This edition is dedicated to the memory of Pierre Bergé, whose commitment to artists and their work continues to guide us.

Whether it be its affirmation of human diversity, refusal of frontiers, or unerring search for new, undiscovered forms extending far beyond our immediate horizons, the driving forces behind the 47th edition of the Festival d’Automne à Paris remain unchanged: With its international outlook, pluridisciplinary nature and insatiable thirst for the new, the Festival continues along its journey of supporting artistic creation in France and throughout the world.

In this new edition, we would like to invite you on a voyage around forty-eight venues in and around Paris. Alongside our partners, we produce, coproduce and host around sixty artists from all over Europe and beyond (Japan, Brazil, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco, among others). Together, we will go from art centres to theatres, and from concert halls to places of our cultural heritage, taking in the public space with a participatory Slow Walk. At the Beaux-Arts de Paris, the visual artist Nairy Baghramian will be presenting her work for the first time in France with the series Maintainers.

This year, two new Portraits will be added to the series of monographs launched in 2012. The first one, dedicated to the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reaches unparalleled proportions. Consisting of more than eleven pieces - dating from 1982 to the present day - presented in twenty partner venues, it also features a major week-end event, initiated by the CND Centre national de la Danse. Dedicated to the transmission of existing works, the event centres around a series of workshops, screenings and solos. Spectators, of all ages, will be given the opportunity to experience thirty-five years of creative work. The second Portrait is dedicated to the music of Claude Vivier, and is the first time a monograph of the work of the Canadian composer (1948-1983) has been presented in France. A disciple of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and with close links to Gérard Grisey, he travelled throughout Asia and composed around fifty works. This Portrait is composed of five programmes, one of which, Kopernikus, a ritual opera of death, the libretto for which he himself wrote, will be staged by Peter Sellars

We will also be giving Festival audiences the opportunity to discover new generations, from all over the world, and their capacity to blur our habitual points of reference. Hideto Iwaï, from Japan, for example, will be creating his first work in French, inspired by the lives of the participants - professional and amateur alike - he encountered in Gennevilliers. Closer to home, from the United Kingdom, Alexander Zeldin’s piece LOVE brings the world of social care to the stage.
At the same time, a number of French artists, with whom we have developed an ongoing relationship, will be present: Sylvain Creuzevault (since 2006), Pierre-Yves Macé (since 2012), Noé Soulier (since 2013) and Julien Gosselin (since 2014). This year’s edition also sees a number of young artists presenting their work at the Festival for the first time, including Laetitia Dosch, Émilie Rousset, Géraldine Martineau, and Marion Siéfert. Lastly, at the Festival’s invitation, a number of artists will also be making the journey from Japan, with whom the Festival has been developing links for forty years. Among them will be living legends of kabuki, three generations of kyôgen masters, the towering figure of Saburo Teshigawara and upcoming directors such as Toshiki Okada, Kurô Tanino and Takahiro Fujita.

In accordance with our unceasing commitment to the opening up of new paths and artistic transmission, we have developed, in connection with the invited artists, numerous initiatives aimed at wide audiences. Every year, our initiatives reach out to thousands of school children and students, giving them access to other cultures and contemporary art forms.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Festival team for their immense hard work. I would also like to extend my thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Mairie de Paris, and Région Île-de-France, as well as our major patron, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, and all the members of the Amis du Festival d’Automne à Paris association, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
General director