Zazie, Marc Lavoine and Gerard Depardieu are expected at the Festival de Ramatuelle


The 35th edition of the festival of Ramatuelle, which will be held from 1 to 11 August in the Var, reveals in details its programming. This year, artists as diverse as Marc Lavoine, in the opening concert, the soprano Natalie Dessay, the humorist Caroline Vigneaux but also Gérard Depardieu in his great tribute show to Barbara performing in the theater of Ramatuelle and its 1200 berths open to the sky. Michel Boujenah, of which this is the 11th edition as a director, you are talking about…


I think the longevity comes from the magic of the place and of the work of a very close team, “says Michel Boujenah on the site of the festival. With Jacqueline [Franjou, who created the festival with Jean-Claude Brialy, ED], we kept the memory of Jean-Claude Brialy. I liked this festival when I played in 1986, today, I am happy to be the artistic director. There has been both a harmony of the era of Jean-Claude and I have brought my choices through discussions with Jacqueline. Initially, I came for a year, this is my eleventh year, I have the impression of having arrived yesterday. It is gone very quickly. Ramatuelle continues. This festival dominates everything.


In addition to his programming is impeccable and eclectic, this edition 2019 closed on Depardieu sings Barbara, the magnificent spectacle in which the actor interprets, in a staging minimalist, leaving the whole place to the emotion, the greatest songs of his friend Barbara. The lady in black was playing at a festival in Ramatuelle in August 1990. Gérard Daguerre, her pianist, was accompanying him as he will again Depardieu this summer. “I had started a musical project in which Gérard Depardieu is grafted with a great pleasure for me, tells the story of the pianist on the site of the festival. I think it is more than a tribute. It is very personal as history. I had the good fortune to spend fifteen years with it. Here, it is more a question of reviving the songs in another way with Gerard, who interprets it in a way sublime. (…) Singing Barbara sounds simple, but it is not at all. I have not at all helped Gerard to ask his voice, he has not taken any singing lessons. I think it is a born musician, because without even give him the tone, he in the tone of the song perfectly and very few do it. It has a perfect ear, it is unheard of.

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