Sandrine Kuster’s recommendations
The Centre for contemporary stage art, otherwise known as the Arsenic, has opened its sixth season with work by Sandrine Kuster
Inaugurated in 1989, this four-roomed centre occupies a special place in the network of Lausanne performance venues with a programme that boldly mixes theatre, dance, music and all kinds of performance art. Born in Basel in 1966, Sandrine Kuster is an out-and-out Genevan who moved to Lausanne four years ago. A known figure in alternative drama, she founded and co-directed the Théatre de l’Usine in Geneva and later worked for the Festival de la Batie. She studied at the Ecole de théâtre Serge Martin and has over ten years of acting experience with the Compagnie des Basors. Last season the Arsenic welcomed more than 11,000 visitors. (Here's a tip – but don’t tell everyone – the bar at the Arsenic offers the best tea, wine, beer and whiskey you can imagine.)
“In the summer, with the sand and a few waves, Bellerive and Vidy make you feel like you are at the seaside.”
For you, Lausanne is
An intimate relationship with the lake that doesn’t exist in Geneva, where the lake is very narrow and where we tend to focus on the Rhone instead. Also, Lausanne has a strong relationship with the local countryside: it’s just a short bus ride away! It’s entirely different from Geneva’s small capital city cosmopolitan airs. For a long time, all I knew of Lausanne were its theatres (Vidy, 2.21, La Grange at Dorigny) and its exhibition centres (Musée de l’Elysée, Collection de l’Art brut). For the first two years, I commuted every day. It is said that the people of Vaud like rules and keeping everything in its place. I’m a bit of a rebel and in the beginning I felt a little constrained. But there are positive sides: when I went for my resident permit in Lausanne, the person behind the window said “Welcome!” You don't expect politeness like that in those kinds of places.
The parks I have set out to discover all of them with my now three-year-old daughter in her pushchair. I love Sauvabelin and Montriond. We go to Mon Repos to visit the birds. In the summer, with the sand and a few waves, Bellerive and Vidy make you feel like you are at the seaside. The shore is a very tranquil place; it feels like home but also offers a change of scenery.
The theatres Of course, it’s my work. When I am not at the Arsenic, I go to Vidy, La Grange, the Pulloff or 2.21. My evenings are all centred on shows.
Le Petit Bar A stone’s throw from the Mudac. As its name suggests, it is a tiny place, but they have delicious sandwiches made with tasty bread. After finishing a walk, it’s a great place to read the paper.
Le Chalet Suisse For the fondue! I love their large terrace. It’s a relaxing place.
Le Café des Bouchers It's noisy but fast. It has a mixed clientele: workman and intellectuals. Their piccata is excellent, a big serving and not expensive. They have a small terrace covered with young vines.
Le Buffet de la Gare 1re classe First rate for work meetings or to read the paper, nothing beats it. It's also a place where they don’t inflict music on you.
The Spanish restaurant Olé I love the relationship Spanish people have with meals. With tapas, a meal can last for hours. The Olé is not formal, it has neon lights. I like that; I’m not much of a gastronome.
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