An unusual opera in the Beaubourg parking lot

The Opera Comique in the parking of the Center Pompidou with Christian Boltanski, Jean Kalman and Franck Krawczyk

An unusual immersive opera in the parking lot of Centre Pompidou? Quite an intriguing happening... All the more when it’s signed Christian Boltanski, Jean Kalman and Franck Krawczyk, respectively plastician, lighting specialist and composer.

An unusual immersive opera in the parking lot of Centre Pompidou? Quite an intriguing happening... All the more when it’s signed Christian Boltanski, Jean Kalman and Franck Krawczyk, respectively plastician, lighting specialist and composer.

An ephemeral installation

The principle? The Centre Pompidou has teamed up with Opéra Comique to create Fosse, an unusual underground artistic experience, totally timeless, where music and echo mingle harmoniously with the gesture of the spectator—invited to stroll in the middle of the scenography… Where each one lives and interprets the spectacle in their own way—very amusing!

The rendezvous is taken below the famous Parisian museum where the tone is quickly set. In addition to the place, for the least unusual and underground, it’s the entire space that is transformed in consequence with playful lighting, numerous instruments, electric guitars x chellos and the amazing soprano voice of Karen Vourc’h accompanied by her 32 choirsts. Impressive.

In short, a highly mystical artistic performance, which unveils what usually cannot be seen—without any frontier between the artist and the visitor.

And afterwards ?

Since we are there, why not go back upstairs to check out the retrospective exhibition “Faire son temps” focuses on the works Boltanski, before wolfing down some delicious tapas and/or a minced beef risotto (€12.60) at La Mangerie, while sipping a good mojito (€11): the recipe for happiness.


Representations of 50 minutes each, from the 10th to the 12th of January, beginning at 7pm, seats starting at €14, reservations opera-comique.com

Parking du Centre Pompidou, level -1

© Hervé Veronese

Also discover the pop exhibition Pierre et Gilles at the Philharmonie de Paris.

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