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Croisements Festival 2013: your definitive guide

The French cultural festival spans myriad artistic styles

This years Festival Croisments, a French cultural experience, brings music, dance, cinema, circus, theatre and visual arts to Beijing's front door. Here's our top five list.

Croisements Picks

1 Pause by Lynn Pook and Julien Clauss, June 21- June 30
Reminiscent of something out of a science fiction film, Pause allows you to 'touch' sound. Co-hosted by Luma Lu and Yuanfen. For more information see our event page.




3 Duchamp and/or/in China, April 27 - June 16
Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise is a collection of many of the artist’s best works, gathered and displayed as miniature reproductions. See our event page.





4 La jeteé, June 15
A POW who is haunted by a single, recurring image of a woman's face, is chosen as test subject for time travel to rescue mankind in the aftermath of WWIII. For more information, see our event page.




5 Yo Gee Ti, June 15
Choreographer Mourad Merzouki, comes to the city once again with lively and poetic movements. See our event page.





Tickets are available from various locations; see event pages for detailed information.


Starting May

Jean-Pierre Raynaud, recent works Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, May 18 - July 30 10am See the latest works by the French artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud.

Starting June

Mix 2 Times Oriental Palace Theater, June 11-12, 7:30pm Enjoy this circus act as French comedic duet performs for families in Beijing.
Members Only Oriental Palace Theater, June 13-16, 7:30pm Members Only, the story of two associates whose relationship takes a turn for the worse, debuts in Beijing for the first time.
A Room in the City June 14-16, Kempinski Hotel Enjoy a repertoire of room theater that combines texts, actors, and audience.
Pause, Lynn Pook and Julien Clauss Yuanfen Flow Gallery, June 21-30 A sensory, auditory, and interior experience that incorporates five hammocks, speakers and a network of sensors.
Masks, Beauty of the Spirits National Museum of China, June 17-August 16, 11am Art exhibit features 100 masks that reveal the stories of different cultures from around the globe.
Lisa Portelli Mao, June 27, 9:30pm Listen to 24-year-old Lisa Portelli sing rock and strum her guitar at Mao.
Beijing Music Day Gulou dajie area, June 21, 6pm 33 local acts play in the Gulou dajie area for free on June 21.
Duchamp and /or/in China Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, until June 16 Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise is a collection of many of the artist’s best works, gathered and displayed as miniature reproductions.
Masques, Beauty of the Spirits A selection of 100 masks representing the deities and spirits from all around the world.
Chris Marker Retrospective: Les statues meurent aussi and La jeteé China Film Archive, June 14, 7pm onwards Double-bill followed by a discussion led by acclaimed film critic Li Yang (Blind Shaft). Le statues is an essay film about historical African art and the effects of colonialism, towards a history of the overlooked and the forgotten. La jeteé is about a POW who is haunted by a single recurring image of a woman's face and who is chosen as a test subject for time travel to rescue mankind in the aftermath of WWIII.
Chris Marker Retrospective: 2084; Une Journée d'Andrei Arsenevich and La jeteé China Film Archive, June 15, 1 pm onwards Triple-bill; 2084 is a critique of France's trade union movement, while Une journée is a loving homage to Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky explored in Marker's inimitable montage style. La jeteé is about a POW who is haunted by a single recurring image of a woman's face and who is chosen as a test subject for time travel to rescue mankind in the aftermath of WWIII.
Chris Marker Retrospective: Loin du Vietnam China Film Archive, June 15, 4pm onwards Omnibus agit-prop with contributions from Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, Claude Lelouch and others, protesting the Vietnam War.
Chris Marker Retrospective: Le joli mai and Sans soleil Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, June 30 Le joli mai is a journalistic survey of people on the streets of Paris in the wake of the Algerian War. Sans soleil is completely unclassifiable and quintessentially Chris Marker.

Starting July

Philippe Jordan conducts the China National Symphony Orchestra National Centre for the Performing Arts, July 3, 7:30pm Hear Tchaïkovski’s music program performed by a Chinese orchestra conducted by Philippe Jordan and accompanied by first violin Frédérique Laroque.
A look on the young French creation Visual Art Center, July 3-15, 10am See 30 years of French photography at the Visual Art Center.
Visual Symphony National Centre for the Performing Arts, July 3-15, 3:30pm See exhibition that links music and visual art.

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