Artist Mobility and the Challenge of Borders

with Bernard Foccroulle, Kathryn McDowell, Michele Cantoni and Tom Leick-Burns

in English subtitled in French
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Passerelles Films
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One of the most persistent uncertainties around this edition was whether artists would be able to cross borders in time for the Festival. This year is only a radical reflection of a problem that many artists are already very familiar with, whether for economic, geopolitical, or institutional reasons. What role can networks play in combatting this? Vincent Agrech, journalist and former head of the Music Department of the Institut Français will discuss this issue with Bernard Foccroulle, former director general of the Festival d'Aix and of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Kathryn McDowell, director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Michele Cantoni, director of the Philharmonic in Palestine, and Tom Leick-Burns, head of the Theatres in Luxembourg’s capital city, and enoa member (European network of opera academies, that was founded and has been led by the Festival d’Aix since 2009).

Bernard Foccroulle is an organist. He was the Director of La Monnaie between 1992 and 2007, and Director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence from 2007 to 2018. He composed a cycle of pieces for historic organ and works for voice and instruments. His works include Am Rande der Nacht for Rilke, Due based on poems by Erri De Luca, E vidi quattro stelle based on Dante’s Purgatory, Quatre Mélodies d’après Verlaine, and Zauberland which he wrote in 2019 and is based on poems by Martin Crimp. Bernard Foccroulle is the author of La Naissance de l’individu dans l’art and he also published two interview-books: Entre Passion et résistance, and Faire vivre l’opéra, un art qui donne sens au monde. He received the Leadership Award at the International Opera Awards in 2017 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal and from Aix-Marseille University. He was also named an Officer of Arts and Letters and of the Legion of Honor in France.
After a career as a violinist in Italy, France, and the United Kingdom, Michele Cantoni decided to dedicate himself to pedagogical and artistic projects in Palestine. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Educational Head of several branches of The Edward Said National Conservatory (Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, and Gaza). He was then also the artistic director of the Conservatoire’s ensembles including the Palestinian Youth Orchestra. In 2015, he cofounded the Amwaj school choirs in Bethlehem and Hebron with Mathilde Vittu. He has been an advocate for the Palestine Philharmonic Foundation since 2015.
Kathryn McDowell is Director General of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2005. Before joining the LSO, she was Music Director at the Arts Council in the 1990’s, Director General of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and Director of the City of London Festival. She received honorary awards from the Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was named Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2009 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire en 2011. In 2017, she was named Musician of the Year by Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Tom Leick-Burns is Director of the Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg since 2015. After training in the United Kingdom, he became a theatre and cinema actor. In 2008, he was appointed Production Director at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg before joining the  Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, where he immediately founded the TalentLAB, and then in 2017 the creation residencies Capucins libres. He also developed numerous international co-productions.
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