Sandra Gaudin’s Recommendations
We would capture the moon for its naïve gaze, its dimpled smile and its crystal laugh. But watch out! Sandra Gaudin is fully capable of “eating our hearts with her little teeth”, as stated in the title of a play she co-wrote and directed in 2005 for the Arsenic theatre.
The latest work by Sandra Gaudin, a born comedian, is called “I love the theater, but I prefer TV”. Really? That can’t be so! Otherwise, why would she have founded the Cie Un Air de Rien?
“I love this tiered city, with its spectacular view of the lake and the mountains.”
For you, Lausanne is
You just can’t enter Lausanne like you enter other places. You can come by the Ecublens interchange on the Geneva-Lausanne motorway, a breathtaking place that is almost supernatural at night. I have always wanted to make a film in that place, where the railway lines are straight and rugged. You can also enter the city by way of Lavaux, Lutry, with the gentleness of this friendly city, which is more like a village. Or, you can come through Sallaz, with its incinerator, where you feel like you’re in a post-apocalyptic ghost town.
I have always thought that, even in Lausanne, there are southerners and northerners. Those who grow up in the north tend to stay in the north. As for me, I grew up on the south side, in Montelly. I love this tiered city, with its spectacular view of the lake and the mountains. I love its ruggedness. It’s always full of cranes, and I love that.
Lausanne is also about memories, the Fête du Bois in Sauvabelin, the end of Lausanne Bouge, the Dolce Vita, the City Festival. Above all it is about the good life – 60 theatre companies, gifted musicians, creating history in an incredible location.
Cathedral Esplanade I really like seeing Lausanne from here, the Bel-Air tower, the rooftops, the lake. This is Lausanne without the CHUV hospital or the Cathedral, and it’s hard to recognize it all.
The gardens of the Hermitage, Sauvabelin, and the Montriond hill I especially love discovering new viewpoints. There are also roads where I don’t feel at ease. I don’t like going down them, I don’t know why. Lausanne is that too, perhaps because of the rivers that flow beneath it. Sometimes, I imagine that the Flon and the Louve are not underground.
Sales I love to take a stroll through any old place and look through the sales.
Landmarks or haunts? I am not very loyal to bars or restaurants. I prefer to try new places.
Via Veneto I love eating there at lunchtime. It’s perfectly kitsch, and the food’s good. There are small savoury tarts at the start of the meal and cakes at the end.
The P’tit Bar, the Bossette, the Pomme de Pin, the Grütli, the Grotto, the Trois-Rois, the Minuit Soleil, the café at the Hôtel de Ville…
I love going to concerts at Les Docks. It’s the ideal size, with a perfect stage for the dimensions of the room. And I closely follow what’s happening at Le Bourg.
I have only just discovered that the Cinémathèque makes truly incredible documents available to the public. And they also give you a really warm welcome.
Sometimes I go to chic places. They give me the impression that the world is standing still: the Beau-Rivage bar, on the 1st floor terrace, or the LP Bar. There are some bars that intrigue me, even though I have never been to them, including Richard Durr’s, Saint-Trop and Penalty.
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m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart