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  • : EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF RENAISSANCE MUSIC

    26, 27 and 28 September

    Sur un air de Renaissance

    Every year, the Château du Clos Lucé holds the European Festival of Renaissance Music, which
    pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci’s additional talents as a musician and player.

    • 26 September, 8.30pm: Ritratto dell’Amore Ensemble, ’Venise Galante’
    • 27 September, 3.30pm: De Caelis Ensemble, ’Le chant des sibylles’
    • 28 September, 3.30pm: Doulce Mémoire Ensemble, ’Music for the Chamber of Anne de Bretagne’

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  • : NIGHT EVENT

    august 11th,12th and 14th, 15th 2014 at 9.30 p.m

                                                Text by Gilbert Gilet and Jean-Louis Dumont

                                                           Directed by Jean-Louis Dumont
                                                      Lighting design: Sébastien Dechatre
                                                             Musical director: Marie Perrin
                                                  Astronomical drawings: Frédéric Burgeot

                                                                               Cast

                                                       Patrice ZONTA, Leonardo da Vinci
                                                          Aurélien LABRUYERE, Melzi, Galileo
                                                       Jean-Louis DUMONT, Francis Ist
                                     Alain BLAZQUEZ, Giovanni Verrazano, Nicolas Copernic
                                                                 Marie PERRIN, Urania
                                                      François BONNET, The musician

    Le Clos Lucé in 1518. At Francis I’s request, Leonardo is to recreate in Amboise the spectacle he held 25 years previously in Milan. For the centrepiece of the Festa del Paradiso, Leonardo had used candelabras, painted hangings, actors and wooden scaffolding to present the movement of the planets as they followed their course around the zodiac, thereby inventing the very first planetarium.

    But twenty-five years later, Leonardo considers that the world has changed.
    At the universities of Bologna and Ferrara and throughout Europe, new ideas are gaining ground. Having corresponded with Copernicus, Leonardo is now convinced that the Earth, along with the other planets, revolves around the Sun.
    How was he to represent for the king this new Dance of the Planets, the way the heavenly bodies orbit the Sun?
    Designing his new spectacle, Leonardo discloses to his faithful confidant Melzi his doubts and his vision. He reveals to Melzi a universe in which the planets are no longer just points of light in the sky but worlds that are all different, like the Earth and the Moon.  And Leonardo dreams of a new universe…
    In his dream, Urania, the muse of Astronomy, introduces him to Galileo, and the two set off together to discover the face of Jupiter, Mars and Saturn as they are revealed through the lenses of spyglasses and telescopes…
    Fascinated by the eddies in water, Leonardo is in turn carried off into the swirl of moving heavenly bodies, distant stars and inaccessible galaxies.
    He takes the audience with him to witness his visions of a universe that man will not see for centuries to come…

    Information / booking:
    Tel. +33 (0)2 47 57 55 78
    Rate : 15€

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  • EXHIBITION : IMAGINE FRANCE

    Le Fantastique voyage

    Chaque année des milliers de visiteurs internationaux partent à la découverte des monuments, musées et festivals qui composent l’offre culturelle française. Sa formidable richesse et sa diversité constituent l’une des principales motivations d’un voyage en France.
    La forte interaction existant entre les secteurs du tourisme et de la culture est aujourd’hui reconnue de tous, l’un se nourrissant de l’autre, notamment en termes d’attractivité.
    Dans ce contexte, offrir une image sans cesse renouvelée de ce patrimoine est essentiel pour fidéliser son visitorat tout en séduisant de nouvelles clientèles.
    C’est pourquoi Atout France et l’Institut Français se mobilisent aujourd’hui afin de proposer un regard nouveau, poétique et décalé sur les châteaux, musées et monuments français.
    Faisant appel aux talents de l’artiste-photographe Maia Flore, ils organisent l’exposition Imagine France qui met en scène les sites et événements culturels, sous un oeil nouveau. Cet événement itinérant parcourra le monde pendant 3 ans avec, en 2014, une première étape en Italie puis aux Etats-Unis.
    Pour réaliser cette série de photographies, Maia Flore a sillonné les routes françaises entre juillet et septembre 2013 afin de visiter 25 sites culturels qu’elle a ensuite mis en scène en fonction de l’inspiration que lui procurait chaque site. Son parti pris a été decréer un personnage qui s’est approprié chaque lieu, pour le rendre vivant et surprenant. Tantôt acteur de la mise en scène, tantôt spectateur, ce personnage récurrent anime et renouvelle les lieux patrimoniaux visités.
    Imagine France est donc une expérience inédite qui plongera les spectateurs internationaux dans un univers parfois déjà connu mais toujours présenté de façon surprenante grâce au talent de l’artiste.
    Une invitation à venir découvrir ou redécouvrir la formidable richesse du patrimoine français.
    La première exposition se tiendra à Rome à l’Institut Français du 8 au 26 avril 2014, puis se déplacera dans les locaux de Naples (du 6 au 24 mai 2014) et de Milan (du 27 mai au 8 juin 2014). En parallèle, elle se tiendra à New York à la Galerie Emmanuel Fremin du 8 au 29 mai 2014.

