SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Interview with Sharon Fantl, Assistant Director, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, NH

By French Culture Arts

Sharon Fantl, Assistant Director, Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, NH, attended the Dance Focus 2016 organized by Institut francais and ONDA (office national de diffusion artistique) from September 21 to 24, 2016, at the Lyon Dance Biennial. The 2016 edition of DANCE FOCUS -- designed for international presenters and curators - brought together more than 280 professionals from 50 different countries. Professionals had the opportunity to see new works by Christian Rizzo, Bouchra Ouizguen, Olivier Dubois, Francois Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea, Olivia Grandville, and recent works by Rachid Ouramdane, Vincent Dupont, and meet with artists developing new work, such as Radhouane El Meddeb, Dorothee Munyaneza, Fanny de Chaille, Lafifa Laabissi, Melanie Perrier, Ali Moini, Amala Dianor, Antoine Defoort, and more.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Interview with Valerie Steele, Director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

By French Culture Arts

Valerie Steele has organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1997, including The Corset, London Fashion, Gothic: Dark Glamour; Daphne Guinness, A Queer History of Fashion, Dance and Fashion and the forthcoming Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe.


Dance Conversation with Anne Nguyen and Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim, Compagnie par Terre

By French Culture Arts

Breakdance world champion Anne Nguyen makes her U.S. debut at Crossing the Line festival with Graphic Cyphers, a commission from the organization Dancing in the Streets, and the presentation of the quartet Autarcie (…) Anne Nguyen and Sonia Bel Hadj Brahim, one of the dancers of Autarcie (…) speak with Nicole Birmann Bloom, Program Officer, Performing Arts, French Cultural Services.


Princeton University's France Global Seminar on French Theater Today

By French Culture Arts

Princeton University's France Global Seminar entitled French Theater Today: In Practice and Performance in Paris and at the Avignon Theater Festival, took place from June 11 to July 23, 2016. Coordinated by Senior Lecturer Florent Masse, the course introduced students to the rich history of French theater, to its traditional and contemporary scene, as well as to the vibrant Avignon Festival. Sam Gravitte, student, shares his impressions.

AUGUST 31, 2016

Interview with Mohamed El Khatib, author-director

By French Culture Arts

French/Moroccan author and director Mohamed El Khatib will present "Finir en beauté”, a solo lecture presentation on loss and remembrance, drawing from documents from his family’s past at Time Based Art Festival, Portland Institute of the Arts (September 16-18) and at Princeton Festival of Princeton University Seuls en scène (September 28-29).

JULY 18, 2016

Interview with Artists Alliance Director Jodi Waynberg

By French Culture Arts

Jodi Waynberg is the Executive Director of Artists Alliance Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the careers of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators through residencies, exhibitions, and commissioned projects.

JUNE 27, 2016

‘Degas in New Orleans’…the scandalous tale as told by playwright Rosary O’Neill


Playwright Rosary O'Neill, is proud to be a seventh generation, bilingual, New Orleanian. Though she now lives and works in New York City, she maintains a soft-spot for people who were associated with Louisiana, such as the famous voodoo witch Marie Laveau. At present, Rosary is working on a project involving the famed French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, who visited New Orleans in 1872.

JUNE 10, 2016

Philosophy for Kids

By Suzanne Buracas

On March 19, 2016, as part the Tilt Kids Festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York initiated a one-of-a-kind event for children, inspired by the French books "Les Goûters Philo". Under the starry ceiling of Albertine Books, 80 children gathered in small groups to deep dive into philosophy and express their thoughts on subjects such as friendship and the infinite. The workshops were led by Critchley’s PhD students, who shared their experiences with us following this first-time event.

JUNE 6, 2016

Interview with ICP Curator Pauline Vermare

By French Culture Arts

Pauline Vermare is an Associate Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York, where she has worked since 2010. We asked her about the new ICP Museum and the inaugural show, Public, Private, Secret, opening June 23.

JUNE 4, 2016

Interview with Art-Act


French artists Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian, laureates of the 2015 American Residencies program of the Institut Français, were invited to Centraltrak, the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, in November and December 2015.

MAY 26, 2016

Interview with Playwright Israel Horovitz

By Nicole Birmann Bloom

Read our interview with playwright, screenwriter and director Israel Horovitz, whose new play 'Out the Mouths of Babes' will be presented at The Cherry Lane Theater from June 7 to July 17, 2016.

MAY 16, 2016

Interview with Curator Béatrice Gross

By Dorothée Charles

Read an interview with Béatrice Gross, who has co-curated 'Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection', on view at The Drawing Center through June 12, 2016.