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Online French Cultural Content Selection by the Cultural Service in Houston

From free webinars to TV series and music, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston is sharing with you its October picks of online content from France to enjoy from home.

Marie's picks
Marie Lozón de Cantelmi, Cultural Attaché

The city of Montpellier in France is well known for its dance festival 'Montpellier danse'. The choreographer Leonardo Montecchia, from Argentina and based in Montpellier for many years, opens the dialogue this automn around the body theme : how do we survive / live / adapt in the Covid pandemic times ? 3 free webinars will give you the opportunity to discuss with specialists from various domains: from dance to neurosciences and philosophy :

Tuesday October 6, 2020 at 6 pm: "Social distance / physical distance"
With Laurence Pagès - researcher and choreographer
With Benoît Bardy - professor of neurosciences at the University of Montpellier and founder of EuroMov

Tuesday November 3, 2020 at 6 pm: "The unconfined body"
With Frédérique Tison - dance teacher at STAPS, University of Montpellier + 3 dance option students.
With Véronique Fabbri - philosopher

Tuesday December 1, 2020 at 6 pm: "Le corps covid compatible"
With Raphaëlle Bouvier - actress and director
With Kirsten Debrock - choreographer

Each meeting is organized around a time of discussion between the speakers then a time of dialogue with the participants. Click here for more information.

Marion's picks
Marion Autones, Deputy Cultural Attaché

What better way to spend October' evenings than by starting a new French Netflix serie? Initially broadcasted by France 2 in 2015, Call My Agent! is now available to watch on the famous platform. The four seasons follow the life of a prestigious actors agency ASK after the accidental death of its founder.

As in many series, one or more guest stars become part of the casting for one or several episodes. Each one of these special guests play a character based on their own biography. Some of the episodes were in fact written without knowing who would jump on board, and the script ended up being adapted to the actor himself. As an example, you will find Virginie Efira, Ramzy Bedia, Fabrice Luchini, Christophe Lambert, Norman Thavaud and Julien Doré on screen.

Amandine's picks
Amandine Castillo, Cultural Service Coordinator

After 200 days of closure to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the prestigious and mythic Parisian concert hall L’Olympia finally re-opened early September with a show by French singer Brigitte Fontaine. Performing at L’Olympia, historical concert hall inaugurated in 1893, has been a dream-come-true for countless of renowned artists for more than a century. It also inspired many songwriters. Here is a short selection to listen, by key artists of the French and Quebec music heritage:

Be a VIP and discover L’Olympia’s backstage! Get a glimpse of the Marilyn Bar and the Salle du Billard or check out the beautiful 2,000 seat performance hall in this 4-minute video tour presented by Arnaud Delbarre (director of L’Olympia between 2002 and 2015).

This October, Vincent Delerme, Benjamin Biolay, Nèg’ Marrons, or event 4Keus will be part of L’Olympia’s programming. Click on their names to discover some of their best hits.

By the way, do you know Brigitte Fontaine? Get into her eccentric world with this 2001 video of “Y’a des Zazous”, a song she shares with French singer M.