The 2014–2015 cultural season of Alliance Française Toronto will organise itself around five themes and the two dimensions our founders hold dear: space and time. Space as a constant invitation to travel and discover of far-off francophonies like the ones in Morocco, Haiti, or the sub-Saharan Africa. Time to go back through history to the 20th century and its two major confl icts—Paris at the time of Baron Haussmann and Antiquity with its gods and heroes.
The discovery of local artists is another important element: Torontonians Samantha Clayton, Diane Roblin; Québécois Yves Léveillé and his trio, the jazz band Trifolia, Tango Boréal as well as the painter Marie Rioux. And to travel beyond our borders: French artists like the pianist Olivier Chauzu, the historian and fi lm critic Antoine de Baecque, the Great War specialist Annette Becker, as well as Laurent Coq’s jazz trio and many more popular in France. In total, more than 200 artists will meet on the stage of our new theatre.
Last but not least, this season will greet for the fi rst time an artist settled in Toronto: Jacques Israelievitch, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. This peerless violinist will offer 4 concerts, each attuned to one of the season’s themes: a Mozart concert for the kids, a concert about Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, the third about World War II built around the quartet of Olivier Messiaen, and finally The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky conducted by Uri Mayer.
20th Century's Torments
2014-2015: A year long commemoration of the two largest armed conflicts that mankind has ever experienced. 18 and 60 million lives were lost, respectively, with more than 60 countries involved during WWII. The duty to remember such worldwide tragedies is self-evident. Concerts, films, lectures and theatre will help us to identify the numerous consequences the two world wars had on the victims, soldiers and civilians, but also on the artists.
Europe Canada: Converging Views
On November 9, 1989, 25 years ago, mass demonstrations caused the fall of the Berlin Wall. A symbol of the ideological and political division of the Cold War, the Wall of Shame left a lot of scars that are still visible today and continue to inspire many artists and cultural trends. We now have the opportunity to look back on the Old Continent’s history, its worldwide influence—sometimes painful—regarding the economy, the politics and the art, as well as to explore its relations with Canada. From Toronto or from Québec, several artists will give us their own vision of Europe.
Sciences and Mythologies
From mythical and spectacular epics populated by heroes with extraordinary powers to the rigorous, verifiable and reproducible investigation of scientific merit, everything theoretically seemed to oppose mythology and sciences. However, literature, cinema and arts like to combine them and make us see what the world of tomorrow should be. Cédric Villani, awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and Bryan Perro, author of the famous children’s series Amos Daragon will be, among others, on our guest list to explore this unlikely relation.
Francophonies around the World
Key players regarding Francophonie around the world, the Alliances Françaises play the part of transmission, promotion and development of the French cultural values; especially Alliance Française Toronto since it is part of a bilingual country. 2015 will give us the chance to commemorate the 400th anniversary of French existence in Ontario.
Francophone cultures from Morocco, Haiti and Africa will also have a place of honour during special occasions.
Paris, City of Lights
Concerts, exhibitions, theatre, films and lectures give a spotlight on the city of lights. From jazzy ballads to classical melodies, a guided tour will take you along the urban transformations the city had gone through during the 20th century, stopping to celebrate the anniversary of emblematic artist Camille Claudel: passionate, modern and genius sculptor, with her love letters staged by Torontonian group La Tangente.