April unmissable events

Published on 14.03.2017
Our selection of cultural events in Paris and its region. Concerts, plays, exhibitions ...
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie © W. Beaucardet
© W. Beaucardet
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie de Paris

EXHIBITIONS

VERMEER AND THE MASTERS OF GENRE PAINTING

Musée du Louvre, Until 22 May 2017

Bringing twelve paintings by Vermeer together in Paris for the first time since 1966, the exhibition explores the fascinating web of relationships between the artist and his illustrious contemporaries of the Dutch Golden Age. By examining the parallels with the work of other leading artists of the Dutch Golden Age, this exhibition seeks to demonstrate how Vermeer fits into a network of painters whose speciality was the representation of elegance and sophistication.

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RODIN, THE CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION

Grand Palais, From 22 march to 31 july

 2017 marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin's death. The exhibition at the Grand Palais provides a fresh perspective on this elemental artist and his relationships with his collectors and his artist contemporaries - Claudel, Brancusi, Picasso and Richier - to reveal and understand the power of his genius in a new light.

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LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO DU GRAND PARIS

April 2017

The "Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris" (Photography Month) has changed both its format and its dates. 90 exhibitions across Greater Paris unbounded by rigid borders: from the East and Clichy-sous-Bois, a town that has come to symbolise the mental barriers that have grown up over the decades in addition to the physical barriers, to Poissy and Mantes-la-Jolie in the West, and Châtenay-Malabry and Clairefontaine-en- Yvelines in the South. A total of 31 communities, including central Paris, are involved in this photographic competition.

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MUSIC

THE LIGHTHOUSE

Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet,

21 to 28 April 2017

Scottish composer Peter Maxwell Davies composed this chamber opera in 1980, based on a true story. Detective intrigue is coloured by ancient legend, alternating the voice of reason with the voice of the unknown. The opera examines the tension between man and machine, and the diametric opposition between human hesitancy and the inflexibility of an automated system. In this open-air closed world, where certainties pitch and toss, and where beliefs wipe out boats, contemporary music is interlaced with Celtic folklore, ancient liturgies and the oldest of love songs.

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LA FILLE DE NEIGE DE NIKOLAÏ IMSKI-KORSAKOV

Opéra Bastille,  15 april to 3 mai

Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden) was born far back in time in the mythical kingdom of Tsar Berendey, the fruit ot the union between the Spring Fairy and Old Man Winter. Protected by her parents against the healous intentions of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she grows to adulthood and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood spirit. A masterpiece of popular Slavic literaturen the Snow Maiden brings to te stage a magical fantasy enriched by tge rigours of the weather. Aida Garifullina signs the role of Snegurochka, with production and musical direction in the capable hands of two others Russian artists : young director Mikhail Tatarnikov and director Dmitri Tcherniakov

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DJ QBERT ET HIP HOP

 La Place, 6 april
The only venue in France to be 100% dedicated to Hip Hop. Located in Les Halles, the crossroads where Paris meets suburbs, and a stronghold of Paris Hip Hop, this performance space is all about promoting the spirit and look of this culture. La Place hosts internationally acclaimed DJ Qbert. A founder member of Invisibl Skratch Piklz, multiple winner of the DMC world title, he has pushed the art of the DJ into the new dimension of turntablism.

BOB DYLAN AND HIS BAND!

Zénith Paris La Villette, 20 april

It was while appearing at the Coachella concert of the century that he learned that he'd been awarded the Novel Prize for literature. There's no doubt that his concert at le Zénith de Paris will be an enormous event during which can be expected to his audience some his most iconic songs, as well as some of the most infrequently heard.

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THEATRE

BAAL, BERTOLT BRECHT

Théâtre de la Ville, 20 april to 20 may

Stanislas Nordey plays the free and cursed writer Baal, in this legendary first full-lenght play by Bertolt Brecht, the first version of which has beel unearthed by Christine Letailleur and beautifully translated by Eloi Recoing.

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THE INHABITANTS OF THE WOOD

Théâtre de l'Aquarium-La Cartoucherie, 21 april to 20 may

A project of exploration of the wood of Vincennes by The Lightning Magazine(Review): Corine Miret (dancer and comedienne) and Stephane Olry (author and movie director). With the collaboration of Johnny Lebigot (plastic surgeon) and Jean-Christophe Marti (compositor). Stephane, Johnny, Jean-Christophe and Corine lived in the Aquarium, measured the amazing wood of Vincennes, met his(her) inhabitants: trees and foresters, cyclists and servicemen, future champions, lovers and prostitutes, NFA and other inhabitants of the wood. They visited the Garden of Tropical Agronomy, the area for playing boules of the lady Blanche, the barracks Carnot, the Zoo. Strong of these 1001 meetings, of this incredible human, animal, plant material which offers this such a contrasting territory, The Lightning Magazine(Review) will tell you in 7 episodes (autonomous!) and one integral the famous «revolt of the Municipality(Commune) of the Wood of Vincennes» who(which) took place in 2017, such as them will remember it in 2044! More than a show, an event (every episode will be only once played only!): an artistic gesture(movement) as well free as barefaced.

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COMICS

Pulp Festival

Ferme Dubuisson,  21 to 23 april

Concerning exhibitions, Nicolas de Crécy, François Olislaeger, Zeina Abirached, Liv Strömquist and I am GREAT invest each a space of the Farm for a dumping in their universe - not that - drawn. On boards, Romanticize adapt the eponym print-seller of modern Animal Blexbolex, the creation of Philippe Dupuy and Arthur B. Gillette proposes a version diverted from Brazil, The harrier eagle stages the novel schedule Almost of Manu Larcenet and Dark Circus tells a circus in black and white. Under the leadership of Delicious drawn Loo Hui Phang, the jousts sketch start again of the hair of the brush! And on Sundays, PULP dresses its electoral clothes for a special session devoted to the results of the first round of the election presidential election. As every season, PULP makes its cinema in complicity with Arte! Programs of series and short films, meeting between draftsmen, scriptwriters and directors, previews and surprises for young or big screen prove that the drawing has its place in the cinema. Again and again, Magic' Salon - animated by Librest - proposes a bookshop, conferences, dedications, meetings and animations. And of the new also! PULP Festival is exported with 2 exhibitions except walls, in Footbridges to Pontault-Combault and to Lognes. The festival also opens with the Price PULP which rewards the best 1st album 2016, thanks to a jury of exception and a vote of the public, as well as with a performance surprised with the artist Muma in connection with the draftsman Cosey, Grand Prix of the Festival of Angoulême 2017!

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