Cinemas and theaters reopened in turmoil on April 19. However, participants in the cultural world protested against the limit of fifty people.
“We may not have reached the end of the tunnel, but we are beginning to see the light.” If Edna Epelbaum admits that his health is still fragile (an average of 1,615 new Covid-19 cases and 8.6 million deaths in the past 7 days), then the Swiss Film Association president will be overjoyed . Since the removal of restrictions on cultural venues, on Monday, April 19, the Swiss public poured into the rooms. “We have all started to watch movies in streaming media, but the audience lacks the experience of the big screen”, Testify to Aude Vermeil, director of cinema functions, a professional association of independent cinemas. Passion for performing arts: “The public is hungry for culture. We have regained our awareness of the need to connect”, Carole Trousseau-Ballif (Carole Trousseau-Ballif), the general secretary who slipped into the Grand Theater of Geneva.
However, the sanitation agreement implemented by the Federal Council during the reopening period is still surprising. The reception capacity can only accommodate up to fifty people, and the smallest venue can only accommodate one-third of the people, so participants in the industry are working hard to restart their activities. “It’s ridiculous and sad. We can’t help but compare with a bus or a crowded terrace.”, Expressed regret to Denis Maillefer, co-director of Comédie de Genève, and since mid-April, bars and restaurants can host people outside. “In terms of income, fifty people are useless. I obviously can’t amortize our costs.”, Recalled Christian Berner, Financial Director of the Zurich Opera.
However, the important 1,200-seat institution will resume performances every night starting from January 1.Yes may. Ballet, recital, mini-opera: “We try to show the work to the public without going bankrupt, because we prefer to have fifty people instead of zero.”, Christian Berner explained.This means giving up in particular Guest artistThese foreign opera singers are usually invited to participate in operas, or continue to accept short-term jobs to fund new works. Also out of economic concern, other theaters only choose to open occasionally, such as the Comédie de Genève in Geneva, which will be released on May 5 (Wednesday). No paraderan (Marco Berrettini) Fifty people are accommodated in a hall with 500 seats. “It’s more about opening up than reopening, I regret Denis Maillefer (Denis Maillefer). But this is important to our audience. “
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