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Les classiques de la chanson française et russe
Monday 26 August 2019 - 20:30Palais des Festivals et des Congrés - Salon des Ambassadeurs
TICKETING+33 (0)4 92 98 62 77
Monday to Saturday from 10h to 18h and one hour before each performance at the place of performance
Présentation“The Orchestra”, concert-piece by Jean Anouilh
With the students of the S. A. Gerasimov National Institute of Cinematography - VGIK -
Professor Mikhaïlov’s class
A little known and rarely performed piece, “the Orchestra” was classified as a “dark new piece” on its creation in 1962 by Jean Anouilh, the French dramatic author, screenwriter and scriptwriter. It elegantly highlights the social, political and sexual morals of the post-war period. In this concert-piece, a little-talented orchestra comprised of five women – under the eye of the pianist – play in a brasserie. To the backdrop of light music and a spa town, the orchestra is responsible for amusing those taking the waters. The energetic performance alternates between snippets of music mimed by the orchestra and the heartache of the characters, revealing their preoccupations. In turn, the loves, frustrations and fantasies of each one are revealed, and with music no longer enough to calm the spirit, the orchestra is gripped by madness. Trying to save face for better or worse, the characters thus surrender to a game that is as dramatic as it is comic.
An amusing show for all.
Free access on invitation to be collected from the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès ticket office as of 5 August, subject to available seats.
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