Moissac: Molière at the heart of the new cultural season for its 400th anniversary

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This year celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Molière. An event that Moissac wanted to mark by dedicating its new cultural season to it. Discover the program.

“Writing is like prostitution. First we write for the sake of the thing, then for a few friends, and at the end, for money. ” Incisive, with an uncompromising eye on the society of which he was contemporary, Molière, alias Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, is a great name in French culture.

While this year is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of the playwright born January 15, 1622, the city of Moissac has decided to pay tribute to him. The new cultural season, called “Molière in his time” is indeed dedicated to him.

The three blows will strike at the theater

As of next Friday January, the season will open with the very famous play Les Fourberies de Scapin, by the French company “Those of Brocéliande”. A unique three-act play, a true masterpiece of comic theater performed thousands of times over the centuries. Appointments are therefore given at 2:30 p.m. and at 9 p.m., for schoolchildren and the general public.

The following month, February 18 at 2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., another classic from Molière’s repertoire will be installed at the Paris Hall: Le Malade imaginaire. The L’Esquisse theater company invites you to rediscover this piece in a universe inspired by Tim Burton, combining baroque dreaminess and humor.

In order to gain height, a conference-debate is also organized on April 2 at 8:30 p.m., on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition “Molière or the theater of freedom” which will take place in the hall. from Paris. On ten large format boards, visitors will be able to discover or rediscover the main lines of the artist’s life, accompanied by illustrations.

Events around the 17th century

“Beyond Molière, it is a particular century that we want to tackle in many ways,” explains Sophie Lopez, deputy mayor in charge of culture. For this, a baroque music concert is organized on Friday March 25 at 9 p.m. at the Paris Hall. With “Hey good, sing now”, the Faenza ensemble offers a musical illustration of Lafontaine’s Fables.
Conferences are also being organized on July 8, 9 and 10 with the return of Jean-Michel Sanchez, doctor in art history and teacher at Aix-Marseille University.

Out of category, we note all the same the arrival of the departmental harmony orchestra of Tarn-et-Garonne on April 30 at the hall of Paris at 5 p.m. He will present “Aube”, a musical creation by Christopher Gibert. Finally, it is a spectacle of a different nature that Philippe Fagnot will offer with his interactive theatrical conference on public speaking, on June 3 at 9 p.m. in the hall of Paris. A performance that will come just after a reading aloud competition prepared by the children of Alaé (4.30 p.m.) and a similar competition for all audiences.

A journey through time with Living History

Historical reenactments in costume with Living History.

Historical reenactments in costume with Living History.

Real highlights of this new cultural season, Moissac will change century on the occasion of two exceptional weekends hosted by the association for Living History.
On June 18 and 19 at Saint-Pierre Abbey, music, street theater and crafts will invade the place. Musicians, acrobats, actors, artisans demonstrators will be gathered around a market, in costumes for a perfect illusion.

On September 24 and 25, it is along the promenade du Moulin that visitors will be expected to attend a historical reconstruction. Larger-than-life military encampment with artillery, or even a fencing circle are on the program. Young and old can also meet the challenges of games and climbing mat, or stroll in the alleys of the market. A first in Moissac which should attract many inhabitants of the department and beyond.