© Emeric de Souancé

Concert

Embark on a musical journey through the verses of Ronsard, Verlaine and Victor Hugo with Les Fauristes. London French choir Les Fauristes, conducted by Blandine de Raulin and Maud Maestracci and accompanied on the piano by John Evanson, will take you through 500 years of courtly love and nature in chanson française with a programme including Renaissance madrigals, old folk songs, 19th century great poetry, pieces from Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and much more…



8pm
£15, members £13, students £5


© David Prudhomme

Performance

Musician Mathieu Boogaerts will team up with illustrator François Olislaeger and graphic novelist David Prudhomme to offer a lively performance mixing music, songs and live drawing: a rhythmic and original concert combining the best of Chanson française with live graphic improvisation.

Related event:



Related / Latest Publications:
François Olislaeger, René Magritte vu par..., collectif, avec Gabriella Giandelli, Miroslav Sekulic, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Éric Lambe, David B. (Centre Pompidou / Actes Sud, 2016)
David Prudhomme, Mort & vif (Futuropolis, 2017)
6pm
£7, conc. £5


Learn more about
Mathieu Boogaerts François Olislaeger David Prudhomme

© Stéphane Mahot & Eric Audebert

Drawing Session

In the run-up to their evening performance French graphic novelists François Olislaeger and David Prudhomme will lead a Drink and Draw session, during which they will guide their guests through the basis of drawing and composition, while simultaneously enjoying an informal chat about their outlook on art.

Related event:



Related / Latest Publications:
François Olislaeger, René Magritte vu par..., collectif, avec Gabriella Giandelli, Miroslav Sekulic, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Éric Lambe, David B. (Centre Pompidou / Actes Sud, 2016)
David Prudhomme, Mort & vif (Futuropolis, 2017)
5pm
£9, conc. £7


Learn more about
François Olislaeger David Prudhomme

Virtual Reality

What if VR was not a new tech gadget, but in fact a way to explore new narrative paths and a tool to experiment new genres and forms? How would it be to meet Frankenstein in person, or to revisit the story of the Little Match Girl floating in a dreamlike city in the clouds? And what about discovering new stories immersing yourself in brand new ways of writing, traveling in imaginary worlds from the Institut's sofas? Put a headset on and go beyond reality with us.

Free access in the Institut français’s foyer (15-minutes slots)



4pm

Staged Reading

Translated and directed by Keziah Serreau, Pauline Peyrade’s play takes us through five moments of an abusive relationship, from the first meeting to the break up. Each moment is an attempt to flee from obsession and dependence and to fight to reclaim one's self. To exhaust oneself in order to reawaken, to destroy to rebuild, to reinvent to understand and to distance in order to get closer to oneself. Each experience explores a heightened state that reveals the relentless strength of refusal and resistance that we carry deep within us, like an eye that never lowers its gaze, like a strongly clasped fist.

Starring Alex Austin, Akiya Henry and Kandaka Moore.

As part of the Institut français’s Cross-Channel Theatre programme

Related events:



Related / Latest Publication:
Pauline Peyrade, Poings (Les Solitaires Intempestifs, 2017)
2pm
£7, conc. £5


Learn more about
Pauline Peyrade

© Laurent Geneix

Concert

Described as the embodiment of the Renaissance spirit, the multi-awarded Doulce Mémoire ensemble has been touring around the world for thirty years. They perform extracts from their new CD-book release: Leonardo Da Vinci, The Hidden Music, paying tribute to the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance genius. The programme sets to uncover the secret music behind some of Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings.



Related / Latest Publication:
Doulce Mémoire, Léonard de Vinci, la musique secrète (Alpha Classic, 2019)
7.30pm
£15, members £13, students £5


Learn more about
Leonardo Da Vinci

Talk & Readings

Part 1 - Victor Hugo at Home

From The Hunchback of Notre-Dame to Les Misérables, Victor Hugo’s works are known, read, studied and loved all over the world. Over a century and a half later, his literary influence and his social and political commitments are as relevant as they were then. To mark the re-opening of Hauteville House, the residence of Victor Hugo during his exile in Guernsey, Gérard Audinet, Director of the Paris and Guernsey Maisons de Victor Hugo will be in conversation with Laura, Marie and Jean-Baptiste Hugo as they share knowledge of their ancestor's home and present their recently republished Hauteville House: Victor Hugo décorateur (Paris-Musées, 2016), in partnership with Benjamin Spademan Rare Books.

Part 2 - Victor Hugo's Legacy

Following this, French and British biographers of Victor Hugo Jean-Marc Hovasse and Bradley Stephens will reflect on how one of world literature’s largest bodies of work has come to enjoy global appeal and still influences French and British artists.

Original artwork by Marie and Jean-Baptiste Hugo published in the book will be exhibited from May 17th to 31st at the Benjamin Spademan Rare Books Gallery, 14 Masons’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU

https://www.benjaminspademan.com/new-events
https://www.facebook.com/benjaminspademan

Related event:



Related / Latest Publications:
Gérard Audinet, Eros Hugo: Entre pudeur et excès (Editions Paris Musées, 2015)
Jean-Marc Hovasse, Victor Hugo, tome 2 : Pendant l'exil (1851 - 1864) (Fayard, 2008)
Jean-Baptiste Hugo, Marie Hugo et Laura Hugo, Hauteville House : Victor Hugo décorateur (Editions Paris Musées, 2016)
Bradley Stephens, Victor Hugo (Reaktion Books, 2019)
7.30pm
£15, conc. £13


Learn more about
Gérard Audinet Jean-Marc Hovasse Jean-Baptiste Hugo Marie Hugo Laura Hugo Victor Hugo Bradley Stephens

© Margaux Shore

Concert

Frànçois Atlas will perform songs from his album Les Fleurs du mal: a series of musical adaptations from poems by France’s great spleen-loving poet Charles Baudelaire, including classics such as À une Passante or Parfum exotique. Reuniting the sensuous rhymes of Baudelaire’s decadent poetry with oriental sonorities, Frànçois will recreate the doomed, romantic ambiance of the late 19th century.

Related event:



Related / Latest Publication:
Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil (Alma Classics, 2016)
8.30pm
£7, conc. £5


Learn more about
Frànçois Atlas Charles Baudelaire