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2024 Jubilee: the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Roy Hart Theatre in Malérargues
We look forward to a very special jubilee year in 2024 celebrating 50 years since the arrival of what became known as “the first 49”.
In the summer of 1973, Lucienne Deschamps, together with Viviane Young and Davide Crawford first set eyes and hearts on Malérargues, the future home of the Roy Hart Theatre, now the world renowned Centre Artistique International Roy Hart dedicated to the transmission and research of work on the human voice without boundaries.
On July 1st 1974, the “magnificent seven” pioneers with big visions and brave voices, including Johannes Theron and Rafael Lopez Barrantes, arrived in Malérargues to begin the enormous work of renovating the property to make it liveable. From June 25 to July 1, 2024 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in history, with a reunion of the members of the “First 49” who arrived in groups of three and four over the following months and were finally all reunited in April 1975.
They will return to Malérargues to teach workshops and masterclasses, to perform, to exchange, and to celebrate the fruits of their efforts and the future of their legacy in collaboration with the new generations of teachers, students, researchers, and residents of Malérargues. Saule Ryan, Ian Magilton, David Goldsworthy, Kevin Crawford, Margaret Pikes, and Pascale Ben will all offer morning workshops. Lucienne Deschamps, Stephen Rivers-Moore, Penelope Kreitzer, Ivan Midderigh, Rafael Lopez Barrantes, and others will offer afternoon masterclasses and/or presentations, and there will be performances in the evenings presented by Kaya Anderson, Pascale Ben, Lucienne Deschamps, Stephen Rivers-Moore, and Daniel Rivers-Moore, in collaboration with others. Ivan will also be curating a photographic exhibition for the event and we’re even reserving a few surprises to be announced closer to the dates!
This will be a unique opportunity for all students and teachers of the voice work in the Wolfsohn, Hart and Roy Hart Theatre tradition to meet and work with the first generation.
The workshops will be online for enrollment shortly, along with the full programme of activities and performances. Stay tuned!
Cheers to our new octogenarian!
Please note that an article in our last newsletter erroneously identified Benjamin Rivers as Israeli. Benjamin is in fact a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom. Please accept our humble apologies Ben!