes a través del Sistema de Administración y Enajenación de Bienes de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, 2015
©Jorge Vertíz Gargoll
Mexico (1900–1950): Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, JC Orozco and vanguards
PARIS  •  Grand Palais  •  5 October 2016 - 23 January 2017
The Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, the Secretaría de Cultura / Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes / Museo Nacional de Arte, México (MUNAL), have joined together to organise an exhibition that traces a vast panorama across modern Mexico, from the first stirrings of the Revolution to the middle of the 20th century, complemented by a number of works from contemporary artists. The exhibition features works by José Vasconcelos,  Ángel Zárraga, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Francisco Eppens, Nahui Olin, Rosa Rolanda, Tina Modotti, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Germán Cueto, Robert Montenegro, Gerardo Murillo "Dr. Atl", Rufino Tamayo, Marius de Zayas, Miguel Covarrubias, Carlos Mérida, José Horna, Leonora Carrington, Alice Rahon among others.

Grand Palais Website

Contact: Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 44 13 17 17

<P>Olafur Eliasson: <EM>The Gaze of Versailles</EM>&nbsp;Photo: Anders Sune Berg © 2016 Olafur Eliasson</P>

Olafur Eliasson: The Gaze of Versailles 
Photo: Anders Sune Berg
© 2016 Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson Versailles
VERSAILLES  •  Château de Versailles  •  7 June - 30 October 2016

Visual artist Olafur Eliasson (born in Denmark in 1967) investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self.

"Historically, the royal court at Versailles was a place of constant observation – of oneself and of others; the strict social norms of the time were enforced through a web of gazes. The Baroque architecture of the palace served to heighten visibility, becoming a stunning instrument of power held exclusively by the king. Today, however, we look at Versailles differently, and when I visit the site, I ask myself: how do you, the visitor, view this iconic site? What does it do to you? Have we all become king? The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone. It invites visitors to take control of the authorship of their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected, to drift through the gardens, and to feel the landscape take shape through their movement. For my exhibition this summer, I am doing a series of subtle spatial interventions inside the palace deploying mirrors and light, and in the gardens, I use fog and water to amplify the feelings of impermanence and transformation. The artworks liquefy the formal design of the gardens while reviving one of landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s original, unrealised visions: the placement of a waterfall along the axis of the Grand Canal. This waterfall reinvigorates the engineering ingenuity of the past. It is as constructed as the court was, and I’ve left the construction open for all to see – a seemingly foreign element that expands the scope of human imagination."

Olafur Eliasson


Château de Versailles Website

Contact: Château de Versailles
Place d'Armes
78000 Versailles
Tel: (33) 1 30 83 78 00

René Magritte: La trahison des images
PARIS  •  Centre Georges Pompidou  •  21 September 2016 - 23 January 2017

The exhibition Magritte: La trahison des images aims to offer a completely new approach to the work of the Belgian artist René Magritte. Featuring both well-known masterpieces and other less familiar works, all drawn from leading public and private collections, it offers a fresh look at one of the key figures of Modern art.

The latest in the series of monographic exhibitions the Centre Pompidou has devoted to major figures in 20th-century art ¬– “Edward Munch: L’œil moderne”, “Matisse: Paires et séries” and “Duchamp: La peinture, même” – this exhibition brings together around one hundred paintings, drawings and documents offering a fresh approach to the painter. “Magritte: La trahison des images” explores the artist’s interest in philosophy, an interest that would culminate in the publication of Foucault’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe (1973), born out of the writers discussions with the artist.

Centre Georges Pompidou Website

Contact: Centre Georges Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris, France

Tel: (33) 1 44 78 12 33

Hiroshi Sugimoto: <EM>Alaskan Wolves</EM>, 1994Gelatin silver printCollection of the artist© Hiroshi Sugimoto
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Alaskan Wolves, 1994
Gelatin silver print
Collection of the artist
© Hiroshi Sugimoto
The Great Animal Orchestra
PARIS  •  Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain  •  2 July 2016 - 8 January 2017

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents The Great Animal Orchestra, inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician, Bernie Krause. The exhibition brings together the work of artists from all over the world and invites the public to enjoy an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the animal kingdom, which is increasingly under threat in today’s modern world.

With: Pierre Bodo, Cai Guo-Qiang, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Raymond Depardon et Claudine Nougaret, Bernie Krause, JP Mika, Manabu Miyazaki, Moke, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Christian Sardet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shiro Takatani, TALLER Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Tara Océans, Cyprien Tokoudagba, United Visual Artists, Agnès Varda, Adriana Varejão.

