Friday, April 1, 2016 (15)

Apr 1, 2016
February 29, 2016
  • Le Bestiaire by Ionna Vautrin at the FIAF Gallery

  • Feb 29, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016
  • Location: FIAF Gallery
  • Description:

    As part of the TILT Kids Festival and Oui DesignLe bestiaire transforms FIAF Gallery into a make-believe zoo where children have the chance to imagine becoming all kinds of animals, from the most gentle to the very wild. The brainchild of artist Ionna Vautrin, this exhibit features the whimsical illustrations of 14 artists and invites kids to play and color in mini-creature costumes.

    These stunning costumes are products of the vivid imaginations of an eclectic team comprised of Studio Brichet Ziegler, Perrine Vigneron and Gilles Belley, Louise de Saint Angel, Anne Lutz, Joachim Jirou-Najou, Felipe Ribon, Les Graphiquants, Twice, Helkarava, Bonnefrite, Malika Favre, Amélie Fontaine, Leslie David and Ionna Vautrin.

    On view from January 16 through April 2, 2016, Le bestiaire was produced by the City of Design as part of the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial 2015.

    Ionna Vautrin was born in 1979 in France. She graduated in 2002 from School of Design Nantes Atlantique. Since 2002, s

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March 3, 2016
  • TILT Kids Festival

  • Mar 3, 2016 to Apr 3, 2016
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Description:

    The Tilt Kids Festival is a new festival of the arts that talks up—not down—to children, sparking their imaginations and encouraging their dreams. The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) have joined forces to present gems from France and around the world, together with commissioned work from New York artists for the savviest of audiences, our kids.

    Both institutions are thrilled to embark on this new adventure with a network of leading cultural institutions: The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)Museum of Food + DrinkNYU Skirball Center for the Performing ArtsThe New Victory Theater, and The Invisible Dog Art Center.

    Philosophy and music, circus and magic, design, dance and gastronomy come together in a series of ambitious and playful events specially curated for the audiences of today and tomorrow.

    Join us for this month-long adventure, and let’s re-imagine the world!

    The Tilt Kids Festival is presented by the French Institute Alli

  • Created by: French Culture
March 4, 2016
  • Anima: A Collaborative Project

  • Mar 4, 2016 to Apr 14, 2016
  • Location: The Invisible Dog Art Center
  • Description:

    As part of the Tilt Kids Festival, co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), The Invisible Dog Art Center will present Anima, an installation open from March 5 to April 14. 

    A luscious forest and archaeological dig open up a world of myth and magic in Anima. Kids are invited into the immersive and interactive installation to explore the connection between man, animals, and soul, inspired by Mayan culture.

    Anima is a collaboration between visual artist Prune Nourry(Terracotta Daughters, 2014) and anthropologist Valentine Losseau with artists Etienne Saglio and Takao Shiraishi, scenographer Benjamin Gabrié, and Cie 14:20.

    Prune Nourry is a New York-based French multidisciplinary artist who is currently in residence at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. Trained as a sculptor, Nourry now also explores mediums such as photography, film, performance, and design. She draws her inspiration from themes surrounding bioethic

  • Created by: French Culture
March 10, 2016

  • Mar 10, 2016 to May 27, 2016
  • Location: Paris Theatre and Angelika Film Center
  • Description:

    Cohen Media Group is proud to announce the release of MARGUERITE, writer-director Xavier Giannoli’s satirical tragicomedy set in France in the 1920s, starring Catherine Frot (The Dinner Game, Family Resemblances) as Marguerite Dumont, an eccentric and exceedingly wealthy would-be Opera diva.  Nominated for 11 César Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress, the film was selected for the Venice and Telluride Fim Festivald, and is scheduled to open in New York at The Paris Theater and the Angelika Film Center on Friday, March 11 with a national roll-out to follow.

    Not far outside Paris, at the beginning of the Roaring 20s, Marguerite lives in a sumptuous mansion, spending much of her time singing famous opera arias dressed in elaborate theatrical costumes. Marguerite sings whole-heartedly, bearing her soul, but is also terribly, and comically, out of tune. When a young, provocative journalist writes a rave review of her latest private recital, Marguerite’s delusion that s

  • Created by: Aimee Morris
March 26, 2016
  • Camus: A Stranger in the city

  • Mar 26, 2016 at 2:00pm to Apr 19, 2016 at 3:00pm
  • Location: New York City
  • Description:

    This spring marks the 70th anniversary of Camus’s one and only trip to the United States. From March to May 1946, he delivered lectures at universities, spoke of the French resistance to Nazi occupation, and acted as a critical observer of American society. Outside of intellectual and literary circles, the young author was scarcely known when he arrived. But he would be. During the course of his visit, his novel The Stranger was published in English for the first time. The New Yorker interviewed him, and the New York Herald Tribune proclaimed him the “boldest writer in France today.”

