December 12, 2007

100 Dessus Dessous
December 10 - 21th, 2007 - 8th edition at La Villette


Now in its’ 8th edition, 100 Dessus Dessous is aimed at all those who believe:
– that we can still have inventive, pointless and emancipating collective adventures, without being retrograde hippies,
– that appearing on a TV set at peak hour to give one’s opinion cannot be taken as a sure sign of success,
– that we can talk about theatre without quoting authors every second sentence,
– that ending your sentences with the word "motherfucker" doesn’t make you a contemporary poet,
– that the world is not just a Western world and that there are lots of people in other places too,
– that not everything can be explained or measured, which leaves a lot of play room for all types of interpretations, even the most absurd,
– that there are still some healthy utopias remaining, and not just futile angers.

In brief, an event dedicated to all of you who just want to take a little break, and let yourselves go to all sorts of things surprising, excessive, insignificant and a bit derisory. A snapshot of the current state of the world. Frédéric Mazelly

Soirée-parcours n°1
At 07:00 pm at the Maison de la Villette | Monday, December 10th | Tuesday, December 11th
Gob Squad / Super Night Shot
Vincent Dupont / Incantus

Soirée-parcours n°2
At 07:00 pm at the Maison de la Villette | Wednesday, December 12th | Thursday, December 13th
Anne Hirth / Wait here for further instructions
Yves-Noël Genod / Hamlet
Miss Marion / Dressing Room

Soirée-parcours n°3
At 07:00 pm at the Maison de la Villette | Friday, December 14th | Saturday, December 15th
andcompany&Co. / little red (play) :"herstory"
Berlin / Bonanza

Soirée-parcours n°4
At 07:00 pm at the Maison de la Villette | Monday, December 17th | Tuesday, December 18th
Carole Perdereau / Micro Music
Ivana Müller / While We Were Holding It Together
Pieter Ampe & Guilherme Garrido / Still difficult duet

Soirée-parcours n°5
At 07:00 pm at the Maison de la Villette | Wednesday, December 19th | Thursday, December 20th
Alain Michard / CouaC
Edit Kaldor / Point Blank
Clémence Coconnier / Vertige

Soirée-parcours n°6
At 07:00 pm at the Maison de la Villette | Friday, December 21th
Soirée spéciale Essais / Ecole supérieure du Centre national de danse contemporaine Angers/Direction Emmanuelle Huynh

Festival Villette 100 Dessus Dessous

Etablissement Public du Parc et de la Grande Halle de la Villette
211 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris

Evennings start at pm 7:00 at La Maison de la Villette except on December 16th (off).
Free schuttles buses will take people from the starting point to the performance venues.
Accessibility : Maison de la Villette : M° Porte de Pantin (line 5) or Porte de la Villette (line 7).

Reservation : ++ 33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Press and Trade : ++ 33 (0)1 40 03 78 49 or

Box office Parc de la Villette :
Rates : 10 € "soirée-parcours" ticket

Folie Information (exit Porte de Pantin) :
every days from am 11:00 to pm 6:30

Maison de la Villette : from December 10th to 21th (except sunday 16th) from pm 6:30
on line


Piaf, une vie en rose (and black)
at the Cirque d'Hiver until January 5th

A new musical explores the life of one of France's most emblematic singers.

Edith Piaf, born Édith Giovanna Gassion, may have died nearly 45 years ago, but her instantly recognisable voice and trademark songs are still played on the radio today, and following the film "La Vie En Rose" (see trailer below) which tells her tumultuous life story, there is now a new stage show called La Vie et Rose Et Noir.

For foreign visitors especially, Piaf represents a certain image of France, the war, optimism in the face of adversity... For example, you may not know that she gave birth to a daughter when only 17, only to lose the baby to meningitis two years later, that she met the love of her life - a professional boxer - in New York, and that he died in a plane crash whilst coming to see her in Paris, that Marlene Dietrich was a witness at one of her later marriages, that she went into detox (for morphine) in 1953, that Charles Aznavour was her driver and secretary, that at age 47 she married a man over 20 years younger than herself...

Quite a life!

The new musical now tells her story at the Cirque d'Hiver - itself a magnificent building, filled with red velvet, often used as an indoor circus. If you fancy a night of French nostalgia in a beautiful setting during your stay in Paris, this could be the show for you!

Une Vie En Rose Et Noir
18th December 2007-5th January 2008

Cirque d'Hiver
110 rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Métro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8)

Tickets 24-45 euros


December 05, 2007

Yin et yang
The stars of the Beijin Circus until January 13th at the Phénix Circus

A hell of a man, Alain Pacherie ! Passionnate about circus, he took over the torch of the Beijing Circus and the Moscow Circus without compromising : under these designations, Fernand Lombroso, a genius producer, presented from the 1960's to the 1990's, the best of the USSR and China circus acts thanks the to trusted relations he forged with the Cultural Affairs of the two countries.

