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.
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.
Friday 9th (7pm) & Saturday 10th (6pm) June
Multimedia Family Theatre
A combination of animation, marionette puppets, live music and theatre; the Stereotypik company takes the whole family on a voyage of discovery into the surprising universe of the circus. Trapeze artists splat to the floor, the lion tamer is devoured by his charge and the cannonball man disappears… but the magic eclipses the tragedy and the circus is alive with excitement!
Monday 12th (8.30pm) & Tuesday 13th (7pm) June
Les Ballets C. de la B. / Alain Platel
9 dancers, two Congolese singers and a musical score inspired by Gustav Mahler bring an impressive set design to life in this emotive story of life in the 1920s, during the depression after the First World War. Belgian-based dance troup, C. de la B. brings choreographers and dancers from a variety of disciplines into one unique artistic vision; ecclectic, anarchic and engaging.
Friday 16th (7pm) & Saturday 17th (8.30pm) June
The virtuoso fearlessness of the Finnish Race Horse Company will take your breath away. The 6 performers present an unforgettably vibrant circus spectacle, including the wheel of death and a human catapult! Developing their favourite traditional acts into daredevil stunts that must be seen to be believed, thrills are guaranteed for this end-of-season special.