In Montauban, the Baroque Passions festival enters the dance

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From October 1 to 10, music and dance will share the poster of the Passions baroques festival for the first time. A seventh edition that promises a great show accessible to all.

For the seventh edition of the Baroque Passions festival, the organizers have focused on the links between music and dance. Two “inseparable” scenic expressions for Jean-Marc Andrieu, artistic director of the Passions – baroque orchestra of Montauban. And for good reason: “The works of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries were at the beginning of a nature to accompany the dancers. To interpret this music, which is inspired by the gavottes and minuets of the time, it is necessary to have in mind the tempos and the movements. dance, ”he explains.

In preparing for this new edition, the organizers have once again bet on the richness and diversity of the program. And to talk about baroque dance, the festival called on a specialist in the genre: Béatrice Massin. Obviously for Jean-Marc Andrieu: “It is a reference in the matter. We have already worked together and it seemed natural to me that it should be present to evoke the links between baroque music and dance.”

“Groove before its time”

The opportunity to discover the show “Abaca”, proposed by the company Fêtes galantes, on a choreography by Béatrice Massin. “A contemporary dance inspired by baroque dance”, sums up the artistic director. Certainly one of the highlights of this festival. Another must-see: the Rameau Dance Suites. “It’s been a long time since I wanted to play these suites which are extraordinary for me. It’s groove before its time, it swings a lot. With the entire Passions orchestra, it promises to be a fire. ‘artifice “, already rejoices Jean-Marc Andrieu.

Concerts and shows as well as conferences, cinema, masterclasses for schoolchildren… the program is intended to be eclectic. With one objective: to make baroque music accessible to all, to arouse the curiosity of audiences and “make people aware that this music is not reserved for the privileged”. In this idea of ​​”going to meet”, a concert is for example planned at the prison for minors of Lavaur. A great show, accessible to all.

On the program for this 7th edition

Concerts, conferences, dance, cinema… An overview of the rich and varied program of this seventh edition of the festival, in Montauban and in several municipalities of the department.

ABACA, by the Fêtes Galantes company (four performers), Tuesday, October 5, 8:30 p.m., at the Olympe-de-Gouges theater. At 6.30 p.m., the famous choreographer Béatrice Massin and Jean-Marc Andrieu will discuss this intimate dialogue between music and dance, two inseparable artistic fields.

Cello and harpsichord recital, by Pauline Lacambra and Yvan Garcia, Thursday, October 7, at 12 p.m., at the Ingres Bourdelle museum.

Conference “Baroque dance, a material for a contemporary creation”, Thursday, October 7, at 2:30 p.m., at the Ingres Bourdelle museum. In co-production with the MIB.

Lessons of darkness, by Monique Zanetti, soprano, Claire Antonini, theorbo, Sylvie Moquet, viol, and Dominique Serve, organ, Friday, October 8, at 8:30 p.m., at Saint-Joseph church. At 6.30 p.m., a preview on the subject with Monique Zanetti and Jean-Marc Andrieu.

Meet with the writer Matthieu Mégevand, to talk about his new novel dedicated to Mozart, Saturday, October 9, at 11 a.m., at La petite comédie. In coproduction with Confluences.

Impromptu : musical late afternoon with students from the Conservatory, Stéphanie Cettolo, their teacher, and Jean-Marc Andrieu around suites for recorders. Saturday, October 9, at 5 p.m., at the MÉMO de Montauban.

Rameau’s dance suites, by the Passions orchestra and its 19 musicians, Saturday, October 9, at 8:30 p.m., at the Olympe-de-Gouges theater. At 6.30 p.m., Gilone Gaubert, first violin, and Jean-Marc Andrieu discuss the interpretation of Rameau’s works.

Family show, “In the garden of Jean de La Fontaine”, by the Lyra ensemble with Camille Suffran, Camille Antona, Colline Lemarchand, Estelle Besingrand, Etienne Manchon and Bastien Lecomte. Sunday, October 10, at 11 a.m., at the Olympe-de-Gouges theater. In partnership with the Social Center of Grand Montauban.

Bal baroque ! The festival closes under the banner of celebration and conviviality, with Béatrice Massin and her dancers, students from the Conservatory and dance schools. Sunday October 10 from 3:30 p.m., at the Olympe-de-Gouges theater. In partnership with the Conservatory, Tarn-et-Garonne Arts & Culture and dance schools.

And also…

Exposition : for the second time, the festival is teaming up with the Théâtre du Capitole to unveil to the public a selection of costumes and opera accessories made in the theater’s workshops, in connection with the works programmed during the festival. At the Maison du Crieur, from Friday October 1 to Saturday October 30.

From Vienna to Hamburg, with Flavio Losco and

Etienne Mangot, Friday October 1, at 9 p.m. at the Château de Gramont; Sunday October 3, at 11 a.m., at Château Lamotte in Bardigues.

The emotion of discovery: the musicians of the Passions revive several sonatas that have been sleeping for centuries in the old musical collection of the Toulouse Study and Heritage Library. Evening as part of the Fête de la Science, Saturday October 2, – 6 p.m., at the Les Nouveaux Bleus cinema in Beaumont-de-Lomagne. In partnership with Fermat Science.

Baroque concerts with six musicians from the Passions, Sunday October 3, at 6.30 p.m., at Belleperche Abbey, Cordes-Tolosannes.

Cinema & Baroque Music : evening around a discussion debate with Béatrice Massin and Jean-Marc Andrieu on Gérard Corbiau’s film “Le roi danse”, whose choreography is by Béatrice Massin. Thursday October 7, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at La Muse cinema in Bressols. In co-production with La Muse.

The complete program can be found on the website; seventh edition of the Passions Baroques festival, from Friday October 1 to Sunday October 10. Online reservations on the site, by phone at 06 08 00 32 47 or at the Grand Montauban Tourist Office. Prices: from € 3 to € 23, reductions and passes offered depending on the events.