Two Oscar winning films in English at Nyon cinema

“Still Alice”, the film in which Julianne Moore won the 2015 Oscar for “Actress in a Leading Role”, will be shown at Nyon cinema on Monday 9th March at 20:30. This is an Avant Premiere Monday movie in English. As Alice Howland, Julianne Moore plays a college professor who learns that she is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Still Alice

The second film which won an Oscar for “Best Picture 2015″ is “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton and will be shown at Nyon cinema tonight, Wednesday 4th March at 20:30 and also on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and next Tuesday. The film is a satire of showbusiness and fame.    For full listings at Nyon cinema – see here

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Next GEDS production 3 – 7th March

The next Geneva English Drama Society production is Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel. This play has won the Olivier Award, the Tony Award, the Evening Standard Award and the New York Drama Critics Award. Synopsis below.


Michael, now a young man in 1960, relives the late summer days of 1936, when music on the radio seemed miraculous, the church seemed infallible, and love briefly seemed possible for his unmarried mother and her four sisters. On the west coast of Donegal, the five brave and hardworking Mundy sisters welcome home their frail elder brother Jack, who has re-turned from a life as a missionary in Africa.

The summer is made unforgettable by three arrivals: Uncle Jack, Michael’s prodigal father Gerry, and a wireless radio – the family’s one luxury. Unbeknownst to the sisters, tragic and brutal events will make this the last time the family would all be together.  They step out into the afternoon September sun to enjoy their tea, unaware that this is the best it ever will be.

Cast members are:  Cathy Boyle,  Andrew Brookes, Viki Lazar, Catherine Monagle, Daire O’Doherty, Gemma Parkes, Colin Paterson and Béibhinn Regli.

The play is directed by Charles Slovenski

Dates – 3- 7 March  Tuesday-Friday 20:00  Saturday 19:00 Théâtre de l’Espérance, 8 rue de la Chapelle, 1207 Geneva

Tickets: CHF 30 (seats numbered), students CHF 20 on presentation of student card (must be purchased at the theater on the night of the show)

For more info: See GEDS

To buy tickets:  See here 

Theatre show in English at the Usine a Gaz – 4 pairs of tickets to be won.


There are four pairs of tickets (2 pairs per night) to be won to see “Western Dramedies” at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th February.

This show will be performed in English and the production is based on a travel trip which the actors took along Highway 66, between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

You can read more here (in French only)  To be in with a chance to win tickets, email, and specify which night you would like to attend (Thursday or Friday).  Note: please do not email Living in Nyon for the tickets.

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Nyon girl appearing in Royal Opera House production in London- live streaming Wednesday 21st, 20:30

A dramatic scene from Orfeo– Courtesy of Tristram Kenton for the Guardian


From the Elastique Citrique to Circus Space and beyond….

Lili Parson, a Nyon native has joined the troupe of the Royal Opera House’s latest co-production- a modern version of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the first operas ever made.

Part of the Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s circus school since she was 5, training, performing and teaching there until last year, she left for London in August to join the National Center for Circus Arts (aka Circus Space) with the aim of becoming a professional circus artist. She is currently doing a year’s preparation course before auditioning for several Circus schools across Europe and the world (Brussels, Stockholm, Quebec, London…).

Lili performing in Nyon

Although she has already had some pretty impressive experiences, performing this year in Denmark at the European youth circus festival, and participating in 2013 in Labo’Cirque, a three week program aiming to give a near-professional experience to promising young Swiss circus artists through the creation of a show, the Orfeo performance is of another scale.

Produced by the Royal Opera and the Roundhouse, this daring new version of Orfeo uses an English translation of the original text, is performed on the circular stage of the Roundhouse and features a collaboration with the East London Dance Company. Lili is one of 14 young artists from dance or circus backgrounds chosen by the Company to support the singers throughout the play in a series of acro-dance pieces, giving the Opera a grounded and embodied bonus.

Lili performing on the Cyr wheel at Labo’Cirque

Although Lili’s main discipline is the Cyr Wheel- a huge ring in which she turns and performs acrobatics (you can see her in action here) she is a multi-talented artist and has been taking dancing and theatre classes as part of her year at Circus Space. She auditioned alongside some 30 people and was chosen to perform in this great experience! The rehearsals- a whole day a week since the end of October, and some more intense work over the Christmas holidays- were added to her already full schedule of training and getting ready for the Circus auditions at the end of the year, a pretty spectacular achievement!

Orfeo started on the 13th of January, to appraising critics acclaiming the freshness and directness of the production. The Royal Opera has decided to offer a free live streaming of Wednesdays the 21st’s performance, on its website. The Opera will begin at 20:30 Swiss time, at this location.

You can read a review of the Opera here.

You can catch a glimpse of Lili in this sneak-peak video.

Manau Chao exhibition in Montricher

If you are looking for a place to visit, either to entertain guests or for a short drive out into the countryside then the current art exhibition at the Jan Michalski foundation in Mont Richer is worth a visit. The Michalski building is devoted entirely to literature, has an impressive brand new library and currently has an art exhibition called “Manwoz”, a collaboration of work by musician Manau Chao and artist Jacek Wozniak.  The building itself is an extraordinary structure high up in the middle of of the Vaud countryside! The exhibition runs until the 21st December.

Michalski building

Opening times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 14.00 to 18.00

Admission: CHF 5 (adults) 3 CHF (students, pensioners, unemployed, groups, IV)  Free for all under 18 years of age and residents of Mont Richer

Parking available.