French Waves Online

The Embassy transfers its cultural season French Waves online to offer you a varied cultural offer, free of charge and accessible from your home!
Discover below this fabulous selection and keep all your senses awake.

Week from 2nd to 5th june 2020

OPERA - Boris Godouno” - Ivo Van Hove - Opéra national de Paris

In 1824, when Pushkin turned to Boris Godunov for his first historical drama, he knew only too well what a colossus he was tackling. It was armed with his reading of Shakespeare that he matched his skills to the dazzling reign of the Tzar of Russia (1598-1605). Indeed, there are elements of Macbeth in this political fable, in which the ghost of the child that Boris has had killed in order to seize the throne appears as an impostor. Adapting this epic poem, Mussorgsky composed a meditation on the solitude of power, a populist drama in which the real protagonist is the Russian people with its burden of eternal suffering. Pushkin had already wondered, “What is a soul? A melody, perhaps…” Ivo Van Hove is no stranger to grand political frescos having already staged Tragédies Romaines and Kings of War based on plays by Shakespeare.
This is his first production for the Paris Opera.

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©Agathe Poupeney

MUSIC - Renaud Capuçon and his friends play Richard Strauss

Renaud Capuçon gathers talented French musicians of all generations around Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen.

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THEATRE – "King Lear" - Théâtre de l’Odéon - Michel Piccoli

It took director André Engel 10 years to convince Michel Picolli to play Lear, and the actor finally accepted: "I was past the age of coquetry" (À Voix nue, id.). The premiere will take place at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, at the Ateliers Berthier, in January 2006. "In the voice of Michel Piccoli, there is the muffled crunching of snow, the infinite softness and the lightning of a thundering Jupiter when he gets angry," wrote Armelle Héliot in Le Figaro.
He will be rewarded twice, in 2006 and 2007, with the Molière du comédien for this King Lear.

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Photo libre de droits Marc Vanappelghem - service de presse Odéon

DANCE - "La jeune fille et la mort" - Thomas Lebrun - Théâtre national de Chaillot Paris

"La jeune fille et la mort", for seven interpreters and a quartet live, is another step in Thomas Lebrun’s career. The ultimate romantic lied (Der Tod und das Mädchen), which gave its name to the show, is a clever mix of candour and dark visions drawing its origins from Greek mythology: the rape of Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter, by the god of the Underworld, in other words Death. Beyond this, the myth narrates the cycle of the seasons and was a source of inspiration for artists at all times. Thomas Lebrun explains: “While preserving the distance that history has had to face with the lyricism of the time and while finding the place in what contemporary choreographic art produces, I would like to scour today’s romanticism with an eclectic team of artists”.

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©Frédéric Iovino

CIRCUS - "Parade" - Théâtre du Châtelet

Opening show in September 2019 after renovation works that lasted two and a half years, Parade was an hommage to the famous 1917 show by Cocteau, Satie, Picasso et Massine.
There was a bear, Eric Satie’s crazy world, the Ensemble intercontemporain, circus arts, ukrainian rockers…

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Week from 18th to 24th may 2020

DANCE - « A mon seul désir » - Gaëlle Bourges, performance inspired after « The Lady and the Unicorn »

Presented at the Festival d’Avignon in 2015, this surprising performance was created by choreographer Gaëlle Bourges after the tapestries The Lady and the Unicorn (exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2018 thanks to a generous loan by the Musée de Cluny). Under their masks, shaped like the animals depicted on The Lady and the Unicorn, four dancers re-weave on the stage the six famous tapestries. Weave and unweave, since Gaëlle Bourges isn’t content with simply calling on the most well-known side of this medieval work. Giving her show the title of the sixth tapestry, she sums up the distinctive ambivalence of the time and reveals the numerous interpretations intertwined in it.

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©Thomas Greil

OPERA - Le Comte Ory - Rossini - stage direction Laurent Pelly - Opera de Lyon

After a Lady with Unicorn revisited, we remain in the Middle Ages with Le Comte Ory, a medieval farce written by Eugène Scribe and composed by Giacchino Rossini with the lively rhythm of a vaudeville by Feydeau and the delicacy of courtly images. From fake hermits to fake pilgrims, Count Ory multiplies his tricks to seduce the beautiful Countess Adèle, who is determined not to give in to him but who takes an attentive look at her young squire Isolier. The famous director Laurent Pelly has accustomed us to intelligent laughter and applies it to an extraordinary opera. But what does it matter since the Gauloiserie is dressed in the clothes of another work: Le Voyage à Reims. To invigorate this lyrical pied-de-nez, he can rely on the real dynamitero of the orchestra that Stefano Montanari is for the Opera de Lyon.