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  • : CULTURAL EVENTS 2014

     

    April 30 - May 25
    THE WORLD OF CREATION - 8th year
    FRANCE - CHINA : dialogue of excellence
    To celebrate fifty years of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations, the Chateau du Clos Lucé is dedicating the eighth edition of The World of Creation to the great skilled craftsmen and woman of China.
    In collaboration with the Center of International Cultural Exchange Beijing, thirteen Chinese artists  and seven French artists, masters in the art of creating objects expose many exceptional pieces: lacquer, ceramics, embroidery, work on jade...

    Event organized as part of France-China 50
    www.france-chine50.com


    May 23
    Seminar :  "RENAISSANCE GARDENS AND GARDENS REBIRTH"
    Chateau du Clos Lucé : 10.15 am  - 12 pm (noon)
    Chateau Gaillard : 2.15 pm - 5.30 pm
    Booking : +33 (0)6 33 51 58 18

    June 1st
    "APPOINTMENT TO THE GARDEN"
    The child in the garden
    On this occasion, David Nabon, our gardener animates potting workshop from 2.pm to 5.pm 
     

    August 11, 12, 14, 15 - 9.30pm
    Evening Event

    "LEONARDO AND THE DANCE OF THE PLANETS"
    Directed by Jean Louis Dumont.
    Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by astronomy. He closely followed the research being undertaken by his contemporaries and studied the representation of the heavenly bodies and their movement with a planetarium he built himself. This show recreates the Feast of Paradise given in Milan in 1490, in which a mechanical arrangement was used to represent the movement of the stars and the sky with the planets, the sun, the moon and the twelve signs of the zodiac.

    September 20, 21
    HERITAGE DAYS
    Cultural heritage, natural heritage

    September 26, 27, 28
    EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF RENAISSANCE MUSIC -
    9th year

    Every year, the Château du Clos Lucé holds the European Festival of Renaissance Music, which pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci’s additional talents as a musician and player.
    September 26 - 8.30 pm: Ritratto dell’Amore "Venise Galante"
    September 27 - 3.30 pm: De Caelis "Le chant des sibylles"
    September 28 - 3.30 pm: Doulce mémoire "Musique pour la chambre d’Anne de Bretagne.



    September 28 - 2.30 pm
    CONFERENCE - The music at the Court of Anne de Bretagne
    By Denis Raisin Dadre, Artistic Director Doulce Mémoire

    September 24, 25, 26
    Tokyo - Japan
    LEONARDO DA VINCI TROPHY - 4th years
    Created by the Chateau du Clos Lucé and the Henokiens Association, which brings together 40 major companies representing seven countries, the "Prix Léonard de Vinci" is awarded to a family business for its outstanding ability to pass on to future generations a set of cultural values and know-how that together make up an intangible and living heritage wich is an essential guarantee of its continuity. In 2011, the italian company Salvatore Ferragamo won the prize in its first year. In 2012 the prize was awarded to the German company Otto Bock Health Care Gmbh.
    In 2013 it was the turn of the french company Daher to win the Prize. In 2014, the prize will be awarded to a Japanese leading company.


    Information / booking
    Tel. +33 (0)2 47 57 55 78




     

    Press release 2014 Cultural season

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  • ÉVÉNEMENT : YEAR ANNE OF BRITTANY

    The Chateau du Clos Lucé celebrates Anne of Brittany

    SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2014

    2.30pm, TALK: "MUSIC AT THE COURT OF ANNE OF BRITTANY"
    With Denis Raisin Dadre, Artistic Director of Doulce Mémoire

    3.30pm, CONCERT: "MUSIC FOR THE CHAMBER OF ANNE OF BRITTANY" Doulce Mémoire Ensemble Through the concerts and performances it gives, Doulce Mémoire invites the audience to discover the music likely to have entertained the internationally renowned leading lights of the Renaissance such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rabelais and Francis I, some of whom have left an indelible impression on the Loire Valley and its famous Renaissance châteaux. The concert programme focuses on a form required to be played at Court, the chanson rustique, a polyphonic rendering of melodies of popular origin. Doulce Mémoire will be playing chansons by Févin, Agricola, Josquin Desprez and Compere Gascogne.

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    Tel. +33 (0)2 47 57 55 78
    closluce.com@vinci-closluce.com

     

    Anne of Brittany (1477-1514): History and biography

    Anne of Brittany was born in Nantes on 25 January 1477. Daughter of Francis II Duke of Brittany and Marguerite of Foix, she grew up in Nantes at the Château des ducs de Bretagne. Anne inherited the Breton emblems: the ermine and the cordelière, or decorative cord, tied in a figure of eight. She also used the letter A surmounted by the motto Non Mudera (I shall not change). She was educated in letters and the arts by Françoise de Dinan. Her maîtr ...

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