A daring reworking of Shakespeare’s magisterial tragedy focuses on a family of women dealing with the mental and moral disintegration of the head of the household. produced by Cygnet Theatre, Paris
Dates: 11, 12, 18, 19 March 2020
Venue: Théâtre de Verre, 12 Rue Henri Ribière, 75019 Paris
Early onset Alzheimer’s provides the context for Cygnet Theatre’s radical approach to its latest production of Lear. This adaptation takes William Shakespeare’s great tragedy King Lear - the story of a royal family on the brink of self-annihilation, and turns it on its head by recasting the elderly, domineering monarch as the matriarch of a powerful, noble family.
Director and Cygnet Theatre company member, Joshua Stretton is responsible for crafting this thoughtful departure from the classic presentation of this immense play, which deals with power struggles, the redistribution of wealth, psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, family discord and mental deterioration. He explains what motivated him to take on such a well-known play. “Age is at the heart of Lear. We all know we shall grow old; many of us hope to get there and, on the way, make peace with our ultimate end.
We are reimagining this moment occurring in the body of a younger woman faced with the dramatic acceleration of her end. Early onset Alzheimer’s can take hold in people as young as 30, with many symptoms emerging before the sufferer notices something is wrong. Our Lear faces a conscious end, with the years of her life stretching before her. The decision must be taken about what to do about the time that is left.”
The cast will be stripped-back to include eight performers with one actor performing the key roles of Cordelia and The Fool. Major characters and plot lines have been sacrificed, all in service to the themes at the heart of the story – family and loyalty. Stretton has been heavily influenced by the style of epic theatre, a technique associated with celebrated theatre practitioners Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht. “I intend to use epic theatre aesthetics to retain the structure and style of Shakespearean theatre, while allowing the actors to investigate the inner workings of their characters and present the complex play of emotions hidden in each scene,” says Stretton.
The production will be performed at the edgy Théâtre de Verre, a venue popular amongst the artistic community, in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Place des Fêtes in the 19tharrondisement, which offers affordable rehearsal and performance space, a rarity in Paris.
Cygnet Theatre was founded in 2019 by a group of enterprising international creatives who are dedicated to producing the highest quality classical theatre – in English– in Paris. Thanks to their successful summer productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing they have established themselves as the unofficial artists-in-residence at the Jardins des Arènes de Montmartre, an outdoor amphitheatre which lies just beneath the Basilica of Sacré Cœur.
Lear is the company’s first winter production and the first to be performed in a traditional theatre setting. However, this is not theatre aimed exclusively at the Anglophone community. Cygnet Theatre work is also intended to appeal to the French community. Although Lear will be presented in the original English, projected French surtitles will make the piece as accessible as possible.
Please contact www.cygnettheatreparis.com for tickets
The 12th century temples of Angkor are the biggest religious monument in the world, a recreation of Hindu cosmos, covered in exquisite carvings. It highlights the brilliance of Khmer architects and bas-reliefs of the Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The lecture concludes with contemporary Cambodia and the living arts, especially classical dance wit performers re-enacting sacred dances in front of the temples.
Additional details sent via email.
This event will be held at Theatre du Ranelagh (5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris)
PADFAS memebers free, non-PADFAS members €15, payable at the event, no registration required
Reserve now for our UK Universities inter-alumni Christmas drinks on 11 December!
Following our very successful Christmas party last year, the UK Alumni Network is again organizing festive drinks and finger-food at the British Council, (near Les Invalides, 9 rue de Constantine,75007 Paris), on Wednesday 11th December 2019 from 6:30 to 10pm.h
This year, we are asking our members for a five euros fee to help with the catering expenses.
To encourage you all to get into the Christmas spirit, the prize-winner in this year’s competition will be the person who looks the most Christmassy, and, like last year, we’ll wrap up the evening with a Christmas carol sing-along!
Spaces are limited, so tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.
When you are reserving, you must mention First name, Last name & University. Please also note that this event is exclusively reserved for alumni of the UK Universities alumni community.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The inter-alumni coordinator team
The registration link to the event can be found on Billetweb (event coordination platform): https://www.billetweb.fr/uk-alumni-christmas-party-2019.
Please also note that the ticket sale has been programmed to come online on Monday 11 November at 9am (one month before the event) and will close a few days before 11 Dec.
The Association France-Grande Bretagne has invited our members to attend a lunch debate on Monday 9th December at which Professor Jolyon Howorth, emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Bath and currently visiting Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, will talk, in French, on the subject of
"L'Europe peut-elle assurer seule sa défense?"
Please find, below, full details of the event. Members who wish to attend should register by this Thursday, 28th. November directly with France-Grande Bretagne as indicated in the attachment.
Invitation FGB Pr J. HOWORTH.docx
The English Speaking Union Paris has invited our members to an illustrated lecture by Sophie Loussouarn, at which she will present her book "Fame and Faces", which is an excellent complement to the current exhibition at Musée du Luxembourg, "The Golden Age of British Painting".
She will present it with illustrations on
Monday 18 November 2019 at 6pm
at the Mairie du 7ème arrondissement, 116 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
To be painted by an artist such as Gainsborough, Reynolds or Zoffany was a social event. A portrait could change a woman’s social status and bring her fame as it was the only way to be known. Her beauty could be discovered and admired at the Royal Academy exhibitions. It was the emergence of modern-times celebrity.
But portrait was soon followed by caricature which mocked the women who had been extolled by portraits. Caricature appeared to have a moralising function displaying the foibles and vices of the beauties of the time.
Dr Sophie Loussouarn takes us into 18th century society which is in full expansion, and breaks with traditional rules.
Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Looking forward to seeing you.
Thank you for filling out the form and replying before November 14.
Métro Arts et Metiers (lines 3 and 11) or Réaumur-Sébastopol (lines 3 and 4)
Booking now open
Following the resounding success of the first Cambridge Cutting Edge Lecture delivered by Sir Venki Ramakrishnan at the Institut Pasteur, we are immensely lucky to have another scientist of world renown for the second lecture, Professor Sir Roger Penrose, and to have been permitted most generously by the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers to hold this lecture in their beautiful, historic amphitheatre Abbé Grégoire. This event is very highly recommended.
Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is an English mathematical physicist. He studied at University College London and at St John’s College Cambridge and is now the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of mathematics at Oxford.
The son of a psychiatrist and geneticist, grandson of a physiologist, brother of a physicist and of a chess grandmaster, Roger Penrose has won numerous prizes and awards and is one of the most important living scientists in the world. He worked closely with Stephen Hawking and appeared in the film, a Brief History of Time.
The work undertaken by Roger Penrose has been wide ranging and of immense importance. Taking but two examples: in 1964 he revolutionised the mathematical tools used to analyse the properties of space time and, later, his epoch-making paper “Gravitational collapse and space time singularities” lead to