In turn, Alain Pacherie paces the Far East in search of the exceptional and presents it under his Phoenix Circus marquee, lawn of Reuilly. You need to make some adjustements, some variations, and then sign a staging in synch with our time : director of the "Tomorrow's worldwide Circus Festival" (Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain), Alain Pacherie is indeed a man who do not wants the circus bounded to the vulgarity of sparkling g-strings, dopey collage numbers and out of date drumming.

For this latest vintage of The stars of the Beijin Circus, he add to the pure circus artists crew, a troupe of eight Shaolin monks. It still needs to perform the marriage of Chinese-circus artistry of acrobatics and the Shaolin monks, subject to a martial arts discipline and mysterious concentration allowing them to harden their bodies as stone, therefore insensitive to the most cutting blades and the hardest marbles they break in a whim. Le spectacle en sort contrasté, avec d’un côté la virilité des moines et de l’autre la grâce et l’adresse des acrobates. The show cpomes out contrasted with in one hand some manly monks and the other grace and agile acrobats.

The challenge of bringing together these two disciplines is exciting. The show, presented with the silhouette of the Imperial City palace in the background, and costumes reminiscent of the elegance of the eternal China, contains beautiful circus acts: body pagodas covering lit chandeliers and umbrella, an especially incredible performance of Icarian, juggling with human bodies. A set of new and unique numbers to the delight thrill and aestheticism seekers.

The stars of the Beijin Circus
until January 13th, 2008

Cirque Phénix
Pelouse de Reuilly
75012 Paris

Duration : 2 heures

Location : 0825 039 040
Fees : de 20 à 53 €


November 30, 2007

The Neil Simon's Sunshine Boys
until December 15th, 2oo7 at the Athénée théâtre Louis-Jouvet

Al Lewis and Willy Clark, two inseparable legends of the golden age of American comedy television are more known as The Sunshine Boys, title of the TV show still alive in the memory of every American watching them with delight for half a century. Even then, their disputes were going over and over again: Al is as much irascible and difficult as Willy is reasonable and arranging and little by little they got really mad at each other after Willy retired after a 43 years career ! So when a producer offers them to go back on stage to resume their legendary duo what can happen ? The salary is attractive, so once again they are acting before the cameras, but both sexagenarian blow their fuses and resumes their well oiled routine, for our greatest pleasure.

The Flemish company adapt the New York vaudeville, a classic of this genre with all its good tricks, his usual gags, but with the sauce "Marius" and managed with a minimum of means and good actors to stage this great sketch, real verbal tennis, hilarious comic joust bringing us to tear with laughters. Hoots of laughters ahead!

Show lenght : 1 hour 15 min. no break

The Neil Simon's Sunshine Boys
Staging: Comp.Marius
Wednesday, November 28th to Saturday, December 15th 2oo7

Athénée théâtre Louis-Jouvet
square de l’Opéra Louis-Jouvet
7 rue Boudreau
75oo9 Paris
tél. : o1 53 o5 19 19

Tuesday 07pm, Wednesday to Saturday 08pm
Exceptional matinees: Sunday, December 9 at 16h and Saturday, December 15 at 15h
Large room
Location: o1 53 o5 19 19
Full fare: from 28 € to 12 €
Reduced rate: 23 € to 1o €
Less than 3o years, over 65 years, job seekers upon presentation of proof
D-Day: from 14 € to 6 € **
** Less than 3o years and unemployed (5o% discount on the same day upon presentation of proof)
Card athénée young (1o €): from 14 € to 6 € (less than 3o years)

Around the show

Neil Simon evening , "The King of Comedy" around the Sunshine Boys by actors from the show. Film Screening: The Sunshine boys by Neil Simon (1975) with Walter Matthau and George Burns.

cinéma Le Balzac
1 rue Balzac
75oo8 Paris

reservations o1 43 59 o5 oo
Rates 9 € & 7 € for the audience of the play
Monday, December 3 2oo7> 2o h 3o


November 27, 2007

Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma à Paris
A cool film festival in Paris
27th November - 4th Décember 2007

If you thought cinema was just sitting back in a dark room for 90 minutes, think again. The 13th edition of the Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma à Paris is a chance to not only discover new cinema, but also meet the people behind it and participate in discussions that give the - dare I say it - wider picture.

For example, Todd Haynes will be present for a pre-release screening of his Dylan concept-bio pic I'm Not There, in which six different actors portray the iconic singer, and a leçon de cinéma where he we be talking about his body of work and answering question from the public. Have a look at the international trailer for I'm Not There...


