For those who are not busy organizing a last-minute Valentine’s Day, this weekend of February 12 and 13 is full of cultural events not to be missed: the newscast has selected four ideas for outings in Toulouse and its surroundings.
Photography… in the shadow of the living
Through photography, the Toulouse David Siodos does not pretend to describe the universe that surrounds it. He rather aims to share feelings, sensations. With his exhibition called “In the shadow of the living”, the artist strives to show a difficult world from a human and poetic angle. But it’s still David Siodos who talks about it best: “The living are jostling each other… Their body language seems canceled that once again, their delays are unavoidable. Prisoners of their schedule, and forced to apprehend life under pressure, the passers-by capsize. All of them have the illusion of having a hold on their lives. Few really benefit from it. The recumbent figures no longer simulate. Some are even enchanted by this decadence. This turbulent world sends them back to their disillusions. Are these men and women who stand outside of time not more in touch with reality? These are the questions that, I believe, motivate my excursions. Through the series “In the shadow of the living”, I have endeavored to follow individuals who wander, work or live on the outskirts of life…”
Practical information: “In the shadow of the living”, until April 3, Tuesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
at the gallery of Toulouse Water Tower. Information: 05 34 24 52 35. Free admission.
The First World War on stage
Show the unspeakable of the First World War. This is the ambition of the Compagnie Les parcheminiers, which presents its show “Aux Champs d’honneur”. Four dancers, two musicians and a designer combine their art, which develop and feed off each other throughout this work which touches the depths of our humanity. On stage, the drawing, the dance, the music and the voices summon all our senses to merge the front and the rear of a war without measure and without mercy, of which here is the picture:
On August 1, 1914, general mobilization was decreed in France. Families are breaking up and everyone is convinced that the absence of their loved one will be short-lived. But the months pass, then the years, the war gets bogged down in the trenches. At the front, the men are exhausted. Death, blood, cold, mud outline the days of a gloomy and ghostly daily life. In the back, the women organize themselves so that life goes on. In the fields, in the factories, and even in the heart of the home, it is now women who alone assume the burden of collective subsistence.
November 1918, the armistice is signed. The men return home, broken, traumatized. The life before will never come back to them. But their family awaits them, to whom they have never ceased to cling and who will have to deal with what they have become.
Practical information: “Aux Champs d’honneur”, Saturday February 12 at 8 pm, at the Hall Comminges in Colomiers. Single price: 10€. Information: 05 61 15 23 82. Online reservations.
The rantings of Manu Galure
After a tour of more than two years, on foot, Manu Galure puts his piano, or two, on the stage of the Jacques Brel hall in Castanet-Tolosan. Atypical artist and joyful troublemaker of the French song, he takes us with his accomplice Lorenzo Naccarato in his universe where music and DIY mingle, the time of an evening.
On stage, a grand piano and an upright piano. Two pianists, one of whom sings. We see them tampering with the strings, taking apart the instruments and each song surprises with new sounds and strange noises. And if listening to prepared pianos is a surprising experience, watching musicians tinker with their instruments is a prosperous moment. We find Manu Galure still as electric, but who settles with delicacy, between two moments of crash, a sweetness and a tenderness that we do not suspect him.
Picasso on the Capitol stage
Picasso is surely one of the painters of the 20th century who worked the most for live performance and especially dance. He thought of making ten ballets, including six for the Ballets Russes for which he designed stage curtains, sets and costumes. For “Toiles Étoiles”, the second part of the “Picasso et la Danse” cycle, Kader Belarbi – dance director of the Théâtre du Capitole – proposed to three Spanish choreographers, from different choreographic cultures, to bring into play three stage curtains from Pablo Picasso. Between flamenco dance revisited by Antonio Najarro (Tablao), a new exploration of gesture with the couple Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez (The Afternoon of a Faun) and the fluidity of movement by Cayetano Soto (The Blue Train), the dancers of the Ballet du Capitole will be invited to a promise of daring encounters around Picasso’s famous stage curtains. A meeting between two arts to discover without delay.
Practical information: “Toils stars”, Sunday February 13 at 3 p.m., at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. Prices: from €20 to €63. Information: 05 61 63 13 13. Online reservations.