Greater Paris: ten ideas for enjoying the Nuit Blanche


For its first spring edition, this Saturday, June 3, the Nuit blanche will sail around the Seine in a program that leaves a lot of room for live performance. With a high concentration of artistic projects in the Greater Paris Metropolis, out of the hundred artistic projects presented, it will be broadcast, for the third year in a row, as far as Le Havre, via Rouen. The river reference served as a source of inspiration for Kitty Hartl, who is once again leading the artistic direction of the event, after that of the 2022 edition.

Under the influence of the movie Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog, where a wacky engineer seeks to build an opera around the Amazon River, the Seine and the Parisian canals will occupy a central place in the course. The programming also resonates with the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, under the label of the Cultural Olympiad. A ping-pong tournament accompanied by DJ sets, a Mexican wrestling show, yetis on rollerblades or the acrobatics of a lion dance will illustrate the link maintained between sport and culture.

Opera over the water

Gramophones will play tunes by legendary performers from the early 20th century.

Two moments conceived by the singer and director Mauro Gioia, with Kitty Hartl, will be dedicated to opera. On the side of the Arsenal basin, an “Opera River” will pay homage to the Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog, with gramophones on board gondolas and dragon boats that will broadcast the tunes of legendary interpreters from the beginning of the 20th centurye century.

On the Île de la Cité side, a soprano on the streets of Paris will hear the air of The Habanera of Carmen through a half-open window and won’t resist following the music. Lyrical singing will be done “Street Opera” in the open air: sopranos, tenors and baritones, scattered in duets and choirs along the river or in the gardens of the Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis, will sing the great tunes of the repertoire , bel canto from Rossini to Puccini, from Verdi to Bizet. With the participation of Christophe Barroso and Marie Pascale Vasconi, choristers from the Opéra national de Paris and students from the municipal conservatory of 11e arrondissement.

From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Bassin de l’Arsenal (Paris 4e), Quai de la Rapée; on the Saint-Martin canal (Paris 10e), between the Grange-aux-Belles bridge and the rue Dieu swing bridge and between the rue Eugène-Varlin and the Bichat footbridge; on the Ourcq canal (Paris 19e), between Pont de Crimée and Boulevard Sérurier; on the Ile de la Cité, square du Vert-Galant, 15, place du Pont-Neuf, Paris 1er (7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.), and Memorial to the Martyrs of Deportation, 7, quai de l’Archevêché, Paris 4e (every half hour from 7:15 p.m., last session at 9:45 p.m.); on the Ile Saint-Louis (Paris 4e), place Louis-Aragon, quai de Bourbon (10 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:15 p.m., 12:15 a.m.), and square Barye, 2, boulevard Henri-IV (10 p.m., 11 p.m., midnight).

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