    Fifty-six years after his tragic death in a car crash, Albert Camus remains a major intellectual figure in the world. His reflections on absurdism and revolt, his constant battle for life, freedom and justice against nihilism, terror and ideologies, continue to stimulate discussion and provoke debate. His writings not only inspire artists in music, theater, and cinema; they also help their readers to live.

  • Created by: Alix de Cazotte
March 28, 2016
  • Camp de printemps en français

  • Mar 28, 2016 at 5:00am to Apr 1, 2016 at 12:30pm
  • Location: French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
  • Description:


    Offrez à vos enfants des vacances de printemps en français au FIAF! Cette semaine divertissante sera un séjour d’immersion complète pour vos enfants. Ils créeront, chanteront, danseront,  et exploreront tout en découvrant la culture française. Ouvert aux enfants de tous les niveaux, de débutant à bilingue.

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March 29, 2016
  • JE VEUX VOUS REVOIR - pièce de théâtre en français - à Manhattan

  • Mar 29, 2016 at 4:00pm to Apr 3, 2016 at 11:00am
  • Location: 4Th Street Theatre
  • Description:

    JE VEUX VOUS REVOIR s’inspire d’une histoire vraie et poignante sur la première guerre mondiale.

    Ce spectacle est né des lettres envoyées par Eugène Wernert, professeur agrégé d’histoire géographie, à sa femme Thérèse, au début du conflit. Il retrace son parcours, lui, auquel l’avenir souriait, qui va laisser sa femme et ses enfants, pour aller au devant de l’horreur et qui ne souhaitera qu’une seule chose au cours de ces longs mois : Revoir les siens.

    Le spectateur sera le témoin de cette vie de simple soldat, de la période de sa mobilisation à l’arrivée au front en première ligne et de celle de sa femme restée seule à Lyon, avec l’envie immense de le voir sortir indemne de cette guerre affreuse…

    Ces lettres inédites et magnifiquement écrites sont interprétés par Mathilde Guillemot et Guillaume Le Guernec, deux jeunes comédiens talentueux.

    Mis en scène par Séverine Lafforgue, ce spectacle a remporté un vif succès auprès de nombreux spectateurs et notamment de plus de 500 collégiens et lyc

  • Created by: Séverine LAFFORGUE
March 31, 2016
  • Focus on French Cinema 2016

  • Mar 31, 2016 to Apr 5, 2016
  • Location: Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich CT, Avon Theater ,Stamford CT and French Institute Alliance Française ( FIAF)
  • Description:

     Focus on French Cinema 12 edition - April 1-5

    10 U.S. Premieres - 20 films in 5 days

    Nathalie Baye is "marainne" and Matthiew Rhys at Opening Night U.S. Premiere of  Come What May ( En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait) with Director Christian Carion.

    Other stars - Melanie Laurent,Dominique Besnehard, Lionel Baier, Alix Delaporte and more

  • Created by: Renee Amory Ketcham

  • Mar 31, 2016 to May 13, 2016
  • Location: Lincoln Plaza Cinema
  • Description:

    Cohen Media Group is proud to announce the release of STANDING TALL, writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot’s urgent and sympathetic drama about a teenage delinquent and the tireless efforts of the juvenile judge (Catherine Deneuve,) and counselor (Benoit Magimel) assigned to his case, to save him. The Opening Night selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, STANDING TALL won 2 César Awards for Best Newcomer (Rod Paradot) and Best Supporting Actor (Benoit Magimel) and will open in New York on Friday, April 1 at Lincoln Plaza Cinema with a national roll out to follow.

    Sixteen-year-old Malony (Rod Paradot) is surrounded by adults both callous and supportive. On the latter side is a warm-hearted court judge Florence Blaque (Catherine Deneuve) and a devoted social worker Yann (Benoît Magimel, The Piano Teacher); on the other side stand most other authority figures. Clearly a victim of circumstances and poor parenting from his basket case of a mother (Sara Forestier, The Names of Love), he’s als

  • Created by: Aimee Morris
  • Painting Exhibition Twitter art exhibit

  • Mar 31, 2016 at 2:00pm to Apr 21, 2016 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Trygve Lie Gallery
  • Description:

    Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC is an international exhibition of original postcard art benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program, in which young women in foster care learn to create and market a unique line of goods. The entire exhibition is carried out by an unpaid, volunteer corps of organizers and artists.

