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Playing an instrument is pleasurable, yet it takes discipline, rigor and practice. Musicians have to mask that and, through the virtuosity of their playing, convey only the pleasure.

The French singer Amelie McCandless, performing at the FIMU in Belfort.

Belfort For 30 years, Pentecost weekend in Belfort has been filled with music thanks to the Festival International de Musique Universitaire. There’s all sorts of music, as diversityof both performing groups and types of musicis the watchword at the event. More than 100 ensembles from 32 countries perform 200 free concerts. The atmosphere is always festive, because for musiciansamateur or professionalplaying and performing are the ultimate reward.


Las Vegas Rigoletto, a central but ambiguous character in the eponymous opera, is both the jester who entertains the court at Mantua and a loving and protective father. He encourages the duke in his debauchery, shamelessly indulges in mockery and plays with words, but does so in order to protect himself, a deformed and much-taunted man, and his daughter, Gilda. This tragicomedy revolves around a curse that afflicts the hero who, without knowing it, leads his daughter to her death. The king is no longer amused.


Noisy-le-Sec Only the music has survived from Debussy and Nijinsky’s ballet Jeux, the choreography having vanished into thin air. Starting out from a minor argumenta tennis ball that has gone astray in a parkDebussy composed a lively score in which the elaborate rhythms and repetitions evoke movement. Continuing her research on Nijinsky, Dominique Brun has come up with a scholarly re-creation of the ballet, drawing on period accounts, photo archives and drawings, to breathe new life into this “danced poem” (Jeux’s subtitle) that was all too quickly forgotten.


FIMU-Festival International de Musique Universitaire

Jusqu’au 5.06.2017


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