Looking forward, Agora 2005 marks the beginning of a new contemporary season and lays down the foundation for future horizons at IRCAM.
The Avis de tempête or storm warning set off by Georges Aperghis with his opera, is at the foundation of a dense and compact festival. Fresh air is blown in by the presence of new talents and personalities, turbulence provoked by Stockhausen’s Helikopter Streichquartett, Paris is woken and diabolic clocks set off in the René Clair film, reinvented by Yan Maresz and Olga Neuwirth. Thus, Agora leaves behind the studio, both literally and figuratively, in order to bring to light the best of today’s creation.
The four opening days give a taste of all the domains in which IRCAM is involved. Opera, at the Ateliers Berthier, music and film at the Louvre, concerts by European ensembles at Centre Pompidou and at IRCAM’s Espace de Projection, solo recitals with electronics during the Roaming Concerts around the Marais district. At the heart of this opening weekend, Saturday’s program (June 4) opens its arms to rare artists, either unknown or infrequently performed at IRCAM (Unsuk Chin, Philipp Maintz and Hanspeter Kyburz...). The Longest Night looks to tomorrow, unsettled by abrupt, atypical, irreconcilable artists.
Agora closes with an homage to Pierre Boulez offered by three generations of composers. Their "musical telegrams" straddle two events fusing poetry and music, Tempo e Tempi by Elliott Carter and the Improvisation sur Mallarmé by Pierre Boulez. This is preceded by Brice Pauset’s own fascinating interpretation of Mallarmé’s Book. For the final soirée at the Bouffes du Nord, the pianist George Benjamin takes the stage to perform his canonic preludes. Composers, musicians and researchers are brought together in a reflection of what creation is all about at IRCAM.
Frank Madlener, IRCAM Artistic Director
In partnership with
Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou | L'Opéra national de Paris | L'Auditorium du Louvre | La Délégation générale / Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles | Le Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord | La Ville de Paris | La Ville de Paris - Mairie du 4e arrondissement | Le Centre Culturel Suédois | La Maison de l'Europe de Paris
Copyright Ircam - Centre Pompidou 2005.