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FEBRUARY 2017
 
Upcoming French events in the Midwest
 

Dear Friends,

As we are working on our 2017 multiple Midwest projects, we wish to recognize all of the individuals, foundations, organizations, and institutions in the Midwest who have so generously contributed to and collaborated on our projects and programs this past year. We are equally grateful to the brilliant thinkers, artists, and professionals with whom we have had the pleasure of working. Watch our fall 2016 Best Of below. Thanks to them, we have been able to offer richer programs that touch a wider audience across the Midwest. We are committed to bring you the same this year.

Bonne année à vous tous!

Fabrice, Denis et Laurence

WATCH OUR FALL 2016 BEST OF
 
PERFORMING ARTS
Minneapolis & Chicago
Feb 16 -19, 2017

Making its Midwest debut at the Northrop and MCA, CCN-Ballet de Lorraine from Nancy presents a wide-ranging program to celebrate Merce Cunningham's legacy and new contemporary French choreographers.

Feb 16: Northrop Aditorium at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis

Feb 18-19: Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago 

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Trap Door Theatre - Chicago
Through Feb 11, 2017

Opening this week at Trap Door Theatre is Jean Racine's classic dramatic tragedy Phèdre, directed by Nicole Wiesnerd and apapted by Paul Schmidt. 

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VISUAL ARTS

Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces Florence Derieux from Centre Pompidou as IN/SITU curator and Katell Jaffrès from Palais de Tokyo for Hors Les Murs exhibition in partnership with Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

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Speed Art Museum - Louisville (KY)
Feb 7, 2017

Jean d’Haussonville, Director of the National Estate of Chambord, give a talk about Chambord Castle one of the most unique and innovative structures handed down to us from the Renaissance.

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Hyde Park Art Center - Chicago
Feb 13 - March 24, 2017

In conjunction with Resilient Images, an exchange between Hyde Park Art Center and the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP), French artist Justine Pluvinage will be in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center. Open studio event on February 26

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Stephen Daiter Gallery - Chicago
Feb 10 - April 29, 2017
Opening with the artist: April 7, 2017

Special exhibition of French-Swiss photographer Sabine Weiss, often considered as the last of the French school of photographic humanists who flourished in France after World War II with a style that was a mixture of social realism and poetry.

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Block Museum of Art - Chicago
Ongoing until April 16, 2017

Internationally acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia presents his long-term exploration of trauma and repair, both of the body and of society, from the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and xenophobia in our time.

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Logan Art Center - Chicago
Ongoing until March 12, 2017

Paris-based Kapwani Kiwanga produces works across installation, performance, and video that marry her training in anthropology and comparative religions.

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Kemper Art Museum - St Louis
Feb 10 - May 21, 2017

With broad selection of artwoks from Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and others, this exhibit offers an overview of the thriving entertainment cultures of Paris in the last decades of the nineteenth century.

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Taft Museum of Art - Cincinnati
Feb 11 - May 14, 2017

Exploring the intersection of French art, fashion, and history, Bijoux Parisiens presents 75 glorious pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others from the Petit Palais in Paris.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
Feb 12 - May 7, 2017

A groundbreaking exhibition about Edgar Degas' fascination with high-fashion hats and the young women who made them including key works by Degas that have never been exhibited in the United States.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Ongoing until Oct 8, 2017

Children became a popular subject in French art in the 1880s and 1890s. This focused exhibition presents works on paper by Cassatt, Renoir, Lepère, and others.

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DePaul Art Museum - Chicago
Ongoing until April 2, 2017

Special exhibition with artworks from the university’s collection which explore how Romanticism impacted the iconographic representations of St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), at the dawn of the modern era.

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MUSIC
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Feb 11 - March 25, 2017

Opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there’s only one Carmen!

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Sound Bar - Chicago
Feb 17, 2017

Club cheval is collective/supergroup of unique visionaries from the varied and vibrant French club scene.

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University of Chicago Presents
Feb 17, 2017

The French soprano, Sandrine Piau, best known for her work in Baroque opera, is an exquisite recitalist and, with pianist Susan Manoff, offers a program of French and German songs.

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Feb 18: Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant - Minneapolis
Feb 19: City Winery - Chicago

The French-based acoustic combo has struck a positive chord with critics and audiences all over the world for their fun-loving mix of jazz, French pop, cabaret, gypsy, Latino, and Middle Eastern rhythms.

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Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center
Feb 22-24, 2017

Commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center and developed in partnership with Banlieues Bleues (Seine-Saint-Denis), Cincinnati-based Napoleon Maddox performs and retells the true story of his great-grand aunts, conjoined twins Millie-Christine.

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Cahn Auditorium - Northwestern University
Feb 23 - 26, 2017

Based on the true story of the martyrs of Compiègne and a screenplay by Georges Bernanos, Francis Poulenc’s moving opera is set amid the chaos of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

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Kemper Art Museum - St Louis
Feb 20, 2017

In conjunction with the exhibition Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha, this concert presents French chamber music works capturing the spirit of Paris at the turn of the century.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Chicago
Feb 23-25, 2017

Maestro Muti leads the CSO in Prokofiev’s music from Eisenstein’s epic film Ivan the Terrible, the riveting story of a bloodthirsty tyrant, with narration by internationally renowned actor Gérard Depardieu.

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The Sheldon - St Louis
Feb 28, 2017

Celebrating Michel Legrand and his music on his 85th birthday!

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Auditorium Theatre- Chicago
May 22, 2017

Famed for staggering visuals and the use of cutting-edge digital technology, Jean-Michel Jarre's new live show promises to be a truly immersive musical journey.

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CINEMA
Ongoing - February 13, 2017
Online, Worldwide.

An online French film festival including 10 feature films and 10 shorts, worldwide.

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Feb 2 - April 13, 2017
Indiana University - Bloomington

Join the Indiana University French Club in viewing a variety of French/Francophone films focused on the theme of crime.

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Floyd Theater - University of Louisville
Speed Art Museum Cinema
Feb 2 - 26, 2017
FREE and open to the public.

The Louiville 2017 French Film Festival features 8 contemporary and classic French films to be screen at the University of Louisville or the Speed Art Museum Cinema.

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Indiana University Cinema - Bloomington (IN)
Feb 6 - Feb 16, 2017

IU Cinema presents a series of films and a lecture by Dany Laferrière himself, one of today’s most original writers in French, telling stories of America as a region where the scars of colonialism are evident still in the social and racial hierarchies born out of the growing global economy.

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Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago
Feb 11 - March 1, 2017

This series Marcel Pagnol: City and Country features the most famous works associated with the French author/filmmaker.

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Cleveland Cinemathèque
Feb 11 & 12, 18 &19, 25 &26

One of the most enjoyable and involving screen sagas ever made written by the great Marcel Pagnol.

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Hyde Park Art Center - Chicago
Feb 12 & 26, 2017

In partnership with the Institut Français and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy, discover the best of recent French Animation (Feb 12) from the Annecy Animation Festival & Shorts (Feb 26) from the Clermont-Ferrand Festival.

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UWM - Union Cinema
Feb 17-26, 2017

To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Films in French, the UWM French program is presenting a special selection of 20 French & French language films.

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Kemper Art Museum - St Louis
Feb 24, 2017

In conjunction with the exhibition Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha, this special screening of shorts takes viewers on a journey through the earliest stages of French filmmaking.

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Check out the upcoming French films in US theaters.

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Here is a list of some of the best animated TV series available for kids on VOD platforms in the U.S. From famous Heidi, Zorro and Yakari to new characters SamSam and Inami, you’ll find something for all ages!

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A a list of some of the best French TV series available on VOD platforms as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.

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Oscar nominees for the 89th annual awards were announced. French actors, French language films and French coproductions represent seven categories, with nine total nominations! The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Feb. 26.

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SAVE THE DATES
March 1 - 28, 2016
Alliance Française de Chicago
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Alliance Française de Minneapolis
March 2 -30, 2017

This year, for the month of Francophonie, Alliance Française invites you to a Celebration of Senegal!

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March 3 - 30, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center
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March 10-26, 2017
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March 25 - April 2, 2017
Minneapolis, Des Moines & Cleveland
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April 22-23, 2017
Lincoln Park High School Auditorium
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BOOKS
Alliance Française de Chicago
Feb 6, 2017
Free - IN FRENCH

Avec l'Auteur! An occasional library series featuring interesting writers and artists discussing their work in an intimate setting. The month guest is French author Sophie Loubière.

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Goethe Institute - Chicago
Feb 9, 2017

This month book discussion at the EU book Club will be German book A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler.

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Alliance Française de Chicago
Live Broadcast in 7 cities
Feb 13, 2017

Dany Laferrière is one of today’s most original writers in French, rooted both in Haiti and Quebec. He is the first Quebecer and the second black writer, after Senegalese writer and statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor, to be inducted at the prestigious Académie française in Paris.This lecture will also be broadcast live in 8 cities as part of the Marianne Midwest Series. Come to meet and listen an "immortal" like no other!

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New French books from fiction, non-fiction, children to graphic novels translated in English.

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EDUCATION
Application Deadline: Feb 24, 2017

The cultural Services of the French Embassy will award 22 SPCD scholarships for short-term training in France during the summer of 2017: 14 to teachers of French as a foreign language at the Cavilam in Vichy, 6 to teachers of bilingual classes at the CLA in Besançon, and 2 for an intensive training course (BELC) in Nantes.

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