The opening ceremony of "Croisements Festival 2012 in South China", an annual Franco-Chinese cultural festival, was held in Guangzhou Opera House on April 10, bringing a slew of artistic programs for the audiences in South China from April to late July.
Bringing together excellent contemporary artists from both countries, "Croisements Festival" in its seventh year is to offer over 134 events including dance, exhibitions, a contemporary circus, music, theatre as well as movies, all according to the organizer to reach across 24 Chinese cities.
The highlights in South China this year include Contemporary Circus featuring a stunning acrobatics show by Morosof Company and a new magic never seen before in China by 14:20 Company; "Entremets-entremots," a brand-new bilingual play co-performed by French and Chinese actors and fusing French gourmet food with the art of stage. As well as the modern dance Arrêts de Jeu, a choreographed representation of the France vs. West Germany football match in Seville in 1982 and highly acclaimed among European artists.
People in South China will be able to embrace several important exhibitions notably featuring a photo display by prestigious photographer Marc Riboud showcasing his impression of China. Another favorable hit "The exhibition Abysses" first unveiled in China a big collection of creatures that dwell on the ocean floor.
Nouveau cirque "Eppur si muove"
In addition, music lovers in South China can also enjoy chamber music quartets from prestigious quatuos like Diotima and Zaïde, baroque music from Stradivaria and Le Poème Harmonique, along with contemporary music concerts.
Established in 2006 in response to the common desire of Chinese and French authorities to enhance cultural exchange, the festival attracted more than 500,000 spectators in 2011.
(By Pan Hui, Stephen Roberts)