A LOOK AT THE SCENES
From October 5th to the 25th, FAB is crossing geographical borders with the performing arts
Persist or die out? Get by or thrive? Bordeaux’s recent history with performing arts festivals is patchy. There was a time, a while ago, when Bordeaux had the big festival get-together of the continental and transatlantic avant-garde crowd, Sigma. Collections of archives, study days and dissertations still bear witness to this exceptional event that ran from the end of the 60s to the early 90s (sigma.hypotheses.org). What followed in its wake- Novart and Evento- had their moments in the sun before being judged as irrelevant and lacking edge, living in the shadow of their illustrious predecessor. No longer. Bordeaux’s literary disposition coupled with its penchant for the digital world make it a playground for the creation and diffusion of contemporary shows. Since last year, FAB- le festival international des arts de Bordeaux Métropole- has taken up the mantle and apparently successfully so. The festival organiser, Sylvie Violan, has more than played her part, having previously headed the Carré des Jalles for years, then the Carré-colonnes: two audacious stages on the outskirts of the Bordeaux conglomeration that focused on innovation, contemporary staging and its accessibility to a wide audience. FAB’S fun events, its perspectives on contemporary art scenes and the thirty shows of this second year look likely to ensure its status, offering locals and visitors a rare occasion to meet the vision of the creators of our time, whether they be from here, Europe, the Middle East or South America.