What's On in NW France

1st November 2003, Comments 0 comments

(Including Rennes-Nantes-Rouen) Find out all about what's on around NW France, from exhibitions to theatre to dance and music, with this unique guide, compiled and updated by Helen Harding.

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Spanish-born artist Javier Pérez uses drawing, sculpture and video to compare
contemporary representations of the human form. Through deconstruction and
mutation, the body is transformed into images that vary from beautiful to repulsive.

Until September 7

La Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain
Place Honoré Commeurec- Halles Centrales
35000 Rennes
Tel : 02 99 78 18 20

Light Show: La Cathédrale du Monet aux Pixel
Word has it that this one is really worth going out of your way. Just at dusk, the façade of this extraordinary gothic Cathedral is transformed into an immense painting through the modern artifice of a spectacular light and sound show. An original soundtrack accompanies a projection of paintings, including yes, lots of familiar Monet images; the whole thing is designed so that it can be enjoyed from different angles anywhere in the place.

Until September 17

La Cathédrale de Rouen
Place de la Cathédrale de Rouen
Mairie de Rouen
Tel : 02 32 08 31 01

Effervecence, la sculpture 'anglaise'
This exhibition illustrates the richness and invention of English sculpture, as has been seen in  France anyway over some twenty years. From Richard Long’s first exhibition (1969) through 'Britannia' in 1989, the works of 29 British artists are collected here. Representing a period when most Parisian museums and galleries were landlocked in conventionality, the ensemble of the more avant-garde work from Britain provoked a desire for more liberty and experimentation from French artists.

Until September 18

Musée des Beaux-Arts
14 rue du Musée
49100 Angers
Tel: 02 41 05 38 00

Iconoverde photographies
As part of the Festival of Contemporary Photography, this collection brings together the work of six photographers from Nantes, Manchester and Berlin and contrasts each of their unique styles against the uniformity of today’s photo journalism. The featured artists: Anne Boss, Julia Pallone, Cécile Genest, Myriam Heaulm, Jean-Marc Stefani, Raphael Fichet.

September 15 - October 2

Le Lieu Unique
Quai Ferdinand Favre
44000 Nantes
Tel : 02 40 12 14 34

Sortilèges Des Tropiques
Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas believes he has a whole new take on Latin-American art. Here twenty different tapestries retrace his personal artistic journey, each a new story woven with thread instead of words.

Until November 13

Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine
4 boulevard Arago
49100 Angers
Tel: 02 41 24 18 48



Festival Musique de Chambre à Giverny
An exceptional opportunity to hear chamber music masterpieces from the classical period until the present day, including performances of works from the well-known fathers of chamber music Mozart and Brahms to 20th-century compositions by award-winning French composer Henri Dutilleux. In addition to a series of concerts organized at locations in Giverny, you’ll be able to catch concerts all over Normandy including Rouen, Evreux, and and Mantes-La-Jolie.

August 25 – September 4



Moleque de Rua and Fabien Do Rio
This ensemble of self-declared street kids is known for playing a strangely compelling mixture of funk, reggae, samba and afro-brazilian rhythms on instruments made from recycled material found on the streets. Created in 1983, the group’s musical experiments and infectious energy have evolved into an unique style and hundreds of kids have now participated, with each new generation trained by the previous set of performers. FREE.

September 9 in Place François Mitterrand

Hosted by La Chabada
56, boulevard du Doyenné
49000 Angers
Tel : 02 41 96 13 48

L’Attirail and Papou
A chance meeting in February 1994 led to the creation of L’Attirail, an acoustic band who combine the energy of rock and roll with the influences of Eastern European music and folklore. It’s la chanson française meets the Balkans. Papou, meanwhile, will get you up off your feet with its brand of Ethiopian dance hits.  FREE.

September 10 in Place François Mitterrand

Hosted by La Chabada
56, boulevard du Doyenné
49000 Angers
Tel : 02 41 96 13 48

Stacey Kent
If torch singers light your fire, then this international jazz-singer and award winner of the 2002 BBC jazz award for ‘Best Vocalist’ is a must-hear. Now living in London, Kent is known for her sensual yet unaffected style and has already made her mark on the songs of Frank Sinatra, David Brubeck and Dizzy Gillespie. Here she will perform some off-the-beaten-track compositions from Cole Porter and George Gershwin as well as those popular French songsters Charles Trénet and Michel Legrand.

September 15

Théâtre National de Bretagne
1 rue St-Hélier
35000 Rennes
Tel : 02 99 31 12 31


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