Festival de Sablé 2022: more than 3,800 entries recorded for the 44th edition

An explosive closing concert in Sablé-sur-Sarthe (Sarthe), with artists mixing Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Saturday August 27, 2022. ©Les Nouvelles de Sablé

With the arrival of Laure Baert as artistic advisor, l’Entracte wanted to breathe new life into baroque festival of Sable-sur-Sarthe (Sarthe).

She was responsible for providing a variety of programming to attract new audiences while satisfying long-time regulars, including the 159 subscribers.

The president, Cécile Piron, was delighted, “the public seems satisfied, we only have good feedback, with smiles and compliments”. Throughout the festivalthe public was very reactive and enthusiastic, listening to the 102 artists hosted.

The highlights of the 2022 edition

Les Malins Plaisirs, Le Concert Spirituel and the Fan dance company appropriated with finesse and creativity the famous comedy-ballet of Moliere and Lully, Forced marriageto the applause of 520 spectators at the opening.

With Queens, the El Sol Ensemble honored the repertoire of Spanish baroque music, bringing together more than 313 spectators. To La Chapelle-du-Chênethe ensemble Les Métaboles, under the direction of Léo Warynski, delighted the 299 curious, with its spatialized songs filling the chapel.

The first of the tour Mirrorswith the soprano Jeanine de Bique, accompanied by the Concerto Köln, attracted 357 spectators and in closing Gabetta Consort and the lunar bandoneonist Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi delighted the 356 festival-goers present with Tango Seasons mixing Vivaldi and Piazzolla.

Two outdoor concerts

The free outdoor concerts, Place Dom Guéranger, also attracted a less knowledgeable public with 671 spectators, who came to discover the Love Songs from the Baroque era by the Ensemble Vedado as well as Noëmi Waysfeld and her two cellists who audaciously marry Vivaldi and Barbara.

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As to shadow theater, The Nightingale and The Emperor of Chinawith the Ensemble La Rêveuse and puppeteer Cécile Hurbault, it brought together 244 young and old spectators.

For Laure Baert, this edition was full of promise.

The artists were very happy to share this new turn.

Laure Baert, artistic advisor of the Sablé Festival

The latter also very much appreciated the contact with the public, in particular during the times of exchanges in the park of the castle, the workshops and a conference which attracted 208 “spect-actors”.

On replay

In addition, discovery trails around the Baroque arts were conducted throughout the festival with 14 young people from the Sarthe Nord and Sarthe & Loir local missions and 31 local choristers.

For one year from September 12, the public will be able to (re)discover on the Culturebox websitethe concert Cori Allegri by the Ensemble Les Métaboles. It will also be broadcast by LMTV and the CFRT (Comité Français de Radio-Télévision), also funders of the recording, on their platforms.

Programming 2023

The 45th edition is already under construction with Laure Baert.

We are thinking as a team about next season’s programming in order to attract even more new audiences.

Yannick Javaudin and Laure Baer concluded the festival
Yannick Javaudin and Laure Baert concluded the festival. ©Sable News

The dates are fixed, the festival will take place over four days again, from August 23 to 26, 2023. “It will be more convivial, we will have the bar and the forecourt available,” says Yannick Javaudin, director.

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Festival de Sablé 2022: more than 3,800 entries recorded for the 44th edition