Lise De La Salle. Photo: Stéphane Gallois.

When Do We Dance?

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November 19, 2020

French pianist Lise de la Salle has created the programme for her Festival concert around what she considers to be two of the most important components of music; rhythm and movement.

During the 2021 Bergen International Festival, Lise de la Salle will be performing in the medieval Håkonshallen 4 June. Her concert programme in entitled 'When do we dance?' and is an ensemble of short and attractive pieces. Together the works create a journey through four different cultures: France, Spain, the Slavic countries and finally USA, with music from early jazz, ragtime and transcriptions by the American jazz pianist Art Tatum who transferred several classical works to jazz style. Piazzolla's Libertango, Bartók's Romanian folk dances and Ravel's Valse nobles et sentimentales are among the other works in the programme. 

Lise de la Salle made her first record at 14, and has since convinced critics again and again with her prize-winning albums and international concerts.  Gramophone Magazine described the pianist from Northern France as 'a talent in a million' and Washington Post wrote that the audience had to remember to breathe for much of her concert. She has established herself as one of today's exciting young artists and as a musician of real sensibility and maturity. This is her first performance at the Bergen International Festival.  

Events planned for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be launched throughout the autumn and winter. It is likely that plans for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be affected by the pandemic. By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, while knowing that the final festival programme may look different. The festival will follow the health authorities’ orders and recommendations, and wants to create safe conditions and the least possible inconvenience to our audience. Therefore, ticket sales will not start until the spring.

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