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain Website


Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris, France



Tel: (33) 1 42 18 56 50

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: <EM>Madame Moitessier</EM>© The National Gallery, LondonDist. RMN-Grand Palais / National Gallery Photographic Department
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Madame Moitessier
© The National Gallery, London
Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / National Gallery Photographic Department
The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870
PARIS  •  Musée d’Orsay  •  27 September 2016 - 15 January 2017
A regime denigrated in its time and held in contempt after its fall, the Second Empire was, for a long time, associated with the decadence and superficiality of the "fête impériale". Against a background of social unrest, this prosperous era was a time of splendour and of economic euphoria, of ostentation and numerous lavish celebrations that are worth revisiting.
It was also a period of moral and aesthetic crisis, torn between the old cultural frameworks and the new practices, between increasingly excessive decoration and the quest for the real - conflicting currents that determined much of French artistic creation in the 1850s and 1860s.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary in autumn 2016, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different "stages" on which our modernity was invented. The exhibition’s thematic lay-out, with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewellery side by side, creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.

Musée d’Orsay Website

Contact: Musée d’Orsay
62, rue de Lille
75343 Paris Cedex 07
Tel: (33) 1 40 49 48 14

Persona, Strangely human
PARIS  •  Musée du quai Branly  •  26 January - 13 November 2016

Many objects have a status more similar to that of a person or a creature than that of a simple object. Works of art – Western or non-Western, popular or contemporary –, or high-tech products – robots, machines, etc. – are regularly endowed, in their use, with unexpected capacities for action, which render them almost people. Like a child devoted to its cuddly toy or someone who curses their computer or mobile accusing it of being incompetent or stubborn. Like the shaman who calls on the spirits through a statuette resembling the gods.

This transfer or confusion that exists between human and non-human, and the specific and personalised relationship that connects them, in a wide variety of cultures, is the vast subject of this anthropological exhibition. A foray into robotics, through the pioneering work of Masahiro Mori, will provide an insight into the role of anthropomorphism in diverse artefacts, and what unfolds when a robot with an all too human appearance - or any work of intimidating realism - comes under our gaze, unsettling the beholder.

Some of the works in this exhibition may be inappropriate for younger visitors.

Musée du quai Branly Website

Contact: Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 56 61 70 00

Rodrigo Braga
Rodrigo Braga
Rodrigo Braga: Inland Sea
PARIS  •  Palais de Tokyo  •  1 October - 18 December 2016

For his first solo exhibition in France, which opens as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, Rodrigo Braga (born in 1976 in Manaus, Brazil, lives in Rio de Janeiro) is occupying the ornamental pond on the esplanade between Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His monumental installation reveals tangible traces of the prehistoric sea that covered the French capital some 45 million years ago.

Invited to make use of the mineral landscape of the esplanade of Palais de Tokyo, Rodrigo Braga has created an enclaved sea, from which limestone rocks emerge. These sandy-coloured stones, with their familiar appearance, come from quarries used for the construction of a large number of buildings in Paris. Crisscrossed with concave and convex fossil markings, they bear witness to the teeming aquatic life that thrived in the basin of Paris, several million years ago.

“I work on the capacity of human beings to create systems that relate, modify or extract from nature, and thus I realize that, even when in contradiction with it, we are part of its changing cycle.”

Rodrigo Braga

Palais de Tokyo Website

Contact: Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 81 97 35 88

Events in Classical Music

Christian Zacharias, piano
PARIS  •  Théatre des Champs-Elysées  •  7 November 2016

Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann

Christian Zacharias,  piano

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

Jordi Savall : Ibn Battuta, de Damas en Chine
PARIS  •  Cité de la musique  •  4 November 2016

Ibn Battuta, de Damas en Chine

Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, vièle, rebab, direction
Bakary Sangaré, narrator
Lluis Vilamajó, tenor
Furio Zanasi, baritone
Edouard Prabhu, tablas
Lingling Yu, pipa
Dimitri Psonis, santur
Hamam Khairy, vocal
Waed Bouhassoun, oud, vvocal
Driss El Maloumi, oud
Osman Yurdal Tokcan, oud
Hakan Güngör, kanun
Moslem Rahal, ney
Pierre Hamon, flûte à bec
Xin Liu, zheng
Mohammas Daud Sadozai, sarod
Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian, duduk
Germain Randrianarisoa, valiha
Pedro Estevan, percussion
Guillermo Perez, organetto