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April 1, 2016
  • DUO1804's Orchestra for Life

  • Apr 1, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016
  • Location: 55 East 59th Street
  • Description:

    Daniel Bernard Roumain and DJ Val-Inc, together known asDUO1804, will present Orchestra for Life on April 2 as part ofTilt Kids Festival, co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). 

    Versed in hip hop, rock, electronic and classical music, and “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), composer/violinist DBR and Afro-Electronica musician DJ Val-Inc create an immersive and interactive experience with the audience in the celebratory, exclamatoryOrchestra for Life.

    Created together with a public of all ages, this concert-performance redefines the audience experience with electrifying energy, inviting kids and parents to move and sing along with the music. 

    Prior to the performance, the two musicians will lead an interactive workshop as participants learn about the tools and constructs of creating music and sound—in a contemporary fashion—using the body, the voice, acoustic, and electronic instruments to

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  • BAM Presents Carnival of the Animals by Circa

  • Apr 1, 2016 to Apr 3, 2016
  • Location: BAM Fisher
  • Description:

    As part of Tilt Kids Festival, co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), the Australian circus company Circa will perform Carnival of the Animals at BAM Fisher on April 2 and 3. 

    A menagerie of Australia’s most talented acrobats transforms into elephants, kangaroos, swans, and other creatures. Circa, the premier circus-theater ensemble from down under, performs a fantastical afternoon set to the infamous strains of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.

    Since 2004, Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 33 countries across six continents. At the centre of Circa is the art. Shows that push the boundary of the circus artform, blur the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus and yet are a uni

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  • Play Reading of Oh Boy!

  • Apr 1, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016
  • Location: The Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Description:

    As part of the Tilt Kids Festival, co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), the French Cultural Services will host an English reading of the children's play Oh Boy!, directed byOlivier Letellier, on April 2.

    Oh Boy! is the honest and heartrending story of a group of siblings that falls from the sky into the lap of an unqualified, unprepared young man. With tenderness and humor, Marie-Aude Murail's renowned children's novel examines some of life’s most devastating events, such as illness and the loss of a loved one, and challenges society’s definitions of normalcy and family. 

    The reading will be followed by a Q&A.

    Adapted for the stage by Catherine Verlaguet; translated by Nicholas Elliott; performed by Matthew Brown. 

    Produced by Théâtre du Phare, and presented in association with the New Victory Theater. 

    Olivier Letellier was trained at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He discovered storytelling through G

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  • Contemporary digital artist from Nice Edmonde Bizelli to Exhibit in NYC Art Show

  • Apr 1, 2016 at 7:00am to Apr 21, 2016 at 2:00pm
  • Location: Agora Gallery
  • Description:

    NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Contemporary digital artist from Nice Edmonde Bizelli in Forms and Formalities.

    Edmonde Bizelli makes digital art that combines the sharpness and clarity of computer imagery with a softness and range of textures more commonly seen in traditional painting. Having worked as a graphic designer, Bizelli has developed an instinctive feel for the flexibility of digital technology and employs it to striking effect. “I don’t know any artist yet that works with my techniques,” she notes, and that sense of adventurousness is fully communicated in her work. Creating her images mainly on an iPad, she transfers them onto such materials as plexiglass and canvas, giving each work a strong physical presence.


    Image: Edmonde Bizelli, Waiting for Someone, Mixed Media on Plexiglass, 40 x 40

  • Created by: Lee Eagle
  • The EU Refugee Crisis and the Future of Europe

  • Apr 1, 2016 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Location: Columbia University Maison Française
  • Description:

    A half-day conference

    Event Location: East Gallery, Buell Hall (Maison Française)

    RSVP at www.maisonfranç


    The current EU refugee crisis now seems to threaten the viability of the Schengen borders and raises questions about the future of the European Union and the possibility of a Britxit.  This colloquium will explore Europe’s special situation, geographically as well as juridically, the meaning of the crisis for the future of the Union  in an interdisciplinary discussion among lawyers, political and social scientists, and historians on refugee and asylum law and rights today.

    Conference participants: Alexander Aleinikoff (Columbia), Seyla Benhabib (Yale University), Stefanos Geroulanos (NYU), Ayten Gundogdu (Columbia), Bernard Harcourt (Columbia), Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia), Daniel Kanstroom (Boston College Law School), & Adam Tooze (Columbia).

    The conference is organized and moderated by Seyla Benhabib, Yale University and Senior Scholar in Residence at the Columbia Center for

  • Created by: Joella Jones