First weekend of Le French May 2015 (1-3 May)! [fr]
Le French May 2015 has officially launched with a series of events at the festival weekend! Opening Celebration of Le French May 2015 (1 May), Invader’s Exhibition (1 May) and the Chamber Opera "La Double Coquette" Cocktail Reception (2 May).
Inspired by a traditional French style of “bal populaire” (public dancing), the public were invited to join the art-fun fusion weekend across Invader’s exhibition, music performance by Jo Bithume Company Brass Band, Lions for Lions, Go Girls! and TWGHs Yow Kam Yuen College Orchestra; animations by graduates of the French institute Les Gobelins; movie trailers of the cinema programme of Le French May this year; video game to test the public’s knowledge about Le French May; and of course booths of French food and drinks showcasing French gastronomy.
A lighting ceremony of the digital art piece, VS-150 created by the French group Visual System, was carried out to officially launch the festival on 1 May 2015. Officiating guests of the ceremony included: Ms. Karena Lam, Ambassador of Le French May 2015, Mr. Arnaud Barthelemy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Dr. Andrew S. Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Le French May, Ms. Candy Yip, Brand Manager of Carlsberg Hong Kong, Mr. William To, Director (Creative & Programme) of PMQ, Mr. Valere Terrier, French artist of the group Visual System; Mrs. Elisa Ghigo-Barthelemy, Prof. Kevin Thompson and Mr. Kin-Lap Ho, Board Directors of Le French May; Mrs. Anne Denis-Blanchardon, Consul for Culture, Education and Science of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Mr. Julien-Loic Garin, CEO of Le French May.
Iconic alias pieces of the French street artist Invader’s invasion in Hong Kong, mosaic works in the city inspired by popular culture like Hong Kong Phooey, Popeye or Pac-Man, as well as never-before-seen new works like videos, LED artworks, a monumental sculpture tribute to Bruce Lee and new RubikCubist artworks were displayed at The Qube PMQ.
Officating guests of the exhibition opening on 1 May 2015 included: Dr. Andrew S. Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Le French May, Mrs. Elisa Ghigo-Barthelemy and Ms. Pansy Ho, Board Director of Le French May, Ms. Lauren Every-Wortman, Curator of the exhibition.
The world-premiere of "La Double Coquette" was the first performance to open this year’s Le French May. It was an ambitious project which brought together Baroque music (Antoine Dauvergne’s score in 1753) with contemporary music "additions" by composer Gérard Pesson, the 18th century libretto with modern scenario by poet Pierre Alféri, son of the important 20th century French philosopher Jacques Derrida. A perfect amalgam of the present and the past, it was performed by the award-winning Amarillis Ensemble and three acting singers. It staged a modern story reminiscent of a farce by the 18th century French dramatist Marivaux, with two women competing for the same fickle lover. The costumes were designed by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Annette Messager, adding color and flights of imaginative fancy to Baroque aesthetics, contributing to a lyrical work of great style.
Officiating guests of the pre-concert cocktail reception included: Mr. Arnaud Barthelemy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Dr. Andrew S. Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Le French May, Mr. Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Ms. Michelle Li, Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Mrs. Elisa Ghigo-Barthelemy, Prof. Kevin Thompson, Board Director of Le French May, Mrs. Anne Denis-Blanchardon, Consul for Culture, Education and Science of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Mr. Julien-Loic Garin, CEO of Le French May.