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Oct. 21, 2013
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42nd Festival d’Automne opened (Sept. 13 – Dec. 1, 2013)
The Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival) is a festival of contemporary arts held every year, from September to December, This year, the program features 22 works in theater, 14 in dance, 12 in music along with various events in the visual arts, film, etc.
On the theater program, Swiss director Christoph Marthaler renowned for his distinctive music theater presents his latest work, Letzte Tage. Ein Vorabend; Claude Regy presents an adaptation of the novel La Barque le soir by the representative Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas; French director Philippe Quesne presents Swamp Club, in which he creates a strange art center in a fictional world; and Théâtre du Soleil presents a work dealing with the tragic Cambodian civil war titled L’Histoire terrible mais inachevée de Norodom Sihanouk, roi du Cambodge, among other works.
On the dance program, French choreographer Jérôme Bel presents works with actors with disabilities in a production titled Disabled Theater; Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz present their work based on Bach’s Partita no 2.; there are two presentations of works by Trisha Brown from the late 1980s and ’90s; from Brazil, Lia Rodrigues presents Pindorama; and Bruno Beltrão performs CRACKz.
The program this time also includes a Robert Wilson feature with Wilson himself directing the musical style play Peter Pan and Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe perform The Old Woman. And at the invitation of the Louvre Museum, an installation titled Living Rooms replicating Wilson’s own living and working spaces is created in one of the museum’s rooms and a rich program of performances, debates and screenings prolongs the exhibit. Another program focus is on South Africa, featuring three dance pieces including Robyn Orlin’s In a world full of butterflies, it takes balls to be a caterpillar… some thoughts on falling…, and Brett Bailey directs House of the Holy Afro combining street dance, gospel and shamanic ritual, along with other works.
From Japan, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto himself directs a Bunraku puppet theater performance of Double suicide à Sonezaki, while director Toshiki Okada and his company chelfitsch perform two works in Ground and Floor and Current Location. Also, Daisuke Miura and his company potudo-ru perform Le Tourbillon de l’amour.

Festival Outline
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 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 became the director from 2012.
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