Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00
Paris Update What’s New in Paris
Gallim Dance’s “Wonderland.” Photo © Yi Chun Wu
Gallim Dance, a New York-based contemporary dance company, will perform for the first time in France Dec. 5-7 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, presenting founder Andrea Miller’s Wonderland, which premiered in New York in 2010. The piece conjures a powerful science-fiction universe, described by Miller herself as a brutal creation, inspired by the artist Cai Guo-qiang’s installation “Head On,” which builds a scenario around a pack of wolves, investigating pack mentality as an inherent and dangerous element of human instinct. Imagery from sports, war and communication are used to reveal the psychology of a herd acting as a unit through the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals. A key theme throughout Miller’s career has been the question of what separates humans from animals. The answer, to judge from this piece, may be “not much and nothing good.” Claudia Barbieri
Paris Update This Week’s Events
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> African cultural festival; films and concerts in various locations in Paris suburbs, through Dec. 22.
Bamako Photo In
> Exhibition of works by Malian photographers. Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Paris, through Dec. 7.
> The Cinémorphe company presents an immersive theater experience based on James Joyce's short story “The Dead.” Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Dec. 12-13.
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more, various locations, Paris, through Jan. 26.
Inédits de Jean Genet
> Auction of original manuscripts by Jean Genet, which he traded to a bookseller in exchange for books. Drouot, Paris, Dec. 5 (exhibition), Dec. 6 (auction).
Le Grand Tasting
> Wine fair featuring producers selected by the Bettane & Desseauve guide to the wines of France. Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, Dec. 6-7.
> Festival of digital art. Various locations, Paris and Ile-de-France, through Dec. 15
Paris Village de Noël Champs Elysées
> Christmas market on the Champs Elysées between the Rond-Point and the Place de la Concorde, Paris, through Jan. 5. Click here for a full list of Christmas markets in Paris.
> Gourmet food fair. Espace Champerret, Paris, Dec. 6-9.
Tandem Dakar Paris
> A cultural exchange between the French and Senegalese capitals: concerts, plays, films, fashion and more. Various locations, through Dec. 21.
Toute la Mémoire du Monde
> Festival of restored films from around the world. Guest of honor: William Friedkin, Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Dec. 8.
America Latina 1960-2013
Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00
Written by Claudia Barbieri
A Conflicted Continent's
”Untitled,” from the ”Latin Fire” series (1975-78), by Ever Astudillo. Courtesy Toluca Fine Art, Paris.
Whether by accident or design, the Fondation Cartier in Paris is devoting a major exhibition to five decades of contemporary Latin American photography just months after the
Published on Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
Works Its Charm
Ito's chef peeks out from the tiny kitchen through the sake bottles.
Don’t go to Ito if you are looking for a quiet meal. Do go with friends who like to have a good time and eat well. You will be packed in with other diners into this small place with
The French Can-Can-Do Attitude: An Iffy History of a Once-Disreputable Dance
Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00
Written by David Jaggard
Illustration by Charles Giai-Gischia. Visit his blog, Traits-Drôles, for a larger version and more drawings
If you say the word “France” to people, they immediately think of looking up women’s skirts. And there’s a perfectly good, logical reason for this: the people you happened to
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