Festival: The Belluard Bollwerk unveils its program

Festival: The Belluard Bollwerk unveils its program
Festival: The Belluard Bollwerk unveils its program

For ten days, the festival will welcome artists from Switzerland, but also from Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Spain, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Poland and Tunisia, indicates the festival Tuesday in a press release. Laurence Wagner designed his fifth and final edition with an impulse, that of the “fury for living”.

In a context “where violence rages and divisions are reinforced”, she invites “rebellious artists who work to undo oppressive legacies and build dignified destinies. This 41st edition is an embrace of life and love. It speaks of urgency, impatience and hope,” wrote the artistic director, aged 40.

Star of the German-speaking series “Tatort”

The festival will open its doors with “Fremde Seelen/Foreign Souls” by Eva-Maria Bertschy, an investigation into the traces of a Vietnamese priest who lived in the canton of Fribourg. This bilingual creation will be performed by the actress Carol Schuler, star of the German-speaking series “Tatort”, and by the Congolese musician Kojack Kossakamvwe.

In “Amazing Journey”, Alexandre Montin & Maxine Reys will invite the public to dialogue with the dead during a sound walk in public space. In “Threesome”, choreographer Wojciech Grudziński will dance with the ghosts of three Polish ballet legends, forgotten because of their homosexuality.

The memory of the body and its mannerisms will also be at work in the creation “Blue Roses” by choreographer Thibault Lac while the Spanish researcher Isabel de Naverán will tell a history of dance full of affects with her performed conference “Envoltura, historia y síncope”.

Director Louise Siffert will attempt to challenge the transience of life with her show and film entitled “We have decided not to die”. And the end-of-studies show by contemporary dance students from La Manufacture de Lausanne will ensure that the flame continues.

Speaking life and representing it

A panel of writers will dissect the poetic charge of life, taking their contrasting perspectives on the present. French author Lola Lafon will present “A State of Our Lives”, an intimate alphabet book as many new possible definitions of our existence.

Marvin M’toumo, Grace Seri and Ella Stürzenhofecker will write unpublished texts for the Belluard Bollwerk and share them in the form of performed readings.

The Geneva poet Pierrine Poget will share some fragments of her most recent work “Unfinished, alive” while the Lausanne author Mathias Howald will offer a reading of his novel “Cousu pour toi”.

Xénia Lucie Laffely and Janosch Perler will offer two installations as two distinct frames on our ways of virtually documenting our existences.

For dignified lives

The artists gathered during the festival will also talk about sometimes unlivable contexts. In “The Search for Power”, Lebanese Tania El Khoury and her husband, Palestinian historian Ziad Abu-Rish, will investigate the power cuts that hamper their daily lives in Lebanon. This performance will take place in the unique setting of the former Poya military barracks.

Alice Oechslin & Mayara Yamada will for their part thwart the boundaries of violence through the prism of love and flavors with their creation “Ceremony n. 3: The Wedding Cake. Egyptian choreographers nasa4nasa will have no mercy on compromises and will dance on the edge of censorship in the powerful “No Mercy”.

Finally, hearts will beat very hard to the drum rhythms of Gaouta, the “cyber-chaâbi” of Syqlone, the sets of Doracell, Urs Rihs, DJ Marcelle, Aleko & Maxtor and DJ Fripon as well as the folk repertoire of the singer Quebecois Myriam Gendron who will perform for the first time in Switzerland.

Latest edition by Laurence Wagner

Laurence Wagner announced that this 41st edition would be his last. After five years at the head of the event, she particularly wishes to free up time for new projects but also expressed her exhaustion in the face of the ever more precarious conditions in cultural circles. The position of artistic director will be advertised at the beginning of June.

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