Musical promenades - Mark Rothko exhibition
- 10€ / 20€
- En continu (4h)
- 7 pm - 11 pm
WHEN THE ARTS MEET: AN ORIGINAL TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION.
23 and 25 November 2023, 25 and 26 January 2024, 21 and 22 March 2024
To coincide with the "Mark Rothko" exhibition, composer and pianist Max Richter is taking up residence at the Fondation. Considered one of the main influences on post-Minimalist composers, the German-British composer is a key figure in neoclassical music.
This residency includes musical promenades in the galleries, a musical itinerary created by the composer that presents an original dimension of his creation: played throughout the Fondation spaces, his work Unity Fields II will also be performed in several live musical interludes in the gallery. Max Richter experiments with the superposition of sound layers and media, associating electronics and live performance. The creation is given in the evening, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., by some twenty musicians from the Le Balcon ensemble positioned throughout the galleries.
At the same time, three concerts will be given in the Auditorium. For more information and to book, visit this page.
Max Richter stands as one of the most prodigious figures on the contemporary music scene, with ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, producer, and collaborator. From synthesizers and computers to a full symphony orchestra, Richter’s innovative work encompasses solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and television series, video art installations and theater works. He is classically trained, studying at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music, London, and completing his studies with composer Luciano Berio in Florence. “Memoryhouse”, Richter’s 2002 debut, has been described by The Independent, and Pitchfork Magazine as a “landmark”, while his 2004 album “The Blue Notebooks'' was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best Classical works of the century. “SLEEP”, his eight- and-a-half-hour concert work, has been broadcast and performed worldwide, including at the Sydney Opera House, Berlin’s Kraftwerk, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie de Paris, and at the Barbican, London. In 2012 Richter ‘Recomposed’ the infamous Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, winning him the prestigious ECHO Classic Award, and an established place in the classical charts. In recent years Richter’s music has become a mainstay for many of the world’s leading ballet companies, including The Mariinski Ballet, La Scala Milan, The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Semper Oper, and NDT, while his collaborations with Wayne McGregor for The Royal Ballet have been widely acclaimed. His most recent collaboration was with Margaret Atwood and Wayne McGregor, based on Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy of novels, premiering in Toronto in September 2022
Richter has written prolifically for film and television, with recent projects including Hostiles, Black Mirror, Taboo – which earned him an Emmy nomination, HBO series The Leftovers and My Brilliant Friend and most recently White Boy Rick, Mary Queen of Scots and the sci-fi drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt. His music is also featured in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir and in the Oscar-winning Arrival by Denis Villeneuve. Most recently, Richter’s cinematic track ‘In The Nature of Daylight’ was featured in HBO series The Last of Us resurfacing the track to the top of the Spotify charts. He has worked on sci-fi drama Spaceman, directed by Johan Renck, due for release 2023. A frequent collaborator in fashion, Max has worked with the creative director of Dior Homme, Kim Jones, for three seasons having produced music or performed at the brand’s runway shows. Most notably a mesmerizing performance against the backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo for the Fall 2023 show. Richter’s recorded project, The New Four Seasons, was released in 2022 marking ten years of his Vivaldi Recomposed project, re-recording the piece with period instruments. For his most recent release SLEEP: Tranquility Base, Richter returned to his celebrated eight-hour magnum opus SLEEP offering a glimpse into the original material from a more electronic standpoint ahead of World Sleep Day March 2023. Richter is currently working on new music.
Orchestre Le Balcon
Le Balcon was founded in 2008 by a conductor (Maxime Pascal), a sound engineer (Florent Derex), a pianist and conductor (Alphonse Cemin) and three composers (Juan Pablo Carreño, Mathieu Costecalde, Pedro Garcia Velasquez). Le Balcon adapts to its projects and concerts, not least the number of members, as well as the visual concept and its interaction with sound design and electronic music. The ensemble is named after the 1956 play, Le Balcon, by Jean Genet, which places the ensemble’s artistic and musical projects, much like the playwright, in the area of narration, language and representation.
The ensemble was initially located at the Église Saint-Merry, followed by the Théâtre de l’Athénée Louis-Jouvet, and gradually became a transdisciplinary collective, uniting an orchestra with a troupe of artists from many discipliness. Le Balcon creates productions from a repertoire spanning all eras of music history, with a particular focus on works from the 20th and 21st centuries. In its seven years at the Athénée Théâtre, Le Balcon produced numerous operas and plays, including Strauss’s Ariane auf Naxos, Eötvös’s Le Balcon, Levinas’s La Métamorphose, and world premieres such as Lavandier’s Le Premier Meurtre and Eldar’s Like Flesh.
The ensemble has worked with the composer in residence funded by the Singer-Polignac Foundation since 2018 and has commissioned a number of new works.
In 2018, Le Balcon began production of Licht: Die sieben Tage der Woche (Light: The Seven Days of the Week) by Stockhausen. Each autumn, one of the seven operas of this great cycle is performed for the public. Donnerstag from Licht had its premiere in 2018, followed by Le Balcon’s performances of Samstag from Licht in June 2019, Dienstag from Licht in October 2020 and Freitag from Licht in November 2022 at Lille Opera and the Philharmonie in Paris.
Since the 2022-2023 season, Le Balcon has been a partner artist of the Lille Opera.
In 2023, Le Balcon will present new productions: The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) by Weill and Brecht, at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, with the troupe of the Comédie-Française, directed by Thomas Ostermeier; Saint François d'Assise by Messiaen at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest in a concert version with video by Nieto; and Sonntag aus Licht by Stockhausen at the Philharmonie de Paris.
Le Balcon is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Société Générale Foundation C’est Vous l’Avenir, the City of Paris and the Singer-Polignac Foundation.