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40th Paris Autumn Festival (Sep. 15 – Dec. 31, 2011) / Last program of departed General Director, Alain Crombecque
The 2011 Paris Autumn Festival (Festival d’Automne) is held this year from September 15 to December 31 presenting the last program prepared under the directorship of the late Alain Crombecque, who passed away suddenly in 2009. The schedule features a broad range of contemporary works in the genres of installation, music, theater, dance and film.
The dance program invites the Forsythe Company, and the Royal Ballet of Flanders company will be performing Artifact and Impressing the Czar, two representative works of the repertoire from Forsythe’s Frankfurt period. Also appearing will be Boris Charmatz, Jerome Bel and La Ribot (recent participant of the Aichi Triennale), as well as numerous other artists of the “non-dance” generation.
On the theater program features the latest work of the prominent by highly experimental Claude Regy performed at the small Menagerie de Verre theater, Robert Wilson directing a Berliner Ensemble performance of Lulu, and a slate of other works, some of which are in other languages. There is also a play by Argentine-born, Spain-based director Rodrigo Garcia, who has become popular in European festivals for his daring works that never fail to surprise audiences with their unorthodox approaches. This work, Golgota picnic, which premiered in Madrid in January 2011, is inspired by passages from the Bible. Attention is also focused on the first theater work by the South Africa-born choreographer Robyn Orlin.
Perennial participants like Pierre Boulez and John Cage appear in a music program that gives the general audience a valuable opportunity to hear works of contemporary music they are rarely exposed to.

Festival Outline
This festival of contemporary arts is held each year in Paris from September to December. It was established in 1972 by Michel Guy, who later became France’s Minister of Culture. At the time of the founding, the performing arts scene in Paris lacked vitality and the festival’s aim was to breathe fresh life into it by inviting artists like America’s Merce Cunningham, who was acclaimed as one of the most avant-garde dance artists at the time, and in that way providing creative stimulation for the performing arts. When Guy passed away in 1990, Alain Crombecque assumed leadership of the festival, and after Crombecque passed away suddenly in 2009, Paris Metropolitan Theatre director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota became the festival’s director and will present his first program in 2012.
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. As a city festival, it does not maintain a theater facility of its own but uses theaters around the city, proposing works that best fit the existing audience of each theater for the mutual benefit of the festival and the cooperating theaters. The main focuses of the festival are introducing French premieres of original works, seeking out experimental works and talented new artists, commissioning in collaboration with arts organizations in Europe and North American cultural sphere and introducing important works from outside the European cultural sphere.
+Festival d'Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival)