The Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan has a new artistic programme bursting with cultural delights
Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel as an artistic hub for Perpignan and its surrounding area, the Théâtre de l’Archipel was inaugurated in June 2012. The eye-catching, juxtopositional design of the building itself has been a physical representation of the rich and diverse cultural programme performed within. Doménac Reixach has now stepped down from his position as Artistic Director but the new season, managed on an interim basis by Jackie Surjus-Collet, promises to maintain the high quality that has become the norm at the Théâtre de l’Archipel.
Dance, circus, theatre and music of all varieties: audiences of all ages will be able to watch, listen and discover the very best in performance arts. There will also be interactive workshops, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, lunch-break performances and an independant programme hosted at El Médiator. Visit the website for full details.
Tuesday 7th at 7pm & Wednesday 8th at 8.30pm
A unique combination of contemporary dance and acrobatics, depicting a Belgian family as they leaves for America for their annual holiday. An empty stage focuses our entire attention on the incredible movement and lines of the performers, inviting us to contemplate both the intimacy of family interaction and the wider, ever-relevant themes of immigration and displacement.
Sunday 12th March at 3pm & 6pm
Snow, sledges, aurora borealis, seals, igloos, and a blizzard take over the stage when we visit Nunavik, land of the last Quebec eskimo. Swaddled in padded anoraks, seal or bear masks three actors take us into an imaginary world where penguins go fishing with rods, a radio and a cool box, and seals sleep in sleeping bags. Very little text makes this visual spectacle accessible to children of all ages and linguistic abilities.
Friday 17th March at 8.30pm
L’Opéra de Quat’Sous (Threepenny Opera)
Opera? Cabaret? Parody? Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Threepenny Opera’ with music by Kurt Weill, was an attempt to satirise traditional opera and operetta and create a new kind of musical theatre. The show’s opening number, “Mack the Knife,” became one of the most popular songs of the century. Set in London’s Soho, Polly, the only daughter of Mr. Peachum, king of the beggars, marries the notorious thief Macheath.
’The most wonderfully insulting music I have ever come across’ – Walther Kerr
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th March at 2.30pm & 5pm
Music and image
Please note that the information in P-O Life N° 54 spring edition is incorrect. En Ruta will not take place on Wednesday 22nd February and will be performed at El Médiator.
Burning rubber of some of the great Road Movie classics, musicians and actors, students from the local music college, mix original sound tracks with their own creations. Easy Rider, Thelma and Louise, the Blues Brothers, Little Miss Sunshine, Pierrot le fou, Les Valseuses…
Sunday 26th March 4.30pm
One of the best string quartets of our time, the Modigliani Quartet was founded in 2003 by four close friends studying together. They regularly perform with violin, viola and cello in the world’s most celebrated and prestigious concert halls. Fresh, enthusiastic, and deserving of its reputation as world class.
Sunday 9th April at 6pm
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of composer, Geog Philipp Telemann, in association with the Perpignan Sacred Music Festival, the Ensemble Pygmalion Choir and Orchestra, conducted by young talent, Raphaël Pichon, perform the operatic classic; Brockes-Passion.
Friday 21st April at
The Kid Concert
Ladies and Gentlemen, don your glad rags and don’t forget your umbrella because we’re going back to 1921 and screening everyone’s favourite movie star, Charlie Chaplin! And better yet, the musical score from this cinematic great will be performed live on stage.
Sunday 23rd April at 3pm & 6pm
Victor Hugo’s timeless classic as you’ve never seen it before. Cleverly condensed into just 75 minutes and depicted using marionettes, the morals, politics and philosophy of this great theatrical work have never been more accessible.
Saturday 29th April at 8.30pm
Sarah & Deborah Nemtanu
Barely in their 30s, these two violinists are nothing short of miraculous. Accompanied by the Orchestre Perpignan Méditerrannée, conducted by local legend Daniel Tosi, this promises to be an evening of virtuosity, sentimentality, bohemian spirit and a scintillating musical complexity to set your heart racing.
Sunday 14th May at 11am & 3pm
Le Nid (the nest):
A violinist and a singer transport audiences of all ages on a musical adventure of discovery. Follow the development from hatching, to tweeting, growing and finally taking flight. This musical fairy tale takes place in a giant, round nest, which will be opened up for public exploration at the end of the performance.
Firday 19th May at 7pm
UnE cArMen en Turakie:
Turakie is a topsy-turvy universe created by Michel Laubu over 3 decades working with the Turak Theatre Company. In this poetic yet displaced version of the famous Bizet opera, Carmen finds herself in Brittany, on board a raft with an orchestra of crabs and lobsters.
Sunday 21st May at 7m
Orchestre National de Montpellier:
Dezsö Ránic is considered one of Hungary’s finest pianists. Winner of the Robert Schumann award, he is at ease with both classical and romantic styles and performs the very best interpretations of Bartók pieces. Performing with the national symphonic orchestra of Montpellier, the repertoire will cover the greatest European composers of the 20th century.