"Musical Seine" on island Seguin launching

Published on 20.04.2017
Rewarded with the literature Nobel Prize, Bob Dylan unveils the "Musical Seine" in Boulogne-Billancourt on 21 april 2017. The enchanted island has become a musical housing project with its brand new hall !
© Shigeru Ban

Bob Dylan, an amazing guest for a prestigious inauguration !
First literary songwriter of the rock history rewarded with the literature Nobel Prize in 2016, is a genius of american popular music. On 21 april 2017, he will take a break at Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts de Seine) to inaugurate the new musical stage developped on île Seguin. A 1500 seats' concert hall made by japanese architect Shigeru Ban (2014 Pritzker prize winner) associated with Jean de Gastines, his former partner for the project the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2009.

Resign the Seguin island, former industrial production place into an artistic place : that was an ambitious project which took about 35 years to come through. Two years have been necessary to design the Vale, a steel frame piece of work and photovoltaic backing of one thousand square meters. With its two halls, the "Seine musicale" apires to schedule all kind of music, modern and classic.
The auditorium invites for a residence the Insula Orchestra of Laurence Equilbey which will give several concerts and also the Maitrise des Hauts de Seine, children's choir from the Opera de Paris. The biggest room which has from 4000 to 6000 spectators will favour the biggest shows such as musical theatre and musical comedy. This is the focus programming of the place.

"It's a delighted island thanks to its musical journey proposal, a Musicircus inspired of John Cage where all music sound together in the same space" explained Jean Luc Choplin, Head of the programme committee and creative director. Among the first creations presented after the inauguration :  a musical comedy co-produced with Cape-Town Opera "Totsi" inspired of the movie "My name is Totsi". More to come : projects from West Africa, Bollywood and Brasil.

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