Few directors have established a reputation like Todd Haynes' in such a short time. Few directors have displayed such eclecticism, brilliance and impressive mastery in just five films. And few have been capable of moving with such virtuosity from Jean Genet's world to Douglas Sirk's or Bob Dylan's. Few directors can pride themselves on having both a remarkable talent from screenwriting and a mind-blowingly inventive sense of mise-en-scene. Few directors have the talent to make us rediscover, film after film, the immeasurable pleasure of being a cinema spectator. The unique joy of being immersed in a highly original world so rich in inspiration, poetry and intelligence, that it restores your confidence in the magic of the silver screen for a long time. Finally, few directors show as much generosity and simplicity as he does. Of course, you could forever envy Todd Haynes for being blessed with so many talents. But for precisely the same reasons, you can also be an absolute fan of his. Xavier Leherpeur journalist

Underground filmmaker Lech Kowalski will be present for screenings of nine of his films, there's a pre-release screening of the the new Ken Loach drama It's a Free World, and a cycle of young Romanian cinema will also be shown. There are also a couple of workshops about how to get a film made for less than 1 million euros, and how to develop a script that will interest producers and financiers.


I'd seen and shown some of Lech's Kowalski's early films, all so steeped in the atmosphere of NY's Lower East Side that it was startling to meet him for the first time only in Paris in 2002. We chatted, our wives chatted, and we mentioned we were heading off to Kabul to try to show movies to kids who, thanks to Taliban rule, had never seen them before. He displayed some mild interest about the idea. But when he actually showed up at Roissy a few days later we couldn't have been more surprised - things just don't happen that quickly in France.
The next ten days saw us live some unforgettable adventures together. And they showed some key things about Lech, as a a filmmaker and as a man. His uncanny sense of timing - he was always there when he needed to be there, and faded away when he wasn't. His sensitivity to the tiniest, most touching detail - something the harsh surfaces of his films had kept me from appreciating up til then.And, above all, his keen sense of how absurd comedy and stark tragedy live next door to each other in cheap rooms, and get together to try to party. Peter Scarlet directeur of Tribeca Film Festival

27th November - 4th Décember 2007

the Reflet Médicis
3 rue Champollion
75005 Paris
métro Cluny-La Sorbonne (line 10)

the Arlequin
76 rue de Rennes,
75006 Paris
métro Saint-Sulpice (line 4

between 5.50 euros and 3.50 euros per film

November 20, 2007

50th anniversary of the West Side Story creation
live in english from November 20th at the Théatre du Chatelet

West Side Story is a musical written by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The story is based loosely on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which was, in turn, based on a narrative poem by Arthur Brooke entitled The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet (1562).

Set on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The young protagonist, Anton ("Tony"), who belongs to the white gang, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the leader of the rival Puerto Rican gang. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater. Bernstein's score for the musical has become extremely popular; it includes "Something's Coming", "Maria", "America," "Somewhere," "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", "One Hand, One Heart", and "Cool".

The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Stephen Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances (a successful run for the time), before going on tour. The production garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical in 1957, but the award ultimately went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man. The show has enjoyed an even longer-running London production, a number of revivals and international success, and spawned an innovative, award-winning 1961 musical film of the same name.

From an original concept by Jerome Robbins
Mucic composed by Leonard Bernstein
Livret Arthur Laurents
Lyrics Stephen Sondheim
Original Choreography Jerome Robbins

Musical Direction Donald Chan
Director & Choreography by Joey McKneely

Decors Paul Gallis
Costumes Renate Schmitzer
Lights Peter Halbsgut
Sound Rick Clarke
Orchestra: The West Side Story Orchestra

Originally Produced in Broadway by Robert E. Griffith & Harold S. Prince in partnership with Roger L. Stevens

Coproduction with Michael Brenner for BB Promotion, in partnership with Paul Szilard & Sundance Productions, N.Y.

Show lenght : about 02 hours & 30 minutes

West Side Story
Bernstein /Robbins
From November 20th to January 1st,2008

Théâtre du Châtelet
1, Place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris

Reservation : 01 40 28 28 40
Phone: +33 (0)1 40 28 28 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 40 28 29 01

Ticket prices:
- normal price: 23 €
- discount (under 26 and unemployed): 12€
- groups: 19 € (information and bookings: +33 (0)1 42 56 90 10)
- children: free entrance for children under 9 (except for Christmas Concerts). Infants (less than 3) are not allowed into the venue, except for concerts specifically aimed at them.


November 12, 2007

The Berbers Crazy Nights
until December 29th at Le Cabaret Sauvage

The Berbers Crazy Nights are back at the Cabaret Sauvage. This is happening somewhere between Algiers and Marrakech, Parc de la Villette, the Parisian winter can't do without it, the most diverse public know how it breathes joy, surprise… and coriander soup ! It's called "The Berber Crazy Nights," and it's at the Cabaret Sauvage in November!

