Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Saint-Georges International Festival Takes Place From 28 April - 1 May, 2011 in Guadeloupe

[Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799); The Saint-Georges International Festival 2011]

The American conductor Marlon Daniel, who leads the orchestra known as the Ensemble du Monde, is credited with the inspiration for this first Saint-Georges International Festival. We have received the official announcement from Jean-Claude HALLEY, President of the Association of the Friends of Saint-Georges. This is the first of many posts which we plan on the Festival.

Daniel Marciano is a retired Professor and fencing expert who taught French language and literature in Great Britain and the United States before taking a position at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France. He is a published author and playwright. Since 2004 Daniel Marciano has generously volunteered his time and expertise for the French biographical pages at on several composers, including Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799).

He has written the French and English versions of the website for the Saint-Georges International Festival to be held in Guadeloupe from 28 April to 1 May, 2011. The versions are marked by the French and American flags. Daniel Marciano is responsible for the fencing activities at the Festival.

Thank you for your interest in the Festival.
As I may have told you before, I am going to give a talk about the prestige of fencing at the time of St-G, explain what he did in order to become such an exceptional fencer and why fencing played an important part in turning him into a charismatic figure. I also intend to re-enact some of the fencing bouts he fought.

“I hired some excellent actors who are talented fencers at the same time. They belong to a company called 'La Tulipe Noire' (the title of one of Alexander Dumas's novels). They are going to present several numbers of artistic fencing. To visit their website type: or C.E.T.S. La Tulipe Noire, troupe escrime artistique. This 'conférence-spectacle' (lecture and fencing show) will be interspersed with music interludes.

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