The sail of glass and metal is in place, ready to turn around the immense futuristic sphere, at the mercy of the solar cycle ... It is there, in the middle of the Island Seguin, coiled in the west elbow of The Seine, that Paris is endowed with a new musical city, the well named Seine Musicale.
The Insula Orchestra ensemble, led by the conductor Laurence Equilbey, kicks off this new and exceptional space dedicated to music and dance. In the La Seine Musicale auditorium, the inaugural concerts of April 22 and 23, 2017 will feature Mozart and Beethoven, who form the basis of the repertoire of Insula Orchesta, but also Berlioz and Carl Maria von Weber.
A program led by a young and talented generation of French artists: opera singers such as soprano Sandrine Piau, baroque repertory specialist, mezzo-soprano Anaïk Morel, tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac, baritone Florian Sempey, and Bertrand Chamayou on the piano ...
In another register, the day before and in preview, a unique concert by Bob Dylan will make the event. The legendary artist and Nobel Prize winner of 2016 literature occurs on April 21 at 8:30 pm.
The beginnings of the Seine Musicale are also the opportunity to host the 13th edition of Les Etés de la danse and five programs of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. We will be able to vibrate at the rhythm of the great classics and the new creations of the famous American company from 3 to 22 July 2017..
A new architectural icon for the west entrance of Paris
The new musical city is open to all and all music and presents itself as a destination in its own right. The Grande Seine can accommodate 4000 people seated and up to 6000 in sit/stand configuration, and is dedicated to current music. The layout of the stands has been designed to give viewers the closest proximity to the stage and the best possible visibility.
As for the auditorium, it has 1150 seats and devotes itself to classical and contemporary non-amplified music. It promises an exceptional acoustic and its design aims to create a feeling of intimacy between the public and the musicians in a case covered with undulating wood.
The complex, which marries the downstream point of Seguin Island on 2.5 hectares, was designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines. In particular, the architects designed the large sail adorned with more than 1000 m² of photovoltaic solar panels, rotating around a wooden netting, which follows the course of the sun.
A unique identity that will surely become a symbol for the western entrance to Paris. Beyond its cultural vocation, La Seine Musicale also presents itself as a space of well-being, visits and walks open in a landscaped park of more than 7000 m2 ... To discover without waiting!