The crisis has only just begun for Bordeaux’s cultural sites.
Concert cancellations, postponement of events and no reopening schedule: this is how the triad of uncertainty expressed by the cultural structures of the performing arts can be summed up. “We can close in a day but not reopen in a day!” In the image of the sentence pronounced by Didier Estèbe, director of Krakatoa in Mérignac, one of the four Scènes de musiques actuelles (Smac) of the Metropolis, the professionals are trying to organise themselves as best they can.But while halls with a seated audience, such as the Opéra National de Bordeaux, were able to reopen on 2 June and offer a reduced gauge welcome, the standing rooms with the Smacs and other concert venues in the front line remain strictly closed.
“We have absolutely no prospects, however our activities will always be up to date on our website, there will be line dancing classes, sale of second-hand dance equipment … The Krakatoa teams will finish on July 24th and we will reopen on August 24th… I have 24 concerts planned for the fall, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to maintain them or not… If the audience participation rate is 100% by September, we will be able to absorb the losses. But if the concerts are banned until December 31, for example, we’ll have to make sure of that with our artist residencies and our cultural mediation activities. All this is very hypothetical, we don’t have any projection capacity,” laments Didier Estèbe, director of Krakatoa.