On the stage, a woman is crawling, surrounded by other actors lurking around her threateningly. The woman tries to defend her with her words, tries to save face, but stammers. Her words are useless against their anger.
Paris-based choreographer and dancer, Johan Amselem, has been selected as the first McKnight International Fellowship, coordinated by Northrop Concerts and Lectures of the University of Minnesota. He will be in residence in until June 2012.
Idlewild Books, the four-year-old travel guide and literature store on 18th Street in Manhattan, has now added a second location in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood. The new store specializes in foreign-language books for adults and children. It also offers language classes in French, Spanish and Italian.
The President of the 39th Angoulême International Comics Festival from 26 to 29 January 2012 will be the great American artist Art Spiegelman. Author of Maus (and designer of the official festival poster) Spiegleman will be honored with a retrospective of over 200 works (he provided exclusive drawings for the event.)
On January 19th, 2012, Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, conferred the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters on Will Barnet, artist, painter, printmaker, and professor.
After a series of successful performances last year at Danspace Project, France-based choreographers Cecilia Bengolea and Francois Chaignaud return to New York this January in a choreographic collaboration with Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Trajal Harrell.
On January 23, Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, conferred the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters upon Gary Tinterow, as recognition for his contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.
In recent years contemporary art museums and galleries have show shown an increasing interest in the performative arts, from Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present and On Line at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to Move at the Haywar
On November 16, 2011, the French Embassy hosted a conference in the auditorium of the Maison Française to celebrate International Education Week, a joint initiative of the US Department of State and Department of Education.
Europe is in the midst of a crime wave—a surge of creative and innovative detective fiction that pays its respects to the traditions of noir while incorporating the psychological novel, the political thriller, and the border-crossings that reflect the increasingly globalized culture of the EU.
The French publishing season, known in France as the 'Rentrée litteraire', is condensed into a short three month run from August to early November. During this period, all French and foreign titles are published, a total of 654 in 2011.