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©Fabrice Malkani

VISUAL ART / MUSEUMS - Virtual exhibition « Fashion at Versailles » - Château de Versailles

Versailles fashion still inspires great designers today. It was in the 1780s, during Louis XVI’s reign, that trends in women’s and men’s fashion began to emerge. The two virtual exhibitions suggest to decipher these codes which have emerged around the iconic figure of Marie-Antoinette.

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Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793) (1788)
by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun
Palace of Versailles

MUSIC – Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang plays Franck’s Sonate at the Philharmonie de Paris

For several years now, Yuja Wang and Gautier Capuçon have been performing together. Two of the most flamboyant stars on the international scene, whose combined talents create sparks and animate their performances with intense life. The fiery French cellist and the charismatic Chinese pianist were destined to perform together. Gautier Capuçon is a true ambassador of the French cello school. What a long way he has come since 2001 and his "Victoire de la musique" as "New talent of the year": not a prestigious stage, not a renowned orchestra that has not welcomed the musician. As for Yuja Wang, his extraordinary talent, his remarkable virtuosity and his presence on stage make him one of the sure values of our time. Together, they play Franck’s tumultuous Sonata at the Philharmonie de Paris.

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©Catherine Pluchart
©Norbert Kniat

MUSIC - Jane Birkin - Symphony Concert

A tribute to her late husband and collaborator, Serge Gainsbourg, the show offers up symphonic versions of classic Gainsbourg songs arranged by Nobuyuki Nakajima, ranging from his early career in the 1950s to those written especially for Birkin

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CINEMA - Watch French movies at home with SBS On Demand

We are beginning this mysterious weekend in Paris under a toxic fog obliging Romain Duris to wear a mask to survive. "Just A Breath Away" has a particular significance today. The very good "School’s Out" by Sébastien Marnier opposes a very fit Laurent Lafitte (guest AF FFF 2018) against some hostile and over-skilled high-school students. In another equally worrying movie, Harry is preparing some dangerous plans combining good nature and humour. This is the unforgettable "Harry He’s Here To Help" by Dominik Moll (while awaiting the forthcoming return of "Only The Animals" at the AF FFF 2020). We will conclude with the super cult "Holy Motors" by Léo Carax, to watch again and again, with the extraordinary Denis Lavant (and a moving meeting with Kylie Minogue). This movie is also a tribute to the great Michel Piccoli who passed away on the 12th of May 2020.
You can find them all easily by adding their ID number to the end of the following URL: 🍿

ID number: /1591615555578
Michel and Claire are a low-income, educated couple who - with three demanding daughters in the back seat - are on their way to their holiday home, an old house which requires so much work that it consumes their entire vacation. On their way, in the bathroom of a gas station, Michel is approached by Harry, a school acquaintance he can’t remember, who then proceeds to invade Michel’s life, twisting him every which way like a successful puppeteer.

ID number: /1614576707780
A high school teacher throws himself from the classroom window before the terrified eyes of his students. Despite the tragedy, six of them remain oddly cool and unemotional. Pierre, the new substitute teacher, notices the hostile behaviour of this close-knit clique. Smart and precocious, the six teenagers seem to be preparing a mysterious plan after school. Pierre becomes obsessed with them and is quickly sucked into their sinister game. His life soon turns into a nightmare.

ID number: /1544706627506
When Paris is submerged in a strange mortal fog, survivors take refuge on the city’s upper floors and rooftops. Without news, electricity, water or food, one small family struggles to survive the catastrophe. But as the hours pass, they are forced to face reality - rescue teams aren’t coming. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out into the fog.

ID number: /478377539813
Leo Carax’ mesmerising film follows a day in the life of a man who drives around Paris in a limousine, stopping around the city disguised as a series of different characters. A love letter to the world of cinema, with enough twists and turns to stay in your head for days afterwards.

Week from 11th to 17th May 2020

THEATRE - Les Fausses Confidences - Marivaux with Isabelle Huppert and Louis Garel

Les Fausses Confidences, or several dreams in one... Director Luc Bondy dreamed a lot. Inhabited by cinema, he was thinking of a new film and aspired to work with Isabelle Huppert. Their complicity in the theatre soon inspired him to realize one more dream.
The result was: cinema at the height of the theatre. Luc Bondy will have succeeded in his last gamble. His film completely reinvents the turmoil and emotions of his theatrical staging, with that lightness that belongs only to dreams.

