MONACO WILL ALWAYS LOVE THE BODYGUARD

The Bodyguard est maintenant une comédie musicale…Un évènement à ne pas manquer à Monaco en juin. The Bodyguard is now a musical…A not-to-be-missed  event in Monaco this coming June.

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Back in 1992, Whitney Houston got her first acting role alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, a romantic comedy which soon became a classic love story, thanks in part to a great soundtrack.

Two decades later, the Lawrence Kasdan Oscar-nominated film was made into a very successful musical, which is coming to Monaco at the end of June for what should be an incredible run of shows.

Adapted for the stage by American playwright and Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris and directed by Thea Sharrock, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in December 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre and opened to rave reviews, earning in the process four nominations for the Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.

Fans of the film will not be disappointed as this stage version has all the ingredients that made the movie so poignant in the first place. Following the burgeoning relationship between a music superstar, Rachel Marron, and a former secret agent, Frank Turner hired to protect her from a mysterious stalker, the show features some of Houston’s biggest hits such as Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You or I Wanna Dance with Somebody, as well as, of course, one of the biggest selling songs of all time, I Will Always Love You.

Some may view the musical as an attempt to cash in on the recent death of Whitney Houston (after all, many tribute shows featuring the songs of Michael Jackson emerged shortly after the singer’s death), but the result here turns out to be a real treat for the eyes and the ears, and Alexandra Burke, an X-Factor winner in the UK who reprises the title role, brilliantly shows that things are in safe hands.

The Bodyguard – the Musical plays at the Grimaldi Forum at 8:30pm on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of June, and at 3pm on Sunday the 26th. Tickets range in price from €36 (for students under the age of 25) to €69 and can be purchased on the Grimaldi Forum Website. Running time is 140 minutes.

CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
10, ave. Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

Image courtesy The Bodyguard – the Musical

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PULLING AN ALL-NIGHTER IN MONACO FOR ITS FIRST NUIT BLANCHE THIS APRIL

La Nuit Blanche arrive à Monaco. The White Night festival is coming to Monaco.

Over the past few years, White Night festivals have been popping up in cities the world over, becoming lynchpins of cultural life.

It was just a matter of time before Monaco would join the list, and that’s now a done deal as the Principality is getting ready to stay up until the small hours on the 29th of April for its first “ Nuit Blanche”.

Originally created in Paris in 2002 and inspired by St. Petersburg’s “White Nights”, which celebrate the city’s warm weather months, la “Nuit Blanche” is a nocturnal and multi-cultural event that takes place in many places around town, from museums and churches to parks and touristic sites, and aims at presenting to the general public contemporary art forms in unconventional places.

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In Monaco, the festival will be an “original and ambitious artistic journey”orchestrated by Jörg Heiser, a well-known art critic and the co-publisher of the magazine Frieze.

The ambitious programme will feature Saâdane Afif (France, winner of the Prince Pierre Foundation award in 2006), Doug Aitken (United-States), Shana Moulton (United-States), Daniel Steegman Mangrané (Spain), Henrik Hakansson (Denmark), Chassol (France) and Gabriel Lester (The Netherlands).

Look out for works involving planes, boats, horses and music, intended not as a series of attractions but rather “as choreographed events”.

All in all, a perfect excuse to stay up late on a Friday night!

NOLE SHARES HIS DIETARY SECRETS WITH NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT IN MONACO

Un nouveau restaurant à essayer bientôt à Monaco! A new restaurant to try soon in Monaco!

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The tennis is in full swing this week at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, and World No.1 Novak Djokovic is particularly busy at the moment – more so off-court than on!

Monaco resident Novak Djokovic announced on his Facebook page last Sunday that his wife and himself have launched an all-vegan restaurant called Eqvita in the Principality.

My wife and I transferred our passion for healthy food into a restaurant concept called Eqvita Restaurant that is supposed to open in a few weeks. Tonight we are sharing our excitement with our family, friends and colleagues and in a few weeks time we will invite you all to join us here in Monaco”, Djokovic said.

This is not the tennis player’s first venture into the restaurant business – he already has a chain of family-run cafés in his Serbian homeland, called Novak, as well as an exclusive restaurant in Belgrade. He has also recently launched his own health food brand, Djokolife, which he says, “offers a range of products that reflect my idea for a better lifestyle and diet.”

Djokovic, or Nole as he is known to his numerous fans, has often credited his diet of gluten-free pasta, brown rice, oatmeal plus other gluten-free, carb-rich foods for his success on the tennis courts, after years of being dogged by ill-health.

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Needless to say, many tennis A-listers attended the launch party on Sunday. Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic were just some of the many guests who showed up in the hope of getting a taste of Nole’s recipe for success!

The restaurant, located on rue du Portier, will surely become a culinary beacon for the many health-conscious customers in the region. The official opening date has not yet been confirmed.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Eqvita
7, rue du Portier
98000 Monaco

 

All images courtesy Eqvita Restaurant Facebook page

NEW EXHIBIT REFLECTS ON THE OMNIPRESENCE OF MUSIC IN CHAGALL’S WORK

Encore une expo à ne pas rater à Nice. Another not-to-be-missed exhibit in Nice.

A new exhibition in Nice aims to show the importance of music to Chagall and how he incorporated it into his works.

