44th Fesitval d’Automne opened in Paris (Sept. 9 – Dec. 31, 2015)
This large-scale comprehensive contemporary arts festival has been held in Paris every year since 1972. The Festival presents a wide range of works from fine art, theater, dance, music film and more, based on the five objectives of commissioning artists to create original works, tie-ups with overseas performing arts professional, presenting and promoting works of an experimental nature that question the status quo, discovering new talent in France and encouraging the preservations of artistic traditions in the non-Western world.
This year’s program included features on Romeo Castellucci in theater, and Luigi Nono and Unsuk Chin in music. Also, a Korean feature program includes works by choreographer Ahn Sook-sun, known as the Pina Bausch of South Korea with her works combining Korean shamanism and Western theory. This time her works are performed along with traditional pansori folk arts performance.
From Japan, Toshiki Okada participates with his work Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich.
The Festival d’Automne à Paris is festival of contemporary arts is held each year in Paris from September to December since 1972. It was established by Michel Guy, who later became France’s Minister of Culture, with the aim of breathing new life into the performing arts world. The first festival’s program featured invited works by the Romanian composer Iannis Xenakis, the American choreographer Merce Cunningham and the American theater director Robert Wilson. The festival is a non-profit organization and operates with the backing and support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris, plus donations by friends and sponsors. As an urban festival having no theater facility of its own, it operated though tie-ups with various theaters around the city, proving programs that fit each theater's distinct audience to ensure the mutual benefit of the festival and the theaters. In addition to inviting works for French premieres and commissioning new works, the Festival works in collaboration with arts organizations in Europe and North America to present works that stand as references, involving approaches of an experimental nature and seeks to nurture new talent. Inviting important works from non-European parts of the world is another pillar of the Festival's program. Following Michel Guy (1972-90), Alain Crombecque became the Director of the Festival (1992-2009), and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, artistic director of the Paris Théâtre de la Ville, became the director in charge of programming from 2012.
- Festival d’Automne