What’s on this weekend at the Printemps des Arts festival?

Printemps des Arts festival

From Sophie Lacaze’s ‘The Boundless Stuff of Dreams’ to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s ‘The Salt of the Earth’, this weekend’s Printemps des Arts programme will blend theatre with film and the traditional with the modern.

Following on from our coverage of the opening days of the Printemps des Arts festival, which officially began on 13th March, here are this weekend’s highlights.

See more: Printemps des Arts 2024: what to expect from the opening days of the festival

On Saturday 16th March, a series of masterclasses will be hosted by renowned cellist Henri Demarquette at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice. Later, a conference entitled ‘The Earth According to Gustav Mahler’ and led by musicologist Jean Castellini will unravel at the Auditorium Rainier III.

The concert that follows will feature musicians Lucile Richardot, Stefan Cifolelli and Het Collectief under the baton of Gregor Mayrhofer. They will present a rendition of Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ in a chamber version transcribed by Reinbert de Leeuw alongside Mahler’s ‘Quartet for Piano and Strings in A Minor’.

The evening continues at the Théâtre des Variétés with the world premiere of ‘L’Etoffe Inépuisable du Rêve’ – The Boundless Stuff of Dreams in English – by Sophie Lacaze. This chamber opera, brought to life by the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain under Bruno Mantovani’s musical direction, will delve into the dreamtime of Australian Aboriginal culture in an ode to nature and our planet’s fragility.

Transitioning into Sunday 17th March, the festival will be screening ‘The Salt of the Earth,’ a documentary directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. This event explores the profound work of photographer Sebastião Salgado.

The day will conclude with a concert by Henri Demarquette at the Galerie Hauser & Wirth, where the cellist will embark on a solo journey through the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Benjamin Britten.

The full programme can be found here.

Check out our reel of the Printemps des Arts’ opening night below:


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Photo source: L’Etoffe Inépuisable du Rêve, Facebook