Last Autumn, two exhibitions held at the Musée de la musique – Philarmonie de Paris (The Triumph of Music) and at La Piscine – Musée D’art et d’Industrie André Diligent in Roubaix (Sources of Music), highlighted the role music played in Chagall’s work.

These two exhibits have been combined together to offer visitors to the Musée National Marc Chagall in Nice a wonderful reflection on the Russian artist’s love for the 5th art with over 200 artworks (paintings, drawings, etchings, ceramics, stained glass, and the like) borrowed from major public and private collections from both France and abroad.

Music has always been a constant source of inspiration to Chagall, from the traditional Jewish songs of his childhood to the classical music of Bach and Mozart. His paintings are full of musicians: violinists, cymbalists, acrobatic musicians, and flautists, all mingling perfectly with the religious figures so clearly loved by the artist.

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For Chagall, music was a vehicle for human sentiments: sorrow, joy, consolation, exaltation. This is why, throughout his long career, he worked on many projects for the theatre, ballet and opera. For instance, he created costumes and set designs for the Jewish Art Theatre in Moscow, painted the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris and the frescoes at the Lincoln Center in New York.

A testimony of this love for music is already on display in the museum in Nice, with not only the concert hall which hosts a rich programme of musical events throughout the year, but also the harpsichord he painted in 1980.

The exhibition Marc Chagall et la Musique runs until 13th June, 2016. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm from the 2nd of May), and is closed Tuesdays and on the 1st of May. Admission costs €10, but is free for all on the first Sunday of each month.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Musée National Marc Chagall
36, avenue Dr Ménard
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 53 87 20

 

All photos © RIVIERA BUZZ

RIHANNA TO SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND IN NICE THIS JULY

Pop superstar Rihanna has just kicked off her ‘Anti’ World Tour in the US, and hits Europe this Summer, stopping off in Nice in July.

By Flo Dubosc for Riviera Buzz

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Stade Charles Ehrmann and the Espace Nikaïa may have the honour of hosting Coldplay and Maroon 5 respectively this May, but the Allianz Riviera has beaten them both hands-down, with a major global star headlining its first-ever concert. None other than Rihanna.

The tour comes in support of the Barbados beauty’s latest album, Anti, which was released earlier this year and is by far the 27 year old singer’s most daring and intimate work to date.

Rihanna, or RiRi to her millions of fans definitely needs no introduction. She has sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. Before Anti, the young singer had already released seven albums in seven years, amassed 13 No. 1 singles, including “Umbrella”, “We Found Love” (with Calvin Harris), “Diamonds” and “S&M,” and won eight Grammy® Awards.

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A fashion icon in her spare time, Jay Z’s protégé has also launched six fragrances as well as two capsule collections with Armani and four River Island collections. She is the new face of Dior’s “Secret Garden” campaign.

 And while her current beau, Travis Scott will be a special guest on North American dates, The Weeknd and Big Sean will accompany her during the European leg of her tour.Over the years, Rihanna has become bigger than her music and seeing her in concert will definitely be a treat, whether you are a fan or not!

Rihanna plays the Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice on Friday, 15h July 2016 at 7:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 62,90 € to 215,90 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Allianz Riviera
Boulevard des Jardiniers
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 97 07 29 66

MONACO TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FRANCIS BACON THIS SUMMER

Francis Bacon sera la star de l’été à Monaco….Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz. Francisc Bacon will be the star this Summer in Monaco…All the details in riviera Buzz.

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Every year, art afficionados eagerly await the summer exhibit at the Grimaldi Forum. They will not be disappointed this year.

The subject of the upcoming summer exhibit at the Grimaldi Forum is ‘Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’. Curated by art historian, Martin Harrison, author of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné and organized with the support of the Estate of Francis Bacon in London as well as the recently established Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation in Monaco, the exhibit will show over sixty paintings by the Irish-born British artist, including his first and last works.

If Watercolour (1929) has rarely been out of the public view, this is certainly not the case with Study of a Bull, which will be displayed for the first time ever after Harrison tracked it down in the archives of Marlborough Fine Art Gallery.

Showing a bull emerging from darkness into light, this work has never been discussed or written about by specialists or in publications, but the artist definitely knew he was dying when he created it, and probably intended it as a “goodbye”, mixing dust with his paint to give a fading effect.

This 2 metre high painting will no doubt be the highlight of the exhibit, which will focus on the influence of French culture and his Monegasque period. Bacon, who was known for his bold and often grotesque style, lived in the Principality from July 1946 to the early fifties, and often returned there throughout his life alongside John Edwards, both his muse and his companion.

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His time in Monaco was decisive in his career as this is where he painted his first “pope” and came to work on the human form. The exhibit will also include works by artists that inspired him, such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso,Giacometti, Léger and Soutine.

Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’ runs from July 2 to September 4, 2016 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Opening times: Daily from 10am to 8pm with late night opening on Thursdays until 10pm. Tickets may be reserved online and there is a special presale offer (tickets only €5) running until 30th June, 2016.

CONTACT DETAILS
Espace Ravel du Grimaldi Forum Monaco
10, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

All photos courtesy DUBLIN BUZZ Photo Archive via Hugh Lane Gallery