A unifying cultural event, Nuit Blanche will take over the streets of the capital on the night of October 2 to 3. For this 20th edition, which celebrates the relationships between art and sport, four routes are offered, dotted with multiple artistic events. Here are the performances and installations not to be missed.
“Connected dance”, Mourad Merzouki
Artistic Director of the event, Mourad Merzouki imagined a “Connected Dance” to celebrate the pleasure of being together. On the Town Hall Square, spectators will be invited to participate in a simple, fun and interactive choreography, which will be led on site by dancers. They will transmit to the public the movements to the rhythm of the music of William Rezé, alias Thylacine. To give another dimension to the dance, this moment of sharing will be broadcast live on a giant screen and on the facades of the buildings.
Mourad Merzouki, Connected dance, Place de l’Hotel de Ville (Paris 4th).
“What is it between us”, Tim Etchells
A question for friends, lovers, neighbors, co-workers, and citizens. Within the “Paris Center” route, visitors will also be able to admire the latest neon work by artist Tim Etchells. Called “What is there between us?”, This installation, more than 43 meters long, and composed of letters 3 meters high, will be displayed on the facade of the Center Pompidou. Through this luminous creation, the performer encourages passers-by to wonder about what binds us and what separates us.
Tim Etchells, What is there between us, Center Pompidou (Paris 4th).
«Contact», Nicolas Paolozzi
At the Grande Halle de la Villette, visitors will discover “Kontakt”, the immersive and musical installation by artist-architect Nicolas Paolozzi. It is a living architecture combining sound, light and movement. Interactive, this monumental work acts like a living creature. Immersed in various atmospheres, spectators will have the opportunity to play with her, to modify some of her behaviors and to try to tame this hybrid structure, inside which will resonate the sound creations of the composer Baptiste Martineau.
Nicolas Paolozzi, Kontakt, La Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris 19th).
«Swimming-Pool Party», Barbara Butch
In the “Paris Nord” route, we can also stop at the Georges Vallerey swimming pool, a place which will be taken over by the DJ Barbara Butch. The artist, chosen by Jean-Paul Gaultier to embody the new campaign for their perfume La Belle Intense, will host a “Swimming-pool party”. From 7 p.m. to midnight, revelers will be able to wiggle their hips to his electro and disco sets in the stands, or with their feet in the water. Note that the evening will also be punctuated by shows produced by the French Artistic Swimming Team.
Barbara Butch, Swimming-Pool Party, piscine Georges Vallerey (Paris 20e).
“La Sauvage – Trak Danse”, Robin Decourcy
The French choreographer and visual artist Robin Decourcy invites the public to take part in a Trek Danse, a festive walk that will take place on a GR75 route, between Vincennes and Bercy. On the course, participants will be led to discover archaic games and rites, which will resonate with the landscapes crossed. Through breaks, they will also be able to explore their capacity for perception, relationship and composition with the ecosystem present. Note that you must first register to participate in this event.
Robin Decourcy, La Sauvage – Trak Danse, Palais de la porte Dorée – Simone de Beauvoir footbridge (Paris 12th arrondissement).
“Aire”, Laurent Perbos
Another work not to be missed: “Aire”, by Laurent Perbos, plastic artist who is inspired by popular culture and mass social activities. For this new edition of Nuit Blanche, he will simply set up a tennis court in front of the National Library of France (BNF). But on which it will be difficult to play a match. And for good reason, its land, imitating the beaten earth, will follow the steps of the square, as if it had fallen on it as if by magic. Rendered almost impractical in the rules of the art of traditional tennis, it will turn into an area of projections and critical reflections.
Laurent Perbos, Aire, National Library of France (Paris 13th).
«Velodrama», Mohamed El Khatib
The author and director Mohamed El Khatib will invest the Jacques Anquetil Velodrome, one of the main sites of the 1900 and 1924 Olympic Games. Inside it, he will offer “Velodrama”, a performance produced in collaboration with Pauline Lavogez, Albin de la Simone and the cyclists of the Vélo-club des veterans parisiens, who train every week. These “trackers” from another time will take visitors all night long in an endless loop that will bring back childhood memories and remind us that this one of the most popular sport has no age.
Mohamed El Khatib / Pauline Lavogez / Albin de la Simone, Velodrama, Vélodrome Jacques Anquetil (Paris 12th).
«Roll Bounce by Sonikem»
Notice to roller skating enthusiasts: during this route, it will be possible to participate in the “Roll Bounce”. Organized at the Trinquet Village, this evening brings the festive atmosphere of the American Roller Parties up to date. Dj Sonikem will take possession of the decks from 7 p.m. until midnight. And that the uninitiated rest assured, lessons are planned throughout the evening, which will also be hosted by actor and speaker Hakim Hachouche.
Roll Bounce by Sonikem, Le Trinquet Village, (Paris 16e).
“Champion.ne.s”, Adrien Selbert, Françoise Huguier, Magali Lambert and Maia Flore
This event, which marks the launch of the Cultural Olympiad for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, also offers the opportunity to discover four champions – Arnaud Assoumani, Aya Cissoko, Marie-Amélie Le Fur and Patricio Manuel – through the look from four photographic authors. Actively involved for a cause, these men and women are fighting for a more responsible and inclusive society. It is these sporting, personal and committed facets that the photographers Adrien Selbert, Françoise Huguier, Magali Lambert and Maia Flore have immortalized.
Champion.ne.s, exhibition of photographs by Adrien Selber, Françoise Huguier, Magali Lambert and Maia Flore, Stade Jean Bouin (Paris 16th).
“The Angels”, Lola Gonzales
Via her video “Les Anges”, shot in the peripheral landscapes of Los Angeles, the young artist Lola Gonzales, originally from Angoulême, will show not the flagship images of this emblematic place, but its outside: the borders of city. His camera has followed young people moving through peri-urban, semi-desert and dehumanized regions, where their movements, bordering on dance or trance, adopt animal characteristics. Lola Gonzàlez’s works question the power of the collective as well as its limits.
© Lola Gonzàlez
Lola Gonzales, Les Anges, Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil (Paris 16th).