On Thursday January 25, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Musée d’Orsay organizes a great evening around the “Degas Danse Dessin” exhibition. The exhibit will be open to all and completed with guided tours, drawing lessons and poetic tours. The whole for free for visitors under 26 years old!
Blasting prejudices, dusting off and rocking the museums’ too-quiet walls seem to be the motivation for the “Curieuses Nocturnes” regularly organized by the Musée d’Orsay (that recall the Before of the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac).
The current exhibition being devoted to a poet’s book (Paul Valéry) about the work of a painter and drawer (Edgar Degas) who made every effort to represent dancers in their times, seems to be the next “Curieuse Nocturne” devoted to dialogs between arts!
Proof of it with this ultra-joyful program:
- Quand les libraires s’en mêlent… [When booksellers get involved]
Bookshop, level 0, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Exceptionally and throughout the whole night, the museum’s bookshop offers you 5% discount on bookshop articles and 15% off on picture products, in the whole store. So, don’t think twice!
- Art&Bar: live fresco in tribute to Degas at Café Campana
Café Campana, level 5: 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Between danced performances and in tribute to the greatest masters, modern artists perform works of the exhibition on a giant paper wall. Come along and see live creators while enjoying our famous “Curieuse Formule” Happy Hour.
- Et bien dansez maintenant! [Now Dance!] Symphonie de Poche live concert
Nave, central aisle, level 0, 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Being able to take away opera with you? Undoubtedly one of Degas’s secret dreams who used to spend entire days there. Under Nicolas Simon’s direction, the Symphonie de Poche takes over and rearranges the great ballet and opera themes in lighter and unexpected versions. Accordion, harp or even marimba, the fourteen musicians of the ensemble tame classical music for you!
- Brigade Poétique Volante, spéciale Paul Valery
Through the whole museum, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Whispered, declaimed, sung, it doesn’t hurt to revise classics. Throughout the night, young comedians from the Brigade Poétique Volante will roam the museum’s nave to make you discover Valéry’s and Degas’s verses.
- Degas, Danse, Dessin, discovering the exhibition
Exhibition, level 5, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Following Paul Valéry’s work Degas Danse Dessin as a main thread, the exhibition explores Degas’s work through the poet’s eyes. An intimate and poetic tribute to celebrate the centenary of the great master’s death.
- Meeting with Edgar D – Discovery session with Artips
Auditorium, level -2, 7:30 p.m.
An artist as inventive as quiet, an inveterate single with a fierce irony, Degas leaves behind him an enigmatic biography… Artips team rolls up their sleeves to tell you about this mysterious character with a luminous work. Impressionist works, aristocratic family and models are invited to unravel the mysteries.
- Dare drawing!
Whether you’re a skilled drawer or a doodler, tonight, Orsay helps you out when it’s time to face the blank page. To make your first steps in the world of drawing, the museum offers to each participant a drawing notebook and a pencil. Accompanied and advised by students from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, go and look for inspiration in the rooms and awaken the drawer in you.
- Living model at the Salon de l’Horloge
Level 5 (Salon de l’Horloge), 7:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Degas’s nudes and the exhibition sketches have you dreaming? Tow living models from Paris Fine Art school expect you at the Salon de l’Horloge reset as a workshop especially on the occasion.
- Inspiring meeting, carte blanche to Olivier Dubois
Auditorium, level -2, 9 p.m.
Is it possible to be a professional dancer without looking like an athlete? “You must resist!” By building his career around this question, Olivier Dubois has been shaking dance codes up for year. The Musée d’Orsay offers an inspiring meeting with this huge artist and former manager of Ballet du Nord elected among the best 25 dancers in the world.
So, let’s run there! You’re likely to find us there!
Picture: Edgar Degas (1843-1917), Seated Dancer, circa 1881 and 1883, pastel on brown paper applied on cardboard, 62x49cm, Paris, Musée d’Orsay, donation by Gustave Caillebotte, 1894 ©RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Last updated on 19 January 2018