Alvin Ailey at the "Seine Musicale", figurehead of Western Paris

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Alvin Ailey at the "Seine Musicale" by Esprit de France
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This context stages Les Étés de la Danse, offering 5 different programs of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Following the failure of the Pinault project, which was to be installed on the former site of the Renault factories, other exceptional projects had been considered without being convincing. For twenty-five years, hopes of seeing this place acquire a new identity had gradually been lost.

The Seine Musicale, the latest architectural jewel of the Parisian city, has revived the island Seguin, which is emerging as the new pole of cultural attraction for Western Paris. This great success is due to the architect duet formed by the Japanese Shigeru Ban and the French Jean de Gastines, who had already partnered for the Center Pompidou in Metz, another architectural achievement reknowned for its lightness and elegance. The Seine Musicale is part of the general urban plan designed by Jean Nouvel for the whole of the island and embraces the shape of its headland. The edifice plays with the reflections of water as it appears to sit on the Seine. The auditorium itself, which seems to be floating on the river, has an egg shape protected by a glass-fiber hexagonal mesh which is the signature of the Japanese architect. It is partially protected from direct sunlight by a fourty-five-meter-high mobile sail that follows the course of the sun and is made up of photovoltaic panels. The whole building, which looks both like a nest and a sailboat, is also a walking area inviting to climb a staircase onto the roof of the building and stroll in a kind of suspended garden. The 360°-panorama offers a vista over Paris, Boulogne-Billancourt and the hills of Meudon.

The interior has a large hall and an auditorium dedicated to dance performances and all kinds of music. Jean-Luc Choplin, the former director of Chatelet, is responsible for the programming. This context stages Les Étés de la Danse in July, offering 5 different programs of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, an African-American company known for its style mixing African sensuality, jazz, modern dance and musicals, in which each part of the body appears to be autonomous. Through the various performances, we will discover the company's musts and the latest creations.