Shot at the Odéon theatre and in the Luxembourg Gardens in the spring of 2015, the film was released in 2016, after Luc Bondy’s death.

With Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel, Bulle Ogier, Yves Jacques, Manon Combes, Bernard Verley, Jean Pierre Malo, Fred Ulysse, Sylvain Levitte, Georges Fatna, Arnaud Mattlinger, Nicolas Peduzzi, Christophe Tolazzi.

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Jean-Pierre Malo, Isabelle Huppert, Bulle Ogier © Pascal Victor

DANCE - Xavier Le Roy - Kaldor Public Art Projects

Kaldor Public Art Projects in collaboration with Carriageworks presents French choreographer and artist Xavier Le Roy.
This three-part project saw Le Roy work with artistic collaborator Scarlet Yu, and 18 Australian performers to create a groundbreaking new work Temporary Title, 2015. For the first time the public were invited to experience the creative development of a Kaldor Public Art Project through a series of open rehearsals. In addition, Le Roy performed his seminal solo work Self Unfinished (1998) for the first time in Australia.

Making Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects was an exhibition created by artist Michael Landy, featuring new commissions by artists Alicia Frankovich, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Ian Milliss and Imants Tillers. 7 September 2019 – 16 February 2020, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.

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©Zan Wimberley

MUSIC/ VISUAL ART - "Personne n’est à la place de personne" a movie with the singer Christophe by Dominique Gonzalez-Foester, Ange Leccia

In 2009, Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster signed "Personne n’est à la place de personne". A film with "Christophe", which documents the singer’s career in greater detail, including a visit to the Palais de Tokyo, preparations for the Olympia at the Coopérative de Mai (Clermont-Ferrand) and a duet with Bashung at the Maison de la Culture in Grenoble in 2004. The precision "with Christophe" is not redundant: this is not a film "about" another artist, but the fusion between three ultra-sensitive creators who share and multiply the same love for all forms of beauty, from the most natural to the most sophisticated, but starting with those offered by popular culture - song, cinema, and its ancestor, music hall.

Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster had never shown this film before, and the Cinémathèque Française is showing it as a tribute to the singer for the first time.

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©Cédric Perrin/Bestimage

OPERA – Miranda - Purcell - Raphaël Pichon, Katie Mitchell

In a small town in England, a family gathers at Miranda’s funeral. For her children and her husband, the fabric of time has been torn apart. And yet past and present merge when they evoke the woman she once was. A wave of emotions and memories overwhelms their daily lives.

After a first collaboration on Bach cantatas, Katie Mitchell and Raphaël Pichon continue their exploration of the baroque repertoire with the collaboration of librettist Cordelia Lynn, in a resolutely dynamic and contemporary perspective.
Anchored in the British realities of today, Miranda updates Purcell’s work, particularly the pages of a timeless sensitivity inspired by performance, or the ordeal of death - a common experience par excellence.
From his sacred production to his instrumental pieces, including his scores for London theatres at the end of the 17th century, Purcell inspires this performance, conceived as a new opera, but above all as a common space for meditation and consolation.

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©Pierre Grosbois

MUSIC - "Melancholia. Les dissonances" - David Grimal - Schubert/Berio, Bruckner - Philharmonie de Paris

The Austrian musical identity, partly reconstructed by Luciano Berio: David Grimal and the Dissonances’ programme proves to be unsuspected for its richness.

Rather than complete a symphony that Schubert left in the works at the end of his life, Berio decided to propose a "restoration", as if it were a fresco, and to "revive old colours without masking the damage of time". Bruckner’s last symphony, also unfinished at his death (1896), is interrupted in the finale, which several composers have completed.

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©Benoit Linero

DANSE - "Body and Soul", Crystal Pite - Paris Opera Ballet

After the unanimously acclaimed premiere of The Seasons’ Canon in 2016, Crystal Pite is reuniting with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet for a series of sixty‑minute performances divided up into as many choreographed sequences. Born in Canada and trained at the Frankfurt Ballet, the choreographer is steeped in the language of Forsythe, Kylián and Mats Ek. Infusing each of her choreographies with an exuberantly communicative emotional charge, she calls on her dancers to move beyond their limits. Her impassioned dance possesses an attention to detail that propels its performers into the frenetic cadenza of total performance.

