The Luxembourgish creation in Avignon
This year, 6 Luxembourg productions and co-productions will be shown at the Festival OFF d’Avignon from 7 to 29 July (France).
Luxembourg’s official selection in Avignon
This selection gives pride of place to Luxembourg women creators. Actress and director Laure Roldàn and choreographer Elisabeth Schilling will be representing the diversity and richness of the Luxembourg performing arts scene with their productions.
Petit Frère – La grande histoire Aznavour, directed by Gaëtan Vassart in collaboration with Laure Roldàn, was chosen by the jury made up of Serge Basso de March (author and poet), Pablo Chimienti (head of communications and public relations at THEATER FEDERATIOUN), Godefroy Gordet (journalist, author, director and president of the collectif d’auteurs.e.s dramatiques transfrontalier Le Gueuloir), Lee Fou Messica (artistic director of the Espace Bernard-Marie Koltès – scène conventionnée d’intérêt national in Metz and co-president of the Quint’Est network) and Ian De Toffoli (playwright and director, winner of the Luxembourg selection for the Festival OFF d’Avignon in 2022). The play will be performed from 07 to 25 July at 7.15pm (excluding Thursdays) at the Caserne des pompiers, a programming venue for the Grand Est Region as part of its agreement with the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture.
As well as being a successful tribute to Charles Aznavour and a moving account of his life, Petit Frère is also a pertinent reflection on brotherly love, artistic creation, bohemian life, migration and integration.
Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon will host HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti by Elisabeth Schilling, a choreographic interpretation of the 18 Etudes for Piano by the renowned composer György Ligeti and an unprecedented initiative to date. Devised for 5 dancers and accompanied live on piano by Cathy Krier, HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti is envisioned as a dance-concert concert-dance full of captivating multi-sensorial imagery.
The show will be performed on the Hivernales stage as part of the “On (y) danse aussi l’été!” festival from 10 to 20 July at 9.15pm (excluding 15 July) in a version adapted to the conditions of the Festival, notably with an audio recording by Cathy Krier whose piano cannot be accommodated on the Hivernales stage.
A rich and varied programme beyond the official selection
In addition to the official selection, the Festival OFF d’Avignon will also see Luxembourg represented by Les Crabes by Roland Dubillard, directed by Frank Hoffman and performed at the Théâtre du Chêne Noir, and Les Misérables, directed and performed by Isabelle Bonillo and co-produced by the Théâtre National de Luxembourg and performed at the Espace Saint-Martial.
Besides this presence in the ‘Off’, two Luxembourg co-productions by the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg will also be part of the ‘In’: Extinction adapted and directed by Julien Gosselin and The Confessions by Alexander Zeldin.
Detailed program HERE.