La Folle Journée Music Festival 2017
May 4th–6th (Thursday –Saturday, consecutive national holidays)
Tokyo International Forum, Otemachi/Marunouchi/Yurakucho area
Organizer: Tokyo International Forum
Planning and Production: CREA/KAJIMOTO
La Folle Journée (literally “The Crazy Day”) started in 1995 as a classical music festival in the northwestern port city of Nantes, France. The festival invites artists from all over the world to give top-class performances lasting about 45 minutes each from morning until night at affordable prices.
In Japan, La Folle Journée has been held every year since 2005 during the Golden Week holidays. There are about 350 concerts held during 3 days, as well as other kinds of events―such as programs for children, master classes, lectures ―filling the streets with music and designed for the enjoyment of the old and the young.
Artistic Director René Martin
Dance is the most primitive form of expression, and since ancient times, dance has always been intertwined with rhythm and music.
This year’s La Folle Journée traces the intimate connection between music and dance over the span of more than 600 years from the Renaissance to the present day. The performances promise to electrify the concert halls with dynamism and infectious energy.
|Works inspired by folk dances||Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Dvořák: Slavonic Dances; Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances; Granados: Spanish Dances; Falla: El amor brujo; Akira Ifukube: Japanese Suite, etc|
|Works from the world of ballet||Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Nutcracker Suite; Stravinsky: The Firebird, the Rite of Spring; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro; Shostakovich: The Golden Age, etc|
|Works influenced by folk dance styles from the Renaissance to Romanticism||J.S. Bach: Suite for Solo Cello, Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Symphony No. 9, Violin Concerto, Triple Concerto; Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, Mazurkas, Polonaises, etc|
|Works from the 20th century inspired by world music||Ravel: La Valse; Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances; Glass: Concert Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra; Bartók: Dance Suite; Stravinsky: Circus Polka; Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango, Oblivion; Márquez: Danzón No. 2, etc|