Staging, choreography: Crystal Pite
Original music: Owen Belton
Musique additionnelle : Frédéric Chopin 24 Préludes / Teddy Geiger Body and Soul

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©Julien Benhamou/OnP

CINEMA - Watch French movies at home with SBS On Demand

"Vincent Cassel, the hero of our 2020 Film Festival’s opening film “The Extraordinary”, has played a number of ‘bad boy’ roles (“to impress the girls”, he says) since his beginnings in "La Haine”. This week, we’re bringing you a vigorous weekend with Mr Cassel. The ultimate French gangster movie “Mesrine” was his ‘Raging Bull’, for which Vincent put on 20kg, and was a turning-point in his career. The narcissistic perverted lover in “Mon Roi” brings some more complexity to his portrayals, whereas “L’Empereur de Paris” throws Vincent into a French-made super production set in old times."
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ID number: /633924675599 & /633924675600
The story of legendary French gangster Jacques Mesrine, who was active in the 1960s and 1970s and came to be known as French Public Enemy Number 1. Infamous for his bravado and daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned France, Canada and the USA. (Part 1 & 2).

ID number: /1639210563724
Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation centre after a serious skiing accident. Dependent on medical staff and painkillers, she takes the time to remember the tumultuous love story she lived with Georgio. How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive relationship? A difficult process of healing is in front of her which may finally set her free.

ID number: /1560775235993
Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq is a notorious figure in the Parisian underworld - he is the only man to have escaped the country’s terrifying penal colonies. After being falsely accused of murder, Vidocq makes a deal with the head of the police: in exchange for his freedom, Vidocq will help the police fight the criminal classes.

©2013 Dave J Hogan

From 4th to 10th May 2020

EXPOSITION / VISUAL ART- « Pompei » at Grand Palais

Preview several online contents around the exhibition Pompeii. The inauguration was originally scheduled for Wednesday 25 March 2020, but the opening has been postponed due to the health crisis, so the Grand Palais is now offering the opportunity to discover the exhibition from the comfort of your own home!

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Pompei ©Gedeon

CLASSIC MUSIC - Concert MusicAeterna directed by Teodor Currentzis at Sainte Chapelle of Paris

The Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis is one of the most beautiful classical revelations of recent years. In the unreal setting of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, Teodor Currentzis invites us to an exceptional concert. To sublimate a programme featuring Western and Byzantine works, the conductor came accompanied by the MusicAeterna and ByzantiAeterna ensembles: in all, two soloists, fifty-six choir singers and five musicians.

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OPERA - « Rake’s progress » by Igor Stravinsky, directed by Simon McBurney, Art Lyrique Festival of Aix-en-Provence 2017

After settling in the United States after World War II, Igor Stravinsky discovered the series of paintings known as A Rake’s Progress by the English painter, William Hogarth. The paintings retrace the dissolute life of a libertine in eighteenth century England in powerfully realistic, satirical detail. Stravinsky decided to turn it into an opera. The libretto by Auden and Kallman embellishes the story narrated by Hogarth by adding the Mephistophelian figure of Nick Shadow, the damned soul of the reprobate Tom Rakewell. Following a journey that takes him from the brothel to the auction house, the libertine finally ends up in the madhouse. Stravinsky adopts the codes of eighteenth-century opera to score this enlightenment-era narrative. But the musical language, while evoking the memory of Mozart, also tips a nod to Rossini, Verdi and Handel, whose aesthetic he “unfolds” in a musical cubism that has lost none of its acerbity. The major contemporary playwright Simon McBurney repaints this “rake’s progress”, while Eivind Gullberg Jensen strips back the multiple layers that Stravinsky has stacked up in his score, somewhere between amused distance and genuine emotion.

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©Pascal Victor

MUSIC – Nouvelle Vague Concert

New Wave, Bossa Nova, Nouvelle Vague - trois termes qui ont finalement le même sens: il s’agit toujours d’une nouvelle vague, d’un contre-mouvement stylistique, qui devait finalement déborder, trouver d’innombrables adeptes et définir toute une époque.
New Wave, Bossa Nova et Nouvelle Vague sont trois passions qui unissent Marc Collin et Olivier Libaux et qu’ils fusionnent en une seule dans leur projet musical éponyme, Nouvelle Vague, depuis dix-sept ans. Avec leur "15 Years Anniversary Tour" Nouvelle Vague célèbre avec leurs fans du monde entier. Pour "Berlin Live", ils jouent un concert exclusif dans le club Schwutz de Berlin, peu de temps après leur passage en Australie pour So Frenchy So Chic.

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VISUAL ART / DANCE - « Daytime Movements » by Aernout Mik and Boris Charmatz - Théâtre des Amandiers de Nanterre

A dance film? A filmed dance? Or phantom choreography seeking, in the very nature of movement, the confused matter of its imagination?
In 2016, Boris Charmatz created danse de nuit, night dance, a nocturnal performance for urban space, the choreographic material for which fills the film Daytime Movements. The film installation, created by the artist Aernout Mik in collaboration with the choreographer Boris Charmatz, places us at the limits: in this “daytime dance,” where the disorder of bodies blends with the everyday surroundings, every gesture conceals or reveals other uncanny signs.

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©Musée de la Danse

CINEMA - “Ismael’s Ghosts” by Arnaud Desplechin - AFFFF 2018

The film tells the tale of a widowed film director who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia, he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta, who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away. One of the hits of AFFFF 2018.

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To discover the masterclass of Arnaud Desplechin, click here


From 22nd to 29th April 2020

VISUAL ART - Matisse and Picasso

NGA’s "Matisse & Picasso" is the first exhibition in Australia to tell the story of the artistic relationship between two of Europe’s greatest twentieth-century artists.
This exhibition brought together 60 masterpieces from collections across the world, and from the Musée Picasso Paris in particular. The President of the Museum, Laurent Le Bon, delivers a short introduction in the exhibition’s webpage.

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You can learn more about the relationship between the two maestros in an interview given by the curators of the MOMA in 2003, in the framework of the first exhibition about Matisse and Picasso which was shown in Paris (Grand Palais), London (Tate) and New York (MOMA) - In english (without subtitles).

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For those who are eager to also learn about the Parisian avant-guarde and the Steins, you can listen to a talk given at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2012, in the framework of the "Stein collection" exhibition co-organised by the Grand Palais, the Tate and the Met - In english (without subtitles).

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L-R- Pablo Picasso’s La Lecture, 1932; Henri Matisse’s Nature mortre aux oranges, 1912. Picasso/Copyright Agency; H. Matisse/Copyright Agency

OPERA - Carmen, Opera de Lyon 2012, stage direction Olivier Py

A masterpiece of 19th century French opera, Carmen by Georges Bizet has enjoyed universal success since its difficult and eventful creation at the Opéra-Comique. Olivier Py stages it in Lyon in 2012. Olivier Py, the protean creator: director, actor, writer, singer, director, current director of the Festival d’Avignon; Far from the postcard espagnolades, Olivier Py, and his inseparable scenographer Pierre-André Weitz, showed in the theater the tragic force of the work, and of its characters - between smoke, reveries and passions.

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MUSIC - 40th anniversary of les Arts Florissants

The 40th anniversary of the Baroque ensemble "Les Arts Florissants", was to bring them to Adelaide and Melbourne in 2020 with the "Jardin des voix". Let’s celebrate this company renowned world-over with this extraordinary concert at the Philharmonie de Paris. Founded in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants reinvented the performance of baroque music. With an exceptional casting, this concert reflects on the pioneering work of William Christie and his partners.

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©Geoff Brown/The Times

DANCE/CIRCUS – Möbius by Rachid Ouramdane

Discover the stunning creation “Möbius", a poetic circus choreography by the 19 acrobats of the XY collective accompanied by Rachid Ouramdane, presented in Lyon. The XY collective, made up of virtuoso acrobats, already stood out at the 2014 Dance Biennale with "It’s not midnight yet". In this original creation in collaboration with the choreographer Rachid Ouramdane, the acrobatic movement, the music and the light interact in the air space. Acrobatic language, metamorphoses of body movement evoke flocks of birds floating gracefully and dazzling in the sky.

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©Christophe Raynaud de Lage

MUSIC - Clara Luciani at the Olympia

""Clara’s voice is like a warm blanket, or melted chocolate: It’s soothing and gentle and when she hits the (very impressive) low notes, you can almost feel it vibrating in your bones. She combines elements of classic rock, with electronic beats and an almost ’70s funk. Her music is at the same time very danceable, and excellent background music to a highly fashionable party" - Scenestr.
Clara Luciani was one of the guest artists at SFSC 2019 in Australia. Revive the cool with her Olympia concert in 2019!

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LITERATURE - David Foenkinos at the Adelaide Writers Week 2018 about his book "Charlotte"

"David Foenkinos is a star writer and scriptwriter whose novels in English include Delicacy, and the Prix Renaudot winning Charlotte. Charlotte is a heartbreaking account of the life of German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, who was killed at 26 while pregnant at Auschwitz, leaving behind over 700 paintings produced as an autobiography. Foenkinos’s novel comes from her work and his own obsession." - Chair Caroline Beck.

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CINEMA - Lola and her Brothers

Lola has two brothers: Benoit, who is getting married for the third time, and Pierre, who shows up late for the wedding. Excuses, reproaches, arguments, misunderstandings... beneath it all, they’re just doing their best to live their own lives. Benoit is about to become a father, but he’s not ready yet. Lola meets Zoher while she’s still going through her divorce. Pierre’s professional problems take a turn for the worse. Though everything in their lives seems to be pulling them apart, the three of them stick together - an inseparable trio. Watch this comedy written by David Foenkinos before to have the opportunity to discover his other movie "The Mystery Henri Pick" at the AFFFF 2020.

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©TF1 Droits Audiovisuels

From 15th to 22nd of April 2020

VISUAL ART - Clément Cogitore exposed at Dominik Mersch Gallery of Sydney

Virtual visit of the Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney which welcomes for the first time in Australia a selection of works by internationally renowned artist and filmmaker Clement Cogitore. He combines film, video, installations and photographs to question the way in which society coexists with its own images and representations.

To access to the virtual tour, click here


©2020, Opéra de Paris

OPERA - Les Indes Galantes by Clément Cogitore - Opéra de Paris

In 2017, Clément Cogitore directs an explosive and critically acclaimed film adaptation of an excerpt from Les Indes galantes in collaboration with the Krump dancers. This time, with choreographer Bintou Dembélé, he takes over Rameau’s box of delights in its entirety to situate it once again in an urban and political space whose boundaries he explores.

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©Opéra de Paris

MUSIC - European Concert at the Musée d’Orsay by the Berliner Philharmoniker

This concert at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris is a powerful symbol of Franco-German friendship. Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, conducts works by Wagner, Berlioz and Debussy, highlighting the diverse cultural interconnections between the two nations. Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel performs again as soloist with the Philharmonic for the first time in 18 years.

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©Berliner Philharmoniker

DANCE - « Les grands fantômes » de Yoann Bourgeois et Louise Narboni

Discover the breathtaking choreography of Yoann Bourgeois at the Panthéon de Paris
Each year, the National Monuments Centre invites choreographers to create within historic monuments. Here, acrobat and dancer Yoann Bourgeois makes himself at home at the Pantheon.
The choreographer imagines a living exhibition at the Panthéon in Paris. The dancer-acrobat sets up trampolines and turntables while echoing Foucault’s clock at the Pantheon and plays with balance and gravity.

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©Geraldine Aresteanu

LITERATURE - Podcast Sydney Writers Festival 2016 : Marie Darrieussecq

Marie Darrieussecq is an accomplished French writer, translator and psychoanalyst. In 2013, she was awarded the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix for her novel "Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes". In this podcast broadcast in English, Marie Darrieussecp talks about France, women and Charlie Hebdo.

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©Olivier Gachen

CINEMA - Let the sunshine in – Claire Denis/Juliette Binoche (AFFFF 2018)

While we’re waiting to see Juliette Binoche in Martin Provost’s "How to be a good wife" at the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2020, watch "Let the sunshine in" again. (AFFFF 2018), the first romantic comedy by Claire Denis, then continued with two masterclasses in English (in New York) by Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche.

To view the masterclasses:
Juliette Binoche’s Masterclass, click here Claire Denis’s Masterclass, click here
To note: The movie is available for free on SBS on demand


OPERA - Festival d’Aix en Provence 2019 : Tosca directed by Christophe Honoré

First programmed at the Festival d’Aix, Puccini’s masterpiece was directed by Christophe Honoré ("Sorry Angel" AFFFF 2019, "Salle 212" AFFFF 2020) as a melancholy reminder of the fascinating theatrical stage creature and sound that is this diva, this woman who lives "of art and love" and over whom time and death have no control.

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©Jean Louis Fernandez

Dernière modification : 02/06/2020

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