The Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan has a new artistic programme bursting with cultural delights
Designed 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.
Thursday 5th, 7pm & Friday 6th, 8.30pm
A unique contemporary dance experience, depicting the coming-of-age of a young man inspired by the rock and roll of greats such as Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Who, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Iggy Pop and the Stooges……
Sunday 15th, 4.30pm (Classical Music)
Renaud Capuçon & European Camerata:
Acclaimed violin soloist, Capuçon, collaborates with one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world for this passionate repertoire of virtuoso performance.
Sunday 22nd, 11am & 4.30pm & Wednesday 25th, 5pm
In a setting inspired by Charlie Chaplin, the Encima Theatre Company depicts the ever-relevant tale of the individual against the system, of the fight against fear and indifference in a world without equality.
Thursday 26th January at 20h30
A former semi finalist of the French Star Academy series, the unique voice of folk-punk chanteuse Olivia Ruiz pays homage to the ladies, her lyrics a ‘hymne à la féminité et au plaisir charnel’
Tuesday 31st, 7pm Wednesday 1st Feb, 8.30pm & Thursday 2nd Feb, 7pm
When the whole stage is a trampoline you can expect surprises at every step! A story of solitude and fraternity from a character who’s sick of living a flat life and vows to fill his reality with volume.
Friday 3rd 8.30pm
The prince of piano has now become king. At just 34 years old, this Laureate piano soloist is internationally acclaimed for his genre-spanning talent. From romantic to contemporary, intimate grandiose, Bertrand Chamayou shows all the flair, and more, of his mentor Aldo Ciccolini.
Sunday 19th, 11am & 4.30pm (Marionettes & Mime)
M C’est comme Aimer:
Following in the footsteps of painter Joan Mirò, this poetic journey through universes both real and imaginary, highlights and subverts the little things in life.
Wednesday 22nd, 7pm
The Acrobatic Group from Tangiers returns to the Archipel with 12 of its finest performers. Building on the traditional Moroccan art form, passed down from generation to generation, Halka adds a modern, contemporary energy, exploring the idea of circles. The circle of the audience, the circle of friends within the group, a movement of a limb, or the body: powerful, energetic, seductive, all-encompassing.
Sunday 12 March at 15h & 18h
Snow, sledges, aurora borealis, seals, igloos, and a blizzard take over the stage when we visit Nunavik, land of the 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.
Friday 17th March at 20h30
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
Saturday 18th March at 14h30 & 17h
Music and image
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
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.