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Croisements Festival events in Guangzhou
The Croisements Festival, which marks its 12th anniversary this year, will take 65 programs and around 216 events to more than 30 cities throughout China from May 3 to July 9.

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The Croisements Festival, which marks its 12th anniversary this year, will take 65 programs and around 216 events to more than 30 cities throughout China from May 3 to July 9.

The festival, featuring theater, dance, classical and contemporary music, popular music, visual arts, new media, cinema, books and debate, will hold around 25 performances in five cities in south China, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Shunde and Xiamen.

Twelve years completes one cycle of the Chinese zodiac, represented by 12 animals. 2017 sees the return of the sign of Croisements Festival’s birth year, its běnmìngnián (本命年) or year of destiny. Over the past 12 years, the festival has become the leading international festival in China, as well as France’s biggest overseas festival. In 2016, Croisements attracted over 4 million audience members to its events.

Croisements was born under the sign of the rooster, a Sino-French symbol par excellence. This year, as before, artists from France and China will present original works that they have created together: Pascal Rambert with Mi Le and Shao Sifan, Joyce Jonathan with Cui Jian, and Mai Lucas with Chinese youth.

Here are the highlights of the 12th Croisements Festival in Guangzhou.

Soleo

Body percussion, vibraphone, voice, keyboards and guitars in the pursuit of delirium, poetry, humor and love. This show is a choreographed, theatrical musical encounter between here and elsewhere, music and movement, laughter and amazement. Both dynamic and explosive, the performance leads the viewers on an internal journey of shared experiences and encounters with one another. It brings together three rounded young artists, whose talents include being multi-instrumentalists, composers and teachers. It’s creative, modern and highly entertaining.

Date: May 13
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House
Address: 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Tianhe district

Jacques — 'Tout Est Magnifique'

Jacque + Jacque = Jacques is the perfect equation for the multi-faceted personality of this capillarily challenged artist. Lost between reflective meditation and premeditated spontaneity, Jacques composes electronic music.

Date: May 11
Venue: T:Union
Address: Dongfang Flower Garden, 361-365 Guangzhou middle avenue, Yuexiu district

Photography exhibition: 'Kids' 

Maï Lucas photographs youth who play, move, and dance in streets throughout the world. In preparation for this original exhibition, Lucas undertook a several-week-long residency in China to meet and photograph young Chinese people and familiarize herself with their lifestyle.

Date: May 13-31
Venue: Zinitang Loft
Address: Zinitang Loft, 7 Zini Xi’an Lu, Shawan town, Panyu district

Baroque Carnival 


A colorful program, a succession of pieces that range from lively street dance to passionate laments, including an original parody of Monteverdi’s famous "Lamento della Ninfa." One travels through time to the sound of famous or unheard tunes from 17th century Italy in which le Poeme Harmonique has gained worldwide fame.

Date: May 20
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House
Address: 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Tianhe district

Joyce Jonathan on tour

Joyce Jonathan returns to Guangzhou on May 30. Jonathan is a composer-songwriter and part of the new wave of French pop. Sometimes at the guitar, sometimes at the piano, she will also be accompanied by her musicians.

Date: May 30
Venue: Central Station
Address: 315 Huangou Dadao, Yangcheng creative industrial park, Tianhe district

Art exhibition: 'High Tension'

Reuniting some of the winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, this exhibition demonstrates the tremendous vitality and diversity of the French contemporary art scene. It brings together eight artists strongly committed to their uncompromising approach to today’s world. A sensitive and sometimes critical approach that takes into consideration the circulation of information, the impact of new technologies, urban developments and the memory of warring conflicts...

Date: June 3 to July 23
Venue: Time Museum
Address: Times Rose Garden III, Huangbian Beilu, Baiyun Dadao, Baiyun district

Isabelle Huppert reads Marguerite Duras

Indochina, 1930. The white and minor daughter of poor colonists meets a rich Chinese heir. The unpredictable encounter happens. And as desire is forbidden, it grows more intense. Their passion is a secret meant to haunt the work of one of the greatest authors of the century. Fifty-four years later, Marguerite Duras publishes "L’amant." Isabelle Huppert, France’s national treasure actress, revives its story on stage.

Date: June 12
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House
Address: 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Tianhe district

Chinese version of 'End of Love' back to stage

After achieving great success for its first presentation during the Croisements Festival and the Nanluoguxiang Festival in June 2016, the Chinese version of "End of Love" will be back to stage for a tour in three Chinese cities in June 2017.

Date: July 1
Venue: Guo Lanying Theater
Address: 250 Shiguang Lu, Panyu district

The Miser 

Performed for more than 2,000 times by the Comedie-French since 1680, "The Miser" entertains with its bouncy plot, fanciful misunderstandings and hilarious pieces of bravura. Ludovic Lagarde gives to this great classic a new energy and highlights how this social and psychological satire is terribly contemporary.

Date: July 8-9
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House
Address: 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Tianhe district

(By Penny Liu, Louis Berney)

Editor:Joanna You
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