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Festival d’Automne opens (Sept. 15 – Dec. 19, 2009)
 Being held for the 38th time this year, the 2009 Festival d’Automne program features the work Nearly Ninety by Merce Cunningham, who just recently passed away (in July, 2009). Other highlights of the program include a production of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carré by The Wooster Group, performances of Die Dreigroschenoper /The Threepenny Opera by the Berliner Ensemble directed by Robert Wilson, a production of Julius Caesar by the American Repertory Theater directed by Arthur Nauzyciel, and a work by Korean-American Young Jean Lee titled The Shipment that deals with the identity issues of African Americans. The music program features a concentration of works by American artists including a concert by Frederic Rzewski performing his own compositions based on the writings of Mary Shelley and Oscar Wilde, a concert of works by Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman, and a concert of Edgard Vare`se works with video installations by Gary Hill. The program is also characterized by a number of involving American artists working with European companies or taking European works as subjects for their productions or creations.

Japan-related programs include a presentation of Shinbaï, le vol de l’ âme by Emmanuelle Huynh and Seiho Okudaira (master of the Sekiso School of ikebana flower arrangement) and another Emmanuelle Huynh collaboration, this one with Kosei Sakamoto (leader of Monochrome Circus) in a work called Monster Project, Saburo Teshigawara performing Miroku, a collaboration between Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment and Fumiyo Ikeda of Rosas in a work titled in pieces, and Tsuyoshi Shirai and Takao Kawaguchi performing true (directed by Damn Type’s Takayuki Fujimoto).

Festival Profile:
This avant-garde arts festival is held every autumn in Paris. It was launched in 1972 as a project promoted by the president at the time, Georges Pompidou, and with the French Minister of Culture, the late Michel Guy as general director. After Guy’s death in 1990, Alain Crombecque assumed the position of general director.
 The festival is run by an NPO with funding from French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris and the regional government of Île-de-France and through donations from corporations, individuals and friends of the Festival members. The principal pillars of the festival’s program are premieres of original French works, presenting experimental works and new talents, commissioning collaborative works with European and N. American arts organizations and introducing important works from non-European regions.
+Festival d'Automne à Paris
Dates: Sept. 15 – Dec. 19, 2009