Karim Ziad, Hassan Idbasaid and Abdenour Djemai will be the Maestro of these Berbers Crazy Nights.
They're cooking a team of 8 for their toes, their rhythmic articulation and sensual flexibility, and there goes the fantasia!
They're coming from everywhere: acrobats, dancers from all latitudes, trapezist crazy loops... You'll suddenly discover that the dancer is that cashier you met just a moment ago and that your neighbor is making a quite convincing contortionist !

There is live music, eating, dancing, it is a real souk.
At night, try it Berber and crazy and if you ever come through, you'll come back for more.

Show from Thursdat to Saturday at 07:30pm
Admission: 22 € / 19 € Reduced (students, job seekers, child-12 years) outside rental fees
Diner-Show from 07:30pm :50 € (FNAC administration fee non included)

reservation : Fnac, Virgin and 01 42 09 01 09
Monday to Friday from 02pm to 06pm

Cabaret Sauvage
Parc de la Villette
211 avenue Jean Jaurès - 75019 Paris
tel administration : 01 42 09 03 09
fax : 01 42 09 11 17
e-mail :

Accès piéton par le 59 bd Mac Donald

Métro : Porte de la Villette (Line 7)

Bus : Stop Porte de la Villette
PC2 Porte d’Italie / Porte de la Villette
PC3 Porte Maillot / Porte des Lilas
75 Pont Neuf
139 Saint-Ouen Place d’Armes
150 Pierrefitte / Stains
152 Le Blanc-Mesnil
249 Dugny Centre Ville
609 C Stalingrad / Aulnay sous Bois
Bus de nuit : Garges Sarcelles / Aubervilliers Pantin Quatre Chemins

Parking Villette Nord / Cité des Sciences
Entrance at 61 bd Mac Donald


November 10, 2007

Digital Japanese film festival from november 13 to 20th 2007

2nd Edition of KINOTAYO : The Kinotayo Festival will take place within Paris downtown, Paris area, and throughout France. Screenings will take place everyday from 6 pm and through the day during the week end (no screening on Sunday evening)
Mains screening rooms in Paris : Maison de la culture du Japon, Elysées-Biarritz (see below)

More than 10 long runs have been selected out of last 18 months Japan launches.
They represent all creative styles and subjects. 2 « Golden Sun's» will be awarded based on audience vote as in 2006.

Miss Kaori Momoi will be the President of the 2007 edition and will attend the Festival together with 6 other Directors who will have a dialogue with the audience.
How to attend ?
Tickets will be sold at the entrance of each screening, membership cards will be
offered by Festival Partners and allow to participate to the vote and win a large Flat Screen LCD Funai TV set everyday.

The main Kinotayo screening room will be:
22/24 rue Quentin Bauchart
75008 Paris

Program :
Ichijiku No Kao (Face of a Fig Tree)
Director: Kaori Momoi
With : Hanako Yamada, Kaori Momoi, Saburo Ishikura
Duration : 94 mn

Ashita No Watashi No Tsukurikata (How to become Myself)
Director: Jun Ichikawa
With : Riko Narumi, Atsuko Maeda, Mariko Ishihara, Yoshizumi Ishihara
Duration : 97 mn Inspiré d’une nouvelle de Kaori Mado.

Zukan Ni Nottenai Mushi (The Bug that’s not in the Guide)
Director: Satoshi Miki
With : Yusuke Iseya, Rinko Kikuchi, Suzuki Matsuo
Duration : 103 mn

Strawberry shortcakes
Director: Hitoshi Yazaki
With : Chizuru Ikewaki, Noriko Nakagoshi, Yuko Nakamura, Tohko Iwase, Ryo Kase, Masanobu Ando
Duration : 127 mn

Matsugane rancha Jiken (The Matsugane Potshot Affair)
Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
With : Hirofumi Arai, Takashi Yamanaka, Miwa Kawagoe, Yuichi Kimura, Tomokazu Miura
Duration : 112 mn

Life can be so wonderful
Director: Osamu Minorikawa
With : Ryuhei Matsuda, Mikako Ichikawa, Hitomi Katayama, Miyuki Matsuda, Akira Emoto
Duration : 72 mn

Yokohama Mary
Director: Takayuki Nakamura Documentaire.
With : Michiko Godai, Ganjiro Nagato, Yoko Yamazaki
Duration : 92 mn

Kûchû Teien (Hanging Garden)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
With : Kyoko Koizumi, Itsuji Itao, An Suzuki, Masahiro Hirota
Duration : 113 mn

Tantei Jimusho 5 (Story of Detective 5)
Director: Kaizo Hayashi
With : Hirotaka Narimiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako

Director: Takushi Tsubokawa
With : Masayuki Shionoya, Mariko Takahashi, Shotiro Kataoka
Duration : 105mn

Jin-Roh, the wolf brigade
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
With : Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Yukihiro Yoshida
Duration : 100mn