Cité de la mu sique Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Cité de la musique
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 44 84 44 84

Ramon Lazkano / Matthias Pintscher
PARIS  •  Philharmonie de Paris  •  15 November 2016

Ramon Lazkano:
Errobi-2, for piano, bass flute, and bass clarinet
Egan-3, for ensemble
Egan-4, for ensemble
Izarren Hautsa, for ensemble, homage to Basque artist and poet Mikel Laboa

Matthias Pintscher:
sonic eclipse, for horn, trumpet and ensemble

Jean-Christophe Vervoitte, horn
Clément Saunier, trumpet
Ensemble intercontemporain
Matthias Pintscher, conductor

Philharmonie de Paris Website

Detailed schedule information:


Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris
221, av Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris

Tel: (33) 1 53 45 17 17

Wolfgang Rihm&nbsp; © Yan Proefrock
Wolfgang Rihm 
© Yan Proefrock
Wolfgang Rihm: Et Lux
PARIS  •  Eglise Saint-Eustache  •  9 November 2016

Wolfgang Rihm: Et Lux, 2015 version for eight voices and string quartet

Ensemble Huelgas and Minguet Quartet
Paul van Nevel, conductor

Produced by the Festival d’Automne à Paris

2016 Autumn Festival Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Eglise Saint-Eustache
place du Jour
75001 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 53 45 17 17

Maxence Pilchen, piano
PARIS  •  Salle Gaveau  •  9 November 2016

Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin

Maxence Pilchen, piano

Salle Gaveau Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Salle Gaveau
45-47 rue La Boétie
75008 Paris
Tel: (33)

Events in Dance

<EM>Danse de nuit</EM>Choreography: Boris Charmatz
Danse de nuit

Choreography: Boris Charmatz
Danse de nuit
PARIS  •  Musee du Louvre  •  19 - 23 October 2016

Danse de nuit

Choreography: Boris Charmatz
Lighting: Yves Godin
Sound devices: Perig Menez
Vocal work: Dalila Khatir
Costumes: Jean-Paul Lespagnard

Performed by

Ashley Chen, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Peggy Grelat-Dupont, Mani A. Mungai, Jolie Ngemi, Marlène Saldana & in alternance by Olga Dukhovnaya, Frank Willens


Musée du Louvre Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Musée du Louvre
164 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Puz/zle
PARIS  •  Cité de la musique  •  22 - 23 October 2016


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreography
Adam Carrée, lighting
Filip Peeters, sets
Paul Van Caudenberg, vidéo
A Filetta, Kazunari Abe, Fadia Tomb El-Hage,  live music
Eastman, dance company
Miharu Toriyama, costumes

Cité de la musique Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Cité de la musique
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 44 84 44 84

Events in Jazz

Watermelon Slim
Watermelon Slim
Watermelon Slim
PARIS  •  Sunset Jazz Club  •  21 October 2016
American blues musician Watermelon Slim

Sunset Jazz Club website

Detailed schedule information:


Sunset Jazz Club
60 rue des Lombards
75001 Paris

Tel: (33) 1 40 26 46 60

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

The Three Penny Opera
The Three Penny Opera
The Three Penny Opera
PARIS  •  Theatre des Champs Elysees  •  25 - 31 October 2016

The Threepenny Opera
In German with French subtitles

Music: Kurt Weill
Direction, set design, lighting: Robert Wilson
Musical direction, répétiteurs: Hans-Jörn Brandenburg & Stefan Rager
Costumes: Jacques Reynaud
Dramaturgy: Jutta Ferbers, Anika Bárdos
Lighting: Andreas Fuchs, Ulrich Eh


Claudia Burckhardt, Anke Engelsmann, Anna Graenzer, Johanna Griebel, Traute Hoess, Ursula Höpfner-Tabori, Karla Sengteller, Gabriele Völsch, Angela Winkler, Raphael Dwinger, Jürgen Holtz, Boris Jacoby, Michael Kinkel, Gerd Kunath, Christopher Nell, Uli Pleßmann, Luca Schaub, Marko Schmidt, Martin Schneider, Jörg Thieme, Georgios Tsivanoglou, Axel Werner, (voice Walter Schmidinger)

The Three Penny Orchestra:

