no residency for artists… but for students living at the Cité Universitaire in Paris
‘Partir, c’est mourir un peu’
(Rondelet de l’Adieu, Edmond Haracourt)
Surrendered to the strong winds and the intense tidal, the natural stone house surely has seen better days from the inside, but this doesn’t detract from its charms. Always in sight the lighthouse, a stroll of about half an hour away.
No cars are allowed on the isle, except
some farming vehicles, so everyone uses a bicycle. Biking at least to reach the only little supermarket during the two opening hours in the morning or those two in the afternoon as there , having to get off when passing through the central village. How wonderfully this slows you down and reactivates all senses. During long walks from the north island, over the little bridge connecting both island parts, down to the most southern point and the harbor welcoming the mainland ferry twice a day, I always had one song in mind: Henri Salvador’s ‘Chambre Avec Vue’. Listen, if you like.
That time I was living at the German house ‘Maison Heinrich Heine’ at the Cité Universitaire for two semesters, also assisting with their events as ‘tutrice culturelle’.
I remember well that after the residency at the Fondation Haracourt I wanted to travel on to Avignon to attend the biggest theatre festival in Europe. But it was exactly the season when there was a big strike and all official performances were cancelled. What a pity… for the performers as well as for the audience.
See all info regarding this residency and the former house of Edmond Haracourt on the homepage of the Cité Universitaire, Paris XVI (in Frensh only).
Further info on the island Île de Bréhat, how to get there, climate, policy etc. on wikipedia.