Let BAM be your guide to Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Festival d’Avignon
World-class art meets worldwide adventure with BAMtravel’s exclusive tours. Travel the globe in style with Joe Melillo, Karen Brooks Hopkins, and your fellow BAM patrons and art lovers. You’ll discover world-class theater, dance, and opera in gorgeous locales, all while enjoying private guided tours, sumptuous meals, and stimulating conversations with fellow tastemakers. These curated journeys are the perfect blend of luxurious travel and cultured adventure, promising unforgettable experiences only BAM can provide.
Our trip begins in scenic Aix-en-Provence, home to world-famous outdoor markets, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and one of the most exciting opera festivals running today. The Festival d’Aix has showcased some of BAM’s most beloved artists, including Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, and Trisha Brown. You’ll be immersed in the wrenching drama of Strauss’s Elektra, a new coproduction from Teatro alla Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. Then you’ll experience the grandeur of Don Giovanni presented in a medieval palace courtyard, the Festival d’Aix’s mainstage theater since 1948.
Next it’s on to the Festival d’Avignon—France’s Next Wave—which every July transforms the majestic city of nursery-song fame into a laboratory for artistic innovation. You’ll dive right into this open-air forum, critiquing contemporary performance amidst some of the finest gothic architecture in Europe. Joe Melillo, BAM’s Executive Producer has selected two standout performances for you to enjoy from the festival’s 40 or more productions. You will experience Rausch, a work by Falk Richter and Anouk Dijk, which examines the very well-ordered management of our professional and private lives. For the final performance of the trip you will see Germinal by Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger, a piece in which the protagonists create a world from scratch right before your eyes.
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