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Live Talk: Angélique Kidjo & Bill T. Jones

Angélique Kidjo ©FXP-Festival Experiences | Bill T. Jones ©Stephanie Berger

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Festival Experiences and Festival d'Avignon present the third Live Talk of the program Classes d'Art du Festival d'Avignon

WHEN: Monday, November 9, at 1PM (EST)

WITH: Angélique Kidjo, Beninese Singer and Songwriter, and Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.

Location: Online

Duration: 75 minutes including Q&A

45 to 50 minutes on the theme Black woman, a tribute to Leopold Senghor in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palais des Papes; 20 minutes for the Q&A. Questions will be collected prior to the talk, and in the live chat. 

Access via Zoom Webinar: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c9CfTAk6RMS3JyQSSHmGvg

About The Speakers

Angélique Kidjo 

Beninese popular singer Angélique Kidjo navigates between three continents, several languages, and musical adventures that enlarge the scope of African music to pop, jazz, and modern opera. Her fiery temperament and her engagement have made her one of the symbols of a complex mutant culture, at once shifting and deeply rooted. The BBC has included her in its list of fifty icons of the African continent. Time Magazine called her the “first African diva” and she is part of The Guardian’s list of the 100 most influential women in the world. The Daily Telegraph described her in 2012, at the London Olympics, as the “undisputed queen of African music”. She occasionally writes for the New York Times. On July 25, 2017, she created the show Femme noire/Black Woman after a poem by Léopold Sédar Senghor, Celebration of African women, presented in the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais des Papes as the closing show of the 71st Festival d’Avignon. Angélique Kidjo is the recipient of many awards, among which are three world music Grammy Awards and one contemporary music Grammy Award.

Bill T. Jones

Bill T. Jones is recognized for his contributions as a dancer and choreographer. Renowned for provocative performances that blend an eclectic mix of modern and traditional dance, Mr. Jones creates works that challenge us to confront tough subjects and inspire us to greater heights. Founding Artistic director of New York Live Arts and artistic director/co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Bill T. Jones has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award to Kennedy Center Honors in 2010 and the Medal of Arts, awarded by President Barak Obama, in 2013. Jones was honored with the 2014 Doris Duke Award, recognized as Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010, inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009, and named “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. He is a two-time Tony Award recipient for Best Choreography for FELA! and Spring Awakening and received an Obie Award for Spring Awakening's off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award. 

About Festival Experiences 

Starting September 2020, Festival Experiences, a subsidiary company of the Festival d'Avignon, offers an online series of historical content from the archives of the past 20 years of the Festival d'Avignon through a program of master classes entitled “Classes d’Art du Festival d’Avignon". In each “Classe d’Art”, an artist speaks of their creative approach alongside the re-transmissions of their shows from the Festival d’Avignon. In addition to the Classe d’Art online, Live Talks (via zoom) moderated by an American expert will be organized during the fall.


The program of Classes d'Art du Festival d'Avignon in the United States is co-organized by Festival Experiences with Festival d'Avignon, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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