Ulrich Bartel banjo, cello, guitar, hawaiian guitar, mandolin ; Michael Wilhelmi piano, harmonium, celesta ; Valentin Butt bandonéon ; Martin Klingeberg trumpet ; Stefan Rager glockenspiel, timbales, drums ; Jonas Schoen saxophones, bassoon ; Benjamin Weidekamp saxophones, clarinets, flutes ; Otwin Zipp trombone, double bass ; Jo Bauer sound & noise

Théatre des Champs-Elysées Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théatre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
70008 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 49 52 50 50

Dieudonné Niangouna:<EM>N’kenguegi </EM>
Dieudonné Niangouna:N’kenguegi
Theatre: Dieudonné Niangouna: N’kenguegi
PARIS  •  Théâtre Gérard Philipe, centre dramatique national de Saint - Denis  •  9 - 26 November 2016

Dieudonné Niangouna:N’kenguegi

N’kenguegi, the final part of a trilogy that began with Le Socle des Vertiges, followed by Shéda, is a further incursion into the writing of this author for whom “art is an escape from barbary”. Thanks to a form of language which places the real in the realms of the imaginary - language which is alive, exuberant, poetic, gushing with emotion and anger in equal measure - Dieudonné Niangouna does not set out to move, or convince. Nor is he interested in finding the happy medium or half-hearted consensus. With every ‘i’ he dots or ‘t’ he crosses, his biting, disturbing words assail us. He overturns the French language, and reconstructs it, making it all the more incisive, and aggressive. He reinvents it, in such a way that it voices the profound pain of all those that suffer the violence of a world turned upside-down. Far from inconsistent banter and sweeping judgements, Dieudonné Niangouna’s imperious writing is urgent and vital. Unafraid of contradictions or hesitations, its mixture of humour and derision transports us body and soul on a heart-rending journey. A journey which, before our very eyes, thousands of women, men and children undertake, day after day, in the all too often deadly waters of the Mediterranean. But this is also the journey which man accomplishes throughout his lifetime, a journey through dreams and nightmares which inflame the spirits.

Ten actors and three musicians inhabite the rich and vibrant world which Dieudonné Niangouna conjures up, leading us to diverse places, from one continent to the next. They are simultaneously actors of theatre in the theatre, emigrants thrust into mundane Parisian life, a “a lone guy on a little boat, abandoned, ”, “a voyager whose dream has been stolen”... Crossing through time and space, Dieudonné Niangouna’s vast, multi-angle fresque experiments with recorded images, puts the poetic spoken word on centre-stage, and leaves ample room for the sounds of Africa... All this in order to put, in an urgent way, a name to a state of the world, void of any form of complacency - driven, rather, by an “unstoppable will to live”.

2016 Autumn Festival Website


Théâtre Gérard Philipe, centre dramatique national de Saint - Denis
59, boulevard Jules Guesde
93207 Saint-Denis cedex

Tel: (33) 01 48 13 70 00

<P>Molière: <EM>Les Femmes Savantes</EM> </P> • <P>&nbsp;</P>

Molière: Les Femmes Savantes


Theatre: Les Femmes Savantes: By Molière
PARIS  •  Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin  •  23 September - 15 December 2016

Molière: Les Femmes Savantes

Catherine Hiegel: mise en scène

Décors: Goury
Costumes: Renato Blanchi
Lumières: Dominique Borrini
Créatrice maquillage, coiffure: Véronique Soulier-Nguyne

Avec Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Evelyne Buyle, Philippe Duquesne, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Catherine Ferran, Benjamin Jungers, Chloé Berthier, René Turquois, Baptiste Roussillon

Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin
18 boulevard Saint-Martin 
75010 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 42 08 00 32

Jafar Panahi: Films and Exhibition
PARIS  •  Centre Georges Pompidou  •  7 October - 13 November 2016
Filmmaker Jafar Panahi has become an international symbol of resistance since his conviction and banning by the Iranian courts in 2010. The creator of such hotly debated films as The Circle and Offside, most never shown in Iran, he has managed to get round the ban on his filming so as to be able to continue to work (Taxi). As part of the Paris Autumn Festival, the Centre is presenting a complete retrospective of his films, and showing his photographic work Nuages (Clouds) for the first time in France.

