Life-Size Marionettes at Paris’s Opéra Comique
Watching Opéra Baroque was the most entertaining virtual event that I have seen lately. Basil Twist has modernized a 1753 opera-ballet using life-size puppets. In the New York Times article: “Basil Twist in Paris: When Puppets Meet Baroque Opera” you read about two Americans who worked on this production in New York for the presentation in Paris at the Opéra Comique. The opera-ballet is full of special effects, including about 60 sheep, Mr. Twist, the stage director said in an interview. What you will see-The life-size marionettes/puppets and live artists perform Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's "Titon et l'Aurore".
Learning French-Babes to Adults
Learning French comes in a variety of ways. From interactive toys to online lessons to French theatre with English surtitles to language speed speaking to traditional one-on-one lessons or studying abroad. The list keeps growing to fit your convenience. Some ideas from the past for young ages like the P’tit nours bears have given way to Snow & Stella, Lily Lapin, a friend of Pierre Lapin’s, and the very popular ChiChi Love, the showstar Chihuahua. Two large toy stores in Paris stock and innumerable quantity of French and bi-lingual toys and animals. Adults over 15 need not worry because fun is in store for you! Frantastique, a humorous online learning…
Comedy (in English) Venues in Paris
Go out for the night and laugh or learn how you make me people laugh… Your choice. Here is a listing of some of the improv shows I know about in Paris. Some of the venues are seasonal (i.e., closed for the summer). Coming soon is a list of English theatre/theater in Paris. If you have anything to add to the list, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks! Improfessionals – This international improv group has been entertaining and teaching improvisation since 2001. The venue for the shows and workshops (English and French) is a canal boat along the Quai de la Seine. They are the “No. 1 English comedy…
First Paris Fringe Festival
Have you ever attended a Fringe Festival? My first off-the-main-theater circuit experience was in Edinburgh. The concept began in the 1940s in Edinburgh. Now one of the plays I reviewed "There's No Place Like" has been invited to participate in the First Paris Fringe Festival May 23-29, 2016. The festival will feature international and France-based theater companies, workshops (physical theater....
There’s No Place Like – Brings back Memories
Last night I enjoyed the play, "There's No Place Like" at Café du Theatre. Two shows tonight, January 21 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - Reservations through the café at 01 42 06 33 37). I heard many familiar memories from my own past. If you are or have been an expat from any country, hoped for a visa, wanted a foreign passport, wished you could move and claim a new country as home, were ready to work hard and faced government rejection....
Puppets And Marionettes In Paris
Children may not understand French, but visual art is multi-lingual. Below is a list of ideas for Marionnettes, Guignols, Theatre, Magic and Circus. Some theaters close for the winter. For additional information on these entertainment venues, buy either of two weekly, small-format magazines at any newsstand: l’Officiel des spectacles or Pariscope. I recommend th l’Officiel (website). Pariscope is available on Twitter @Pariscope. Under the heading “pour les jeunes” in l’Officiel des spectacles, the categories are: -classic plays -other spectacles (theatre) -talks and workshops -marionnettes/guignols -circus -zoos/aquariums -theme parks Use Google Translate for translations into English of the following Web sites. The Paris mayor’s office has a few guignol/marionette/puppet shows listed…
Paris City Hall Speaks English
The Paris Mayor’s office website has made a major and very exciting renovation. The pages are available in English and Spanish. The English homepage provides links to get you started on a Paris discovery directly from the Mayor’s office. “Visit” the city with their “click-and-pick Paris city tour!” The “Guide for foreign residents” makes your arrival in Paris a success. City hall offers useful places and addresses for students, advice on finding accommodation and the administrative documents required, etc. Solidarity initiatives, cultural exchanges, European policies and cooperation agreements make “Paris a city with an international profile“. Because Paris was right at the heart of events that marked French history and…