Sofitel Luxury Hotels will celebrate the charming experience of French music and art this May with the Festival Croisements, in which two innovative new programs will be brought to audiences across China in a unique celebration of French culture.
By presenting a unique tribute to French music, literature and theatre through two exquisite events: Musique Littéraire and Entremets, Entremots, the hotels are dedicated to offering genuine experience of the "art de vivre."
Renowned performer Marie-Christine Barrault joins pianist Frederic Chiu in a magical Franco Chinese fusion of literature and classical music. Audiences will delight in a surreal performance that combines pieces by Chopin, Ravel and Gao Ping with literature pieces from Georges Sand and Proust.
This extraordinary program combines the talent of two celebrated artists who have been delighting audiences for decades. Barrault has been a remarkable presence in French theater, film and television since the 1970s. Her trademark vitality and optimism have won her a legion of fans, paving the way for a long and successful career. Chiu is one of the most innovative classical musicians in the world today, having released more than 20 albums to date. While of Chinese origin, Chiu has spent most of his life in the US and France and works to bring classical music into places where it is rarely heard.
The tour begins on 11 May and goes through until 22 May, and while attendance to these performances is by private invitation, the public is invited to go on to the Festival Croisements website for their chance to win lucky draw seats. Programme dates across China are as follows:
Beijing (Sofitel Wanda Beijing) 11 May
Shanghai (Sofitel Shanghai Hyland) 15 May
Guangzhou (Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich) 17 May
Xi'an (Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square) 19 May
Chengdu (Sofitel Wanda Chengdu) 22 May
The performance begins at 7pm followed by a cocktail reception.
This radical and contemporary performance represents an extraordinary marriage of theater and gastronomy. Audience goers become theater performers in this decadent table-meets-stage piece. Directed by Serge Noyelle, some spectators find themselves seated around the same table playing the role of fellow guests. Invited by their four hosts, they slowly engage with one another while feasting on a series of gastronomic treats. Intimate, confronting and full of surprises this is a meal no audience will forget.
After the success of Labyrinth in China in 2010, Serge Noyelle and Marion Coutris with Theater Nono present this Franco-Chinese adaptation. Both artists have long used experimental and non-narrative structures in their directing of modern day theatre performances.
Programme dates across China are as follows:
Beijing (Sofitel Wanda Beijing) 29-31 May
Guangzhou (Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich) 2-4 June
Shanghai (Sofitel Shanghai Hyland) 6-8 June
The performance begins at 7pm. Box office opens on 13 April. Private events are also available.