Centre Georges Pompidou Website

Contact: Centre Georges Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris, France

Tel: (33) 1 44 78 12 33

Sylvain Creuzevault: <EM>Angelus Novus, AntiFaust</EM>
Sylvain Creuzevault: Angelus Novus, AntiFaust
Theatre: Angelus Novus: By Sylvain Creuzevault
PARIS  •  La Colline – théâtre national  •  2 November - 4 December 2016

Sylvain Creuzevault: Angelus Novus, AntiFaust
in French

Directed by Sylvain Creuzevault

With Christian Benedetti, Antoine Cegarra, Éric Charon, Pierre Devérines, Evelyne Didi, Lionel Dray, Servane Ducorps, Michèle Goddet, Arthur Igual, Frédéric Noaille, Amandine Pudlo, Alyzée Soudet

Musical creation, Pierre-Yves Macé
Stage and sound manager, Michaël Schaller
Stage design, Jean-Baptiste Bellon
Lighting, Nathalie Perrier
Lighting and video operator, Gaëtan Veber
Masks, Loïc Nébréda
Costume design, Gwendoline Bouget
Paint work, Camille Courier de Méré
Production and distribution, Élodie Régibier

Faust is born from a feudal organization of society in a human being, and bearer of encyclopedia-like knowledge, encompassing theology, philosophy, law, medicine, botany and astronomy, to name but a few. The illusory myth of universal knowledge steers the main character towards melancholy, and he deals with the devil in an effort to drive away his dark thoughts.

But what becomes of the myth of Faust in a society given over to the production of merchandise, and its sophisticated notions of social division through labour? Market value is such that knowledge means power, and solitude. It is the no.1 commodity, way ahead of guns and weapons.Is it possible, here and now, to discover a new territory, or construct a place, a common ground, in which the use of an area of knowledge does not end up in bitterness and corruption. In writing this piece, our aim will be to try to find a “yes” answer... though everything points to a resounding no. According to the myth, the Pact enables Faust to become everything that he is not. We have turned this around, because, conversely, in today’s world this Faustian source of wealth is like an order for us to remain what we are. “Become yourself” is not only a recruitment slogan for the French Army, it is also the means of subordination. “Keep yourself to YOURSELF” has become the all-too rational motto for governments and their peoples.What we are lacking in is demons, these “others-of-us”. Their absence is palpable. The times we live in are void of them. Everywhere we look are Idols, and their war of toothy grins. From out of their midst comes the unbearable silence of the Demons. Our own demon is not Mephistopheles, we have given him the name of Baal, Lord of the Flies. Our task is to write a Faust which works against its own myth, an AntiFaust. And then give the work’s title to its own demon, an Angelus Novus. It is a tribute to our most unwanted evening visitor, a tenant of ours very who does not even pay his rent, and who tells us “I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”

Sylvain Creuzevault

La Colline – théâtre national Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: La Colline – théâtre national
15, rue Malte-Brun
75020 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 53 45 17 17

El Conde de Torrefiel: La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje
El Conde de Torrefiel: La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje
Theatre: El Conde de Torrefiel : La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje
PARIS  •  Centre Georges Pompidou  •  3 - 5 November 2016

El Conde de Torrefiel: La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje

Since 2010, El Conde de Torrefiel has been stirring up audiences across the Iberian peninsula with their abrasive shows orchestrated by the company’s co-founders, Pablo Gisbert and Tanya Beyeler. Adept in the art of creating hybrid genres and the representation of the real via different forms - theatre, dance, music, video and narration -, the work of El Conde de Torrefiel enters into a new, perhaps abstract, phase with La possibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje. In this latest work, it is as though the images, bodies and text are not in dialogue with each other, yet their eventual confrontation is all too meaningful. The show take us on a tour of Europe via ten cities, chosen in terms of the images they are likely to conjure up in the imagination: Madrid, Berlin, Marseilles, Lisbon, Kiev, Brussels, Thessaloniki, Warsaw, Lanzarote and Florence. These ten landscapes are inhabited by four performers and an off-stage voice, multiplying the different points of view on today’s Europe and the history it carries with it. The piece traces a horizontal line between map and territory, revealing the barbarism buried deep beneath the beauty and calm of what the naked eye sees - or put differently, our extreme passivity, occulted by the vain pursuits of our everyday lives. Whether they are attributed to anonymous individuals or famous intellectuals and artists, viewed as “cultural fetishes” (Michel Houllebecq, Paul B. Preciado, Spencer Tunick, and Zygmunt Baumant among others), the words that we read or hear invite us to question our own way of looking at things.

Centre Georges Pompidou Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
Tel: (33) 1 53 45 17 17

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