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Pick of the month  | November 2018


 
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What's on at the meg in November ?

 

This November, the MEG has quite a few outreach activities for visitors who don't speak or understand French. As ever, Baby Bazar makes music for and with small children, for instance. And if you still haven't seen the Africa: Religions of Ecstasy temporary exhibit, we suggest you pair your visit with an Angolan fortune telling basket workshop, a colourful Burundian drum extravaganza or just be naughty and make a candle for Santa’s dark side...

 

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November - MEG

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Fusions

FUSIONS
 

World Music Festival

Geneva’s world music experts, the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie (ADEM) are celebrating the richness and coherence of cross-cultural influences in traditional music this November. From the Mandinka guitar to the Ottoman cello, from Arabic-jazz maqâm and the polyphonic vocal folk traditions of the Mediterranean to imaginative Mongolian overtone singing and the ritualistic origins of The Rite of Spring, come and have your ideas about “ethnic” music pleasantly challenged. Concert venues include the Alhambra and the AMR.


 

 

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1 to 11 November - Different venues

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Afterwork MAH

MAH Afterwork “Refaire le portrait”

Art and Culture Social Evening

“Refaire le portrait” in French slang means “to rearrange someone’s face (by punching it up)”. Obviously, in the context of the Art and History Museum’s famous MAH Afterwork happy hours, it’s an amusing play on words with portraits, painted or otherwise. Although the MAH Afterworks are not, strictly speaking, an English-language activity, they are a wonderful occasion to socialize around art and culture (speed dating inspired by the MAH’s famous portraits), listen to some cool live music (DJ Riddler and La Fanfare du Loup will be on hand), try your hand at silkscreen printing or just walk around the museum in the evening and discover new faces, painted or otherwise.
 

Adults

15 November - Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève

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Musée Ariana

COME ON BABY LIGHT MY FIRE/GUSTAVE REVILLIOD

Ceramic Arts Exhibition/History

It seems hard to believe that the palatial Ariana Museum was built for just one man’s private collections. Before becoming the Swiss Museum for ceramics and glass, it was built for Gustave Revilliod, a wealthy and learned art and artefact collector. The Ariana is honouring Revilliod’s memory in a retrospective of his life and eclectic tastes, while at the same time asking two distinguished experts to curate an exhibition of pieces from the museum’s contemporary fire arts collection (hence the cheeky title of their exhibition), creating an interesting dialogue between Revilliod’s past and the Ariana’s present.

 

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2 November 2018 to 10 March 2019 - Musée Ariana

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OSR FIRST CENTURY

OSR FIRST CENTURY
 

Celebrating a hundred years of music

Jonathan Nott and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande musicians present a week of concerts from 26th to 30th November, followed by a week-end at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, free entry on 1st and 2nd December. All through the month of November, discover a light and music installation, Street Light Orchestra - a mapping on the Victoria Hall - a book, and a CD box set of exclusive recordings!



 

 

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26 November to 2 December - Various venues in Geneva

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We're inspired

 

 

Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov

Opera

Lovers of Russian opera, rejoice! The Geneva opera house is putting on one of the great blockbusters of the Russian repertoire: Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, in its more concise and sombre 1869 version. Inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s play, the opera tells the story of a man who became czar in the late 16th century and ruled Russia humanely, trying to open it to the world but could not stop his country sinking into poverty and chaos. The gifted Russian bass Mikhail Petrenko sings the title role and the staging is by the flamboyant if controversial German director Matthias Hartmann. Paolo Arrivabeni conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

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Until 15 November - Opéra des Nations

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Bobby

Bobby McFerrin

Jazz, Pop

A lot has happened since the easy-going vocalist from New York City told the world not to worry and be happy! A few more grey hairs haven’t dampened Bobby Mc Ferrin’s youthful, singable energy one bit. He can tackle Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee”; he can riff tirelessly to the chords of “Indiana”, he can wed his vocal chords to a simple gospel tune and make it fly elegantly to heaven on the velvet wings of song. You got November darkness blues on your mind? An evening in this gentleman’s company is guaranteed to change that!


 

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9 November - Victoria Hall

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OONA DOHERTY AND FOOFWA D’IMOBILITE

Oona Doherty and Foofwa d’Imobilite

Dance

A double bill at the adc featuring the young Irish artist Oona Doherty and veteran Geneva dancer and choreographer Foofwa d’Imobilité. Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus is the title of Doherty’s solo performance, inspired by the bodies and attitudes of men in the streets of Belfast, letting their deep, earthy rhythms inspire her dance. Her Genevan colleague presents DANSONgS, a piece for two dancers, which considers the body as music, and dance as a protest song, giving hope through rhythm. Both artists will follow their performances with a film.
 

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14 to 18 November -adc - Salle des Eaux-Vives

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WAHADA (THE PROMISE)

Wahada (The Promise)
 

Ballet

The Geneva Ballet Company’s first production of the season is an entire evening dedicated to the French choreographer Abou Lagraa’s idea of a spiritual journey, carried on the wings of WA Mozart’s C minor Mass. In a subtle mixture of classicism and urban energy, Lagraa develops a dance characterized by fluidity, abandon, virtuosity and harmony. It is the promise of a breath of harmony that frees the body, like a healing balm of simplicity and freedom. The promise of a poem written on the bodies of the dancers.
 

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27 November to 2 December - Opéra des Nations

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