Isabelle Olivier Spring Newsletter 2017
"Fantasy is an eternal spring" Johann Friedrich von Schiller
In March, which is the beginning of spring, I am delighted to introduce my new project «In between» at the Theatre du Marais in Paris, then in Chicago, New York, Versailles, Janvry, Paris ... We invite the poet Jacques Dor, Actress and stage director Elise Chatauret, musicians Fraser Campbell, Devin Gray, Raphaël Olivier, Hugo Proy, David Peycha, Dré Pallmaerts, painters Elise Glickman, Mapie Guillaud and Esperanza Gama, naturalist Sean Shaffer, haRpy Choir, students and we will associate all the inhabitants of the area involved with this reflection on “In between”.
The residence began with the Natural Park of the High Valley of Chevreuse, Villa Le Notre in Versailles, Chicago Park District in Chicago allowing it to intermingle with the public, the artists and specialists of all the disciplines concerned with the theme.
A questionnaire is offered in the form of an interview with the different publics, also discussions, artistic proposals always different according to the places and invited artists. The subject will be enriched by workshops and master classes offered to different generations.
As the next meetings unfold, we will forge links, questions, unique moments that will bring us together on both continents and will result in public recordings.
Then we will have the chance to play in June "Don’t worry, be haRpy" on the Hermione - replica of the Lafayette ship that is docked at Rochefort. What a wonderful symbol of the French-American friendship and the best sign of freedom!
In July I will have the honor of creating a special performance on Gauguin in association with the team of the Art Institute of Chicago for an exhibition which will be held all summer in Chicago and which will then be presented at the Musée d'Orsay.
Thank you to all our partners who allow this project produced by Metamorphose to be solidified: Region Ile de France, Departmental Council of Yvelines, Departmental Council of Essonne, Natural Park of the High Valley of Chevreuse, Foundation Villa Le Nôtre, Chicago Park District, SPEDIDAM, SACEM, Salvi.
For me, to paraphrase Johann Friedrich von Schiller, spring is a dynamic season with the blossoming of nature, accompanied by a permanent fantasy.
Looking forward to welcoming you soon “In between” which I hope you will find enchanting as much as the jazz opera“Don’t worry, be harpy”.
A new teaser music by Isabelle Olivier
A new teaser music by Isabelle Olivier, video by Guillaume Levis
Don’t worry, be Harpy. Vol.2
grow and ripen like a tree which does not hurry the
flow of its sap and stands at ease in the spring gales
without fearing that no summer may follow. It will
come. But it comes only to those who are patient,
who are simply there in their vast, quiet tranquility, as
if eternity lay before them. It is a lesson I learn every
day amid hardships I am thankful for: patience is all!
Letters to a Young Poet / Rainer Maria Rilke
After 3 years of sustained creation, we will introduce the large form of the jazz opera "Don’t worry, be Harpy" with our French-American dream team and our guests: the E Gospel Choir and the HaRpy Choir. This year it will take place in France and the United States with 70 artists and technicians. What a joy to announce the June 2016 release of “Don’t worry, be haRpy volume 2” under the Enja / Yellowbird distributed by Harmonia Mundi in France and Allegro in the United States. It will be followed by 4 French shows on June 17th at Le plan in Ris Orangis, June 19th in the Castle of Chamarande, June 20th in Sunset in Paris, and June 21st at Potager du Roi in Versailles! These shows will be an assortment of cultural events before including a singing master class weekend in this wonderful setting of Villa Le Notre in Versailles on May 14th and 15th 2016. All singers from beginners to professional levels are welcome to share wonderful and gratifying moments during this special time. Then, on July 13th, we will present this large ensemble at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago – USA, with a Chicago based Gospel Choir. We also suggest master classes with all singers the week before the show.
We thank all our partners who have made my dream a reality, artists and great musicians throughout this project, the outstanding technicians, the Non Profit Association Metamorphose, which produces the opera, and our international audience that follows us throughout the various stages in France and the United States. Stay quiet and open minded as Rainer Maria Rilke suggests and let’s celebrate together "Don’t worry, be Harpy" freely inspired by "The Baron in the Tree" by Italo Calvino! ISABELLE OLIVIER