“ I’m coming back to life ” says the pianist at the reopening of Geneva
GENEVA (Reuters) – French pianist Eric Artz performed for the first time in seven months in Geneva, after Switzerland eased restrictions on COVID-19 and allowed concert halls to re-admit a limited number of guests.
“It’s a lot of emotion after this first concert because it’s been seven months now that I haven’t been able to perform on stage. So I’m coming back to life, ”he told Reuters after his Wednesday performance at the 19th-century theater“ Les Salons ”.
For his return to candlelight, the artist decided to swap Chopin and Beethoven for Manga anime songs such as Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon.
“Honestly, it’s hard not to have these cultural places where you can go and enjoy the things you love,” said spectator Laurane Pinard, who felt “privileged” to be able to attend.
Only 50 people were allowed to attend the show, where masks and social distancing measures were mandatory.
“The only problem was that it was very complicated to have 50 people in a hall, but we wanted to produce these shows to give the culture back its taste,” said Solal Azeroual, artistic director of the event organizer. “Fever”.
The Swiss government plans to reopen restaurants inside restaurants from May 31, allow more participation in public events and reduce the demands of working from home as infections, hospitalizations and deaths have declined.
Switzerland is preparing to allow events of 3,000 people for vaccine participants from July if infections continue on their downward trajectory.
Around 685,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 10,000 have died from COVID-19 in Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Reporting by Cecile Mantovani and Denis Balnouse, written by Michael Shields; Edited by Mike Collett-White