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Vive le Fringe !

Vive le Fringe ! 2022

From 5 to 29 August

Design by Janill Jardiel

Stevensongs: Stevenson meets the French touch! Setting to music some of the most beautiful poems and letters by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the French duo Fergessen, directed by Nora Granovsky, create a live synthetic-folk atmosphere, where text and music intertwine. An echo chamber for Stevenson’s words to ring both in English and in French. Here starts a sensitive journey towards inner and faraway places. ’For no man lives in the external truth among salts and acids, but in the warm, phantasmagoric chamber of his brain, with the painted windows and the storied wall’ (Robert Louis Stevenson).

Artists Sonia Killmann and Constant Vigier invite you to their house-warming party at the French Institute in Scotland. The set up will be cosy, just like in a living room. There will be live piano and electronic music, dance and projections. Get your party hats on!

An unexpected event will lead three roommates on an intense journey through the adult industry. Missy is utterly traumatised; her world is ending and she can’t believe she’s part of the problem now. Babe is very much excited by what happened, but also slightly offended by other people’s closed-mindedness and on a quest for social acceptance. Honey, not sure how to react and filled with self-doubt, throws herself into research and is the glue that holds the household together. What impact will pornography have on their lives?

Christine Bovill’s award-winning Paris established her reputation as one of Europe’s finest interpreters of French song. In her new show, she travels into the 60s and the Americanisation of French music: le yé-yé. A time of great cultural change in France, would the high art of chanson survive...? This new show offers a sexy and delicious celebration of the Golden Age of French song and how it evolved during the Swinging Sixties. Singing in both French and English she honours many stars including Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg and Francoise Hardy.

Funk Ambassador tae Scotland and Wallace Statue Trustee Jesse Rae brings a new live, immersive music performance wi’ the spirits o’ Parliament-Funkadelic founding member Bernie Worrell and Zapp founder Roger Troutman, filmed in Edinburgh and the USA between 1980-86. Plus new funk in French, celebrating France wi’ Scotland and William Wallace. Vive Funk! Be prepared tae dance!.

Institut Français Écosse 2022