« Combining the lessons of the past,
with the requirements of the present,
to create a better future »
Princess C. de Polignac
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Polignac Festival, I wanted that a new visual would reflect this important step, for the Festival and for the Foundation. That a stamp of lightness and symbolic simplicity would induce the continuity and at the same time would rely elements or concepts, temporarily or apparently separated such as past and future.
In that sense, I considered appropriate to honour the Polignac’s colours : Silver and Red, with a strong symbolism, which inspired the logo of the Foundation :
During the Middle Ages, the young knights of the House of Polignac, before their initiation, displayed a silvery shield as luminous and pure as their youth, their courage and their honesty still intact. After the blood initiation of their first three battles, their shield became a blazon with three red stripes.
This is also a tribute to the ancient and artistic patronage of my family and to the thirty years of happiness and work that we celebrate all together.
A visual which stimulates our imagination may suggest the impression that a strange and fascinating flame full of energy, thrusting nearly audible in its resonant spontaneity flies out from a creation point similar to a black hole, this last one born still enigmatic from the astrophysics : an unknown vortex opening on other dimensions.
Other dimensions proper to music, when it carries us over senses: up to quintessence? Up to the music of the soul, quintessence of our being. This unique and innermost concerto which indicates our identity up to the very heart of our cells well known by the Ancients and currently defined as our frequency signature.
Today, the great Wisdoms, Science and Music gather together with caution and sometimes recognize each other in a new rhythm of intuitive thoughts. On a permanent inventive melody, from the galaxy to the cell, from the universe to the atom, at the heart of the material as well as the immaterial, the immensely large to the immensely small, we are all invited to the co-birth.
Thus, I hope that this visual will make us all dance and sing inside, at the heart of the huge symphony of the world and the worlds of the twenty-first century, and that it will invite you to join the thirtieth anniversary which, in its way, tries to open by the beauty, in the beauty and for the beauty, this reliance between past and present towards a different future.
Facing this delicate « change », but so fascinating one, doesn’t this new conscientiousness wait to reveal all its power that we become really human, by « stepping over wisely » alone and together, why not in music, to the rhythms of our earth and our biology.
Princess C. de Polignac
The festival 2015
Like the new visual, the programming of this thirtieth anniversary has a meaning beyond its eclecticism as well of its vocation to make discover and know young talents.
First, I wanted to honour the Brittany Region (The Domain of Kerbastic is the heart birthplace of this branch of the Polignac family) by inviting its Symphonic Orchestra to open the Festival, with a soloist, a very young and exceptional trumpet player.
I wanted to honour the Auvergne Region, birthplace of origin of the Polignac family, by inviting the Orchestra of Auvergne, for the first closing evening of the Festival.
Beyond this reliance of time and space, a reliance of genus, at the heart of a celebration of the Feminine, weaves the deep framework of this programming. Because there are more female musicians than males musicians, and also because music is feminine and mainly feminine. Music can’t exist without a harmonious balance between the feminine and the masculine parts of each artist. This balance is seen by the rhythm which is specifically feminine. It is the basis of life. Woman has it in her flesh and transmits it through it. So she is the great initiator and was a long time recognized and respected as thus. The Feminine create the humans while the Masculine makes the woman exist.
Isn’t it the essential vocation of music in these troubled times?
The emptiness increased by our culture of the masculine which advocates linearity, hardness, agitation and immaturity at the edge of efficiency and productivity is searching for complementarity: the rhythms of the cyclic time we have lost, the abundant and free fertility, the gestation in calm and interiority, the receptive and happy vitality, and the generous and calm maturity.
I invite you to follow this framework during each of these evenings with :
The Orchestra of Auvergne and the young trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary, whose talented vitality will be our first encounter.
Khatia Buniatishivili will, once more, during her recital, dazzle us with her magnificent technique which allows her to project us at the heart of her passionate world, with as much lightness as explosive generosity.
Nathalie Stutzmann and her orchestra, always so original and inventive in her conducting and her singing.
Greg Ellis and Mehdi Bagheri, two musicians from Los Angeles, will make us discover the powerful and subtle improvisation of the percussions allied to the sensitivity and delicacy of the sacred and traditional Persian music.
The Labèque Sisters, with a magnificent maturity, will offer us an original interpretation of West Side Story, with their percussionists.
The Orchestra of Auvergne and Abdel Rahman El Bacha will carry us into the interiority of the pianist which permit our emotions to go up to the collapse of the matter, and after to rise up to his deep sensitivity up to our own infinite.
Finally, to finish and at the same time to go beyond lineage, times, spaces and genuses, up to our common origins, we will be offered a show allying the Past with the First People, the Present with Sciences and high technology and the Future, thus asking the fundamental question we all depend on today: can we embrace the Earth instead of ablazing it a little more each day ?
Princess C. de Polignac