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Lemi Ponifasio, ‘The Manifestation’, 28.06.2024, Mudam Luxembourg © Mudam Luxembourg
red bridge project: Lemi Ponifasio

The Manifestation

Rassemblant les multiples communautés qui composent la vie et la culture du Luxembourg, The Manifestation est un événement qui impliquera la participation de plus de 150 personnes. Allant au-delà de l’espace physique des institutions, The Manifestation rassemblera les performeurs et le public autour de la cérémonie, de l’art oratoire, de la danse, de la musique et de la nourriture, invitant chacun à participer. L’événement commencera devant le Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg; la procession déambulera ensuite sur le Pont Rouge pour se terminer, après être passée par la Philharmonie, à l’extérieur du Mudam.

red bridge project
The Manifestation
Friday, 28 June 2024

Programme

19:00 | Opening performance

For the opening performance, local community members will gather around a group of ‘demonstrators’ outside the Grand Théâtre, where a reading by the artists, speeches and music will take place.

19:45 | Procession

Lemi Ponifasio and renowned Luxembourg artist and choreographer Elisabeth Schilling will conceive a procession across the bridge. Starting at the Red Bridge towards the Philharmonie, Weaving a Vegetal Web of Care is an immersive performance-promenade, during which participants will carry a delicate thread woven with local flowers and dried herbs.

20:30 | Music, poetry and food

At Place de l’Europe, a convivial event with music, poetry and food will take place featuring two choirs singing in response to readings by residents. All participants and the public will enjoy dishes prepared by a community kitchen.

22:30 | Final performance

Culminating at Mudam, the red bridge project will conclude with a performance by Lemi Ponifasio’s company MAU, alongside members of local communities and various local musical ensembles.

The final performance will act as a symbol of a renewed relationship between communities and their territory and its institutions, taking the form of a ritual – a way for all participants to reclaim the space.

In relation to the performance, a series of photographs, taken throughout the project by students of the Lycée des Arts et Métiers in Luxembourg, will be projected on the walls of the building.

Open Call

Between 17 and 27 June 2024, all members of local communities are invited to join for workshops with Lemi Ponifasio and Elisabeth Schilling at l’Ancien bar du Théâtre des Capucins and contribute to The Manifestation.

Workshops with Lemi Ponifasio and MAU

17 – 21 June 18:00 – 21:00
24 – 25 June 18:00 – 21:00

Workshops with Elisabeth Schilling

20 June 17:30 – 19:30
25 June 18:00 – 20:00
27 June 16:00 – 18:00

Address

Ancien bar du Théatre des Capucins
9, place du Théâtre
L-2613, Ville-Haute Luxembourg
1st floor



Biographie
Le metteur en scène et chorégraphe samoan et néo-zélandais Lemi Ponifasio (1965, Lano, Samoa) est connu pour son approche théâtrale radicale de la «cosmovision» et ses collaborations avec des communautés autochtones. Ponifasio a fondé MAU en 1995, véritable base philosophique et fil rouge de son travail, mais aussi appellation des personnes et communautés avec lesquelles il collabore. MAU est un mot samoan signifiant aspiration à la vérité, dans un souci de changement. Après la chorégraphe belge Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker en 2017-2018 et l’artiste sud-africain William Kentridge en 2020-2021, Ponifasio assure la direction artistique de cette troisième édition du red bridge project, collaboration interdisciplinaire entre le Mudam, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg et la Philharmonie.