L’Elastique Citrique celebrates its 20th anniversary, Church fair this weekend and more


Started in 1994 by François and nini Pythoud, Nyon’s circus school has grown to become an important part of the cultural life in Nyon and the region. Over 300 children take circus classes there every week, and out of those half a dozen have continued to become professional circus artists. To celebrate their 20th, they have decided to re-imagine their first show ever with these professional artists and their partners. The show Rouge, will be played seven times at the théâtre de Marens in Nyon. The première is on Thursday the 25th and the show is on until Thursday 2nd of October, building up to the weekend of the 3rd-5th of October, which will be a weekend of celebration at the Caserne, next to the Perdtemps square.

Professional artists who will be part of Rouge! performing at the beginning of the Knie show in Nyon- Courtesy Eric Bakker

Four different shows will be played by the different troups of the artists who started of at l’Elastique Citrique, as well as a disco party on Saturday the 5th with Time Machine, an 70’s-80’s disco and funk cover band. There will also be an open stage showcasing acts from some of the younger members of the school, and a big brunch on Sunday morning, followed by a ballon release to celebrate in style. Food and drinks will be catered by the team from “La Roulotte”.
L’Elastique citrique also created an act which was performed at the beginning of the Knie show which was in Nyon last week.
For the whole program and to book tickets for the shows and for the brunch, head to their website.
You can check out some of the artists performing in the show here

Vaud athletics championship
The cantonal athletics championships take place on Saturday the 27th at Colovray stadium. Athletes will compete from 8:00 to 18:00, and the entrance is free

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La Côte Church Autumn fair

As a reminder, this Saturday, La Côte Anglican church is holding its  Autumn Fair in Founex. Check previous post for more information on the event.

Annual exhibition and music
L’alpage, an artist’s studio cum art school is holding it’s annual exhibition. Paintings made during lessons will be exhibited and there will be music and rock showcases. Sunday the 28th, from 14:00 to 18:30, at 4, ch. de Bonmont. More info about l’Alpage here

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New Paléo poster out!
Paléo has brought out next year’s poster. Created by an agency from Geneva, it’s actually three different posters, which link up as a big one, showcasing some weird creatures inspired by the wacky Paléo crowd. The line-up won’t be released until early April 2015, but week-long tickets will be on sale in December, and are a perfect Christmas gift.

From Rock to Jazz, a musical month in Nyon- concerts and more around town

Autumn is back, which means going back to school for the young ones (not much fun), but also the new cultural season for all venues in Nyon (loads more fun). We are lucky to have a rich cultural offer in Nyon, between the theatre and concerts at l’Usine à Gaz, the Conservatoire’s classical concerts and La Parenthèse’s edgy musical discoveries. Here are a few shows coming up in Nyon.

Usine à Gaz

Swiss band Adieu Gary Cooper will be giving a free concert on Friday the 12th, as part of the café-concert promoting local bands.

Adieu Gary Cooper- courtesy Laura Morales

Saturday 13th sees the return of the venue’s now famous DJ nights, “Coquillages et crustacés”, as part of their 20th season. Come and dance to two decades of hits through the night. The evening is free to all born in 1995.

On the 20th, Motel Tour is organising a US Car Show. The event starts at 4 pm – join with your pre-73 American creature !
The evening will continue with a movie session at 9 pm – a unique chance to see
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) on a wide screen, before ending the night with DJs The Sons of the Desert playing true rockabilly tunes.

La Parenthèse

The venue located in a reconverted wine cellar hosts free concerts twice a week. Their program is eclectic and made of the best of the new bands on the independent scene, from rock to psych-pop and folk. A lot of the bands who play in this venue then go on to play at Paléo and get quite famous. Look out for a number of collaborations with festivals and other venues during the year, which will bring some diversity and fun to the town. You can get a taste of the first of these collaborations on Thursday the 11th of september with American band Quilt‘s psychedelic grooves and pop harmonies, presented by La Batie festival, a contemporary music and theatre festival taking place until the 13th of September.

Quilt- courtesy Daniel Dorsa

Le Pulse will share their love for soul music on Saturday 13th, promoting this quartet’s latest album

On Thursday the 18th Dan Sartain, hailing from Alabama, will rock the venue before a DJ-set on the 19th.

The Besnard Lakes- courtesy www.bar-laparenthese.ch

Canadian band The Besnard Lakes, who have played with the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor among others, are on on Saturday the 20th. Their psychedelic pop, inspired by an eclectic aray of styles, from the Beach Boys to post-rock, has made them minor celebrities in Canada.

The next concert hosted by the Conservatoire de Nyon will take place on the 26th of September with jazz quartet Zatar, at 20:30.

Big Brocante this weekend, “Hairspray” musical next week, 1st night Luna Classics a success

It’s the annual big Brocante this  Saturday and Sunday in Nyon and it’s also the Fête des Pirates! Take a free trip on the lake on the piarate’s Nyolue boat! Stands, food and fun. Details here Note it is also the last few days of the open air cinema in Nyon. The film showing tonight Friday 22nd August is “The Giver” starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Details here Pirates On the 29th -31st August the Really Youthful Group’s production of “Hairspray” will be performed in Nyon. “Hairspray” is a social commentary on the injustices of American society in the 1960s. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on a local TV dance programme. When our unlikely heroine wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity  overnight and meets a colourful array of characters. She then  launches a campaign  to  break down the rules of segregation in force in American society at that time. At the heart of the struggle for civil rights is a black family who play a central role in the story and sing one of its most famous songs. Traditionally, Tracy’s mother, Edna Turnblad, is portrayed by a male actor.

The Broadway production won eight Tony Awards in 2003 and  ran for  over 2,500  performances.  In 2007 it was adapted as a musical film, starring Zac Efron and Michelle  Pfeifer, and in 2010 commenced a successful run on London’s West End. The  production is acted and directed entirely by the GAOS Really Youthful Group. More details here

Hairspray

 The first night of Luna Classics saw almost a full house to hear pianist Nelson Goerner, and clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, perform under the big Luna tent in Nyon. Founder and director of the festival Hazeline Van Swaay Hoog, began the evening by thanking the town of Nyon for agreeing to host the prestigious festival. She also remarked that even though there had been a few teething problems (getting the whole event set up in the transition between St Prex and Nyon), she felt they had pulled it off and she was looking forward to the next 12 days of music, dance and theatre.  See here for the full programme and for ticket details.

Helpful tip for those going to Luna Classics. It can be a little chilly towards the end of the evening under the tent, take a wrap, sweater or jacket to be comfortable. Photos below scenes form the 1st night under the tent!

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 Photo above – director Hazeline Van Sway Hoog welcoming the audience IMG_4243 Paul Meyer and Pedro Franco-Lopez IMG_4251 Elisabeth Meyer – Soprano IMG_4262 Argentinian pianist, Nelson Goerner IMG_4269 IMG_4284 IMG_4295

Stage set for Luna Classics, FAR festival underway and Jval Rock Festival next week

The Luna Tent has now been installed alongside the château of Nyon and the stage is set for the start of Luna Classics, the prestigious classical music and arts festival which will run from the 19th – 31st August in the town. The opening night’s performance under the big “moon” tent will be Nelson Goerner on piano, Paul Meyer on clarinette with the Menuhin academy soloists and young talents of 2013 . There are still tickets available for some of the main events and for performances in the Temple of Nyon. Tickets for concerts in the Temple start at just 30 CHF. IMG_3751

Meanwhile, the annual festival of living arts (FAR) began in Nyon on the 13th August and continues until the 23rd at different venues around the town.  This year the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. For the full programme see here Photo below  – FAR parade in the old town of Nyon. FAR 2014

Next week the last of the local summer music festivals, the “Jval” Open Air rock and music festival will take place on the 28, 29 and 30th of August in the lovely setting of the vineyards in Les Serraux Dessus (near Begnins). Free navettes (buses) will be provided from both Gland and Nyon to this festival,  parking at the festival is restricted and car sharing is encouraged!  See here for map and times of buses. affiche_jval_2014-212x300   A variety of acts are on the line up from the rock of Belgian band BRNS to Polar. See full programme here. Video below – Polar with ” I want your soul”

Comedy in English – Baby with the Bathwater

Like many new parents, Helen and John are not quite sure what to do with their newborn. What should they name it? What should they do when it cries? How do they deal with a deranged nanny, a baby-snatching house guest, and a slavering German shepherd with a penchant for eating babies? All the usual parenting dilemmas.

“Baby with the Bathwater” written by Christopher Durang and directed by Viki Lazar is the next production to be performed by GEDS, the Geneva English Drama Society and will take place from March 11- 15  at the Théâtre de Centre de l’Espérance, 8, rue de la Chapelle, in Geneva. 

The play follows Helen, John, and Daisy through the trials and tribulations of Daisy’s first thirty years: school, family disputes, and narcissistic authority figures. 

The cast includes: Rachel Benyair, Gary Bird, Annelies Bouissou-Breman, Ciara Goldstein, Minzi Lam Meier, Susan Leather, Masha Neznansky, Charles Slovenski, Sonja Steidle, and Rosie Watley.

For more information and tickets click here

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