July 29, 2021

For the summer festivals in Lyon and Montpellier, adaptation is the key word

“We have been preparing throughout the year and we are ready. We did our job, which is to organize this festival by calibrating it as accurately as possible in relation to the health context. Whether it lasts three days or longer, whatever happens, it was and must be held. “ Your joyfully warrior, Dominique Delorme, director of Nuits de Fourvière, a historic multidisciplinary event created in 1946, in Lyon, tackles the seventy-fifth edition, on display at the 1is June to July 30, in a good mood.

“It’s a special year, he insists. We went from an average of 140 performances of around sixty productions in twelve partner venues to sixty-six performances of thirty-five plays in four places, including our two Gallo-Roman theaters, the heart of the event. But the show must continue to live, and it was out of the question to go two years without a festival. “

“Curiously, there are also virtues in this difficult history that we are going through: that of working differently,” says Dominique Delorme, director of Nuits de Fourvière.

Theater, music, dance, circus, opera, the Nuits de Fourvière put together the package. Names that we no longer present, such as that of the Belgian director Guy Cassiers or of the also Belgian troupe Tg Stan, but also the stars Woodkid, Alain Souchon and Louis Chedid, intersect in this multicolored mishmash that is the Nights poster. International companies are also present, including Australians from Circa.

“Obviously, some artists threw in the towel, like the Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, who is 81 years old and does not want to move, explains Dominique Delorme. Obviously, since February 18 and the framework set by the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, we have constantly modified the program and the gauges, but we have succeeded. Curiously, there are also virtues in this difficult story that we are going through: that of working differently. ”

Desire to be positive

Emblematic, the opening of the Nights, the 1is June, is played hand in hand with the Biennale de la danse de Lyon, directed by Dominique Hervieu. This exceptional first wife of the show Alarm Clocks, by South African choreographer Robyn Orlin and singer Camille, gives the temperature in Lyon.

“When Dominique Hervieu came to see me in May 2020 to tell me that she was going to postpone the Biennale, scheduled for September 2020, to June 2021, and that we were going to be in competition, I immediately suggested that we do joint operations, says Dominique Delorme. In five minutes, we came to an agreement. “

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