45th Le Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival) (Sept. 7 – Dec. 31, 2016)
This comprehensive arts festival is held each autumn in Paris. In its 45th holding this time, artists from not only France but also countries including Brazil, the Congo, Lebanon, Poland, Spain, Syria the United States, as well as Japan will participate. The performances will be held over the four months in Paris and the surrounding areas at a total of 45 venues, including theaters, dance centers, art museums, galleries, universities and churches.
For each year’s festival, feature artists are chosen in each genre, and this year for the theater genre the selected artist is Poland’s remarkable director Krystian Lupa, while from the dance world the feature is on the great master choreographer of American post-modern dance, Lucinda Childs, and from the music world the feature artist is the Basque-Spaniard composer Ramon Lazkano. Lupa, who has appeared in the festival periodically since first being invited in 1998, this time presents theater adaptations of three works of Austrian author Thomas Bernhard. The three works are Woodcutters (which will also have its Japan premiere in late October at Festival/Tokyo), Wittgenstein’s Nephew (a translation of Ritter, Dene, Voss) and Heroes’ Square, which premiered at the National Theatre of Lithuania in Vilnius in 2015.
Works by Lucinda Childs to be performed are Early Works, which was created and premiered at Judson Church in the 1960s, Child’s historical masterpiece Dance that premiered in 1979, Available Light, a work created in 1983 with art by Frank Gehry and music by John Adams, and Three Grand Fugues, created in 2001 on commission from the Maguy Marin Company with choreography by three artists (Maguy, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Lucinda Childs).
From Japan, four directors will present their works: Kuro Tanino with Avidya – Ignorance Inn, Toshiki Okada with Time’s Journey Through a Room, Yudai Kamisato with +51 Aviación, San Borja and Oriza Hirata with Citizens of Seoul 1919.
This comprehensive arts festival is held each autumn in Paris. About a decade after the launch of former long-standing festivals including Festival Sigma of Bordeaux (1965) and the Nancy International Festival, this festival was established in 1972 by Michel Guy, who later became France’s Minister of Culture. When Guy passed away in 1990, Alain Crombecque assumed leadership of the festival. From 2011, Paris Metropolitan Theatre director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota became the festival’s director.
The managing organization is a non-profit organization that receives funding from the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, the City of Paris, the Ile-de-France administrative region and donations from corporations, individuals and its Friends Organization. The five main focuses of the festival are commissioning artists for new works, tie-ups with foreign organizations, presentation of experimental works, seeking out talented new artists in France, and introducing important works from outside the European cultural sphere. The festival presents artworks from a wide range of genre, including visual (fine) art, theater, dance, music, film and more. Among the Japanese artists who have participated in the festival are Ryoji Ikeda, Oriza Hirata, Hiroaki Umeda, Toshiki Okada, Daisuke Miura, among others. The current artistic director is Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota.
- Festival d’Automne