Sarabandes ready to invest in Vaux-Rouillac

Remembering Johnny Hallyday as an excavator will close the Sarabande festival on Sunday, June 26th quite accurately.


Remembering Johnny Hallyday as an excavator will close the Sarabande festival on Sunday, June 26th quite accurately.

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The village is already taken over by the festival in 2010, but in one day. “This time we are going to stay there for three days with a very, very wide range of art forms” launches Joel Breton on deck with the team and volunteers of La Palène who this year find a post-COVID configuration. The program of 30 shows and 80 performances promises to be even more eventful than in previous years.

We welcome the flourishing of unique art in France to such an extent that La Palene enjoys national recognition today.

Joel Breton will still have to wait before handing over the reins to La Palene: his successor is not expected to take over this week.


Joel Breton will still have to wait before handing over the reins to La Palene: his successor is not expected to take over this week.

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Sculptures, paintings, textiles or installations, 30 exhibitions will be seen in the gardens and barns opened by the inhabitants of Vaux-Rouillac, from the broken faces of Bernard Briante to the scarred bodies of Robert Keramsy, passing through the fabulous compositions of Françoise Couxac. . “We welcome the flowering of unique art in France to such an extent that La Palene today enjoys national recognition, rejoices Joel Breton, who was invited from Germany, Mexico and Burkina Faso to fill it with musical programs. Bands often influenced by world music, such as the afro-blues-rock of the Tuareg of Bafang or the flamenco-rock of the Australians of the Opal Ocean, who mix genres. »

Trance, ranting and poetry

Visual shows such as Mater by Avis de Storm, “A magnificent tribute to mothers whose acrobatic acts are imbued with tenderness and poetry.” Wacky theater is once again unusual with Chris Cadillac’s “Las Vanitas” performance or the deep and moving one with Sbam’s “En avant les filles”, which evokes feminist lyrics, outright laughter as well as yellow laughter. Laugh and contemplate, as in the case of “Perikoptô”, the rant of “Crowded Company” about the rise of a politician. “A show of incredible accuracy to understand why we came to this, on the verge of social and environmental divide”– says Joel Breton, who was fascinated by Foco Alaire’s hypnotic walk, “Seven Mexicans who put the audience into a trance with the repetitive work of Manu Chao. A form we’ve never seen before in the Sarabande.”

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“Sarabandes” in Vaux-Rouillac from 18:00 Friday 24 June to 22:00 Sunday 26 June. Detailed program on the website www.lapalene.fr.

Back to the start of Joël Breton’s succession at La Palene

Will the Sarabandes in Vaux-Rouillac, about to be fully completed, be the last with Joël Breton as conductor? Nothing is known when her successor, announced as the head of La Palène, Sandrine Prunier, was forced to resign this post. “A decision made for personal reasons, to her great despair, which she announced to us on the very day she was due to arrive this week,” regrets Joel Breton who has scheduled construction before the end of the year to hand over the reins to this big boat that runs the season of live performances, exhibitions and the Sarabande festival on Ruyas. Why next? Everything will depend on the meeting scheduled for next week between the association and its partners, the city of Rouillac and the community of communes. “Are we starting from scratch, resuming recruitment, or are we calling back the candidates we interviewed? The decision will be collective.Joel Breton continues as 25 people applied for the position and six were selected for interviews last winter.