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Sep. 21, 2014
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43rd Festival d’Automne opens (Sept. 4 – Dec. 31)
The Festival d’Automne, an autumn festival of contemporary arts, is held each year in Paris from September to December. For 2014, the program brings together 50 productions from 15 countries. The program features works in all areas of the arts, from theater, dance and music and beyond into all genres, which are performed in some 43 venues around the city of Paris.
The highlights of this year’s festival are the features on choreographer William Forsythe, the director Romeo Castellucci and the composer Luigi Nono. The Forsythe feature will include performances of Limb’s Theorem and six other works at nine theaters around Paris. The Castellucci feature will present three works including the recent Schwanengesang D744. The Nono feature will include not only the composer’s own works but also those of friends and mentors (Bruno Maderna, Helmut Lachenmann, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and others). The Nono and Castellucci features are scheduled to continue in 2015.
As in years past, the festival will be a showcase for a roster of great artists. Along with Robert Wilson, this year’s program will include Claude Régy, François Tanguy, Maguy Marin, Pascal Rambert and other famous artists. Also highlighting the program are performances by Alessandro Sciarroni, She She Pop and Marco Berrettini and video works like the collaboration between visual artist Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler titled River of Fundament. Also on the program are Philippe Quesne’s Next Day, Jérôme Bel’s earlier work Cédric Andrieux and more.

Festival Outline
The Festival d’Automne à Paris, a 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 operates though tie-ups with various theaters around the city, providing 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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