About French Waves
No other name is more fitting than "French Waves" for the extraordinary upcoming season of French culture in Australia in 2020. French culture in Australia, you say? There is so much more to be said. In French Waves, talent circulates vividly between not only two countries, but two countries who are friends, and beyond to the rest of the world. Caught up in the turbulent waters of this century, contemporary creation is an energy force that pushes borders and shakes up common practices. Combining poetry, video, music and sculpture, multidisciplinary artists Laure Prouvost, Tarek Lakhrissi, Mohamed Bourouissa, Tarek Atoui and Joel Andrianomessoa have been invited by Brook Andrew to the much-anticipated 21st Sydney Biennale. Camille Henrot, Clément Cogitore, Jean-Luc Mouléne, Paul Rousteau and Thu Van Tran complete this avant-garde contemporary art circle with fascinating exhibitions and residencies.
Following four years of exchange with Paris’ Pompidou Centre, the exhibition "Matisse: Life and Spirit" is finally making its way to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, while Melburnians can indulge in the works of another incomparable artist, Pierre Bonnard, at the National Gallery of Victoria.
This season, the most exciting waves of both contemporary and classical French music will also shine. This year, the very first co-production between the Adelaide Festival and the Festival d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence will take the stage - the surprisingly lively and decidedly contemporary Mozart Requiem by Roméo Castellucci. What’s more, Les Arts Florissants will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in Australia, while the finest contemporary music will be on show at the well-established So Frenchy So Chic festival in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Tradition and contemporaneity will join hands in celebration for the grand arrival of the Paris Opera Ballet in Brisbane and the Lyon Opera Ballet in Adelaide.
Two movements in contemporary staging will be brought to Australian audiences: Olivier Py’s poetically political work with his two productions for Opera Australia (Lohengrin and La Juive) and the successful family saga by Franco-Vietnamese Caroline Nguyen (Saigon, finally in Melbourne).
As for the past 31 years, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will be celebrating our 2020 edition with an open, worldly view and strong social engagement, to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Now more than ever, reflection and stepping back to appreciate our world anew should underlie all cultural programming. This is why this 2020 season will play host to the first Night of Ideas in Australia at the Sydney Opera House and then in Byron Bay. Philosophers, writers, activists, artists, scientists and performers from France and Australia, along with the public, will discuss the fascinating, sometimes disturbing and ever stimulating experience of being alive.
Welcome to 2020.
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