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Three questions for Marc Monnet, Artistic Director of the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

26-02-2010-


“Do you love Spring?” What is hidden behind this question?

A love story [laughs]. The Festival always starts with the arrival of spring, a period of rebirth after winter when nature is in full bud. I hope that it will blossom joyfully. As to the question “Do you love Spring?” the answer is always in the affirmative, it’s a season we all appreciate. We played around with this idea and Brahms, one of the main composers featured, as it echoes the title of Sagan’s novel “Aimez-vous Brahms?” (Do you love Brahms?). The question draws one’s attention to an affectionate and, I hope, loving relationship with Le Printemps. The public are key to the Festival*; and have been attending in growing numbers and following it since the beginning. We have given it a new image to create momentum, an attraction, I would even say a desire, and thus we return to the love story.

What are the highlights for this season?

As a principle we don’t have a general theme as that would be too limiting. This year we are going to present some lesser known aspects of Brahms who is often wrongly classified as a conservative. Three concerts are being arranged around the 14th and 15th centuries with Organum, one of the best ensembles who have been performing for over 30 years. A 15th century creation has been reworked after much library research in the “Musique de l’Esprit” cycle.
The public is keeping a close eye out for original ideas that started with the “Surprise Voyage” which was an immediate success. We all need to listen to different forms of music. We also organise music “nights” (nuits) from 8pm to midnight and there are several this year, including “La nuit surprenante” featuring a mix of genres: a contemporary ensemble, the Vienna vegetable orchestra who produce sounds using vegetables and is astonishing, and a German metal rock band who also play classical music. A highly original fashion parade put on by the Berçot Studio from Paris will close the evening. One theme that is being explored is the Ballets Russes. There will be seven concerts each performed 48 hours after the ballet by which they are known. Among them are the “Rite of Spring” and “Daphnis and Chloe” conducted by Yakov Kreizberg. A “Portrait” will be dedicated to Ravel, including two major works that were composed in Monaco.
We wanted to recreate the synergy which existed between the young designers associated with the Ballets Russes, and the commissions of the composers and choreographers. “Do you like dance?” will be given to Cannes in collaboration with the Hightower dance school. It is the first time we’ve worked with Cannes and is part of the “Hors les Murs” (outside the walls) initiative. Indeed, the coproduction of concerts outside of Monaco with Beaulieu, Cap d’Ail and Beausoleil is continuing proof of the festival’s reputation as one that embraces the region.
The German composer Lachenmann will be honoured in a double portrait during a Brahms-Lachenmann concert and staged musical piece produced in collaboration with the Monaco Dance Forum.

Which instrument takes centre stage this year?

Indeed, every year I draw people’s attention to one instrument. For 2010 we have a night focused on percussion with African, Basque, Iranian, contemporary and traditional music. The evening will end with a piece by Luciano Berio employing 300 musicians in collaboration with the region’s music and harmony academies.

*The Festival maintains its policy of affordable prices: all tickets cost €20, €7.50 for young people between 13 and 23 years of age, and free for those under 13. The only exceptions are the “Nuits” which cost €33.

Informations : www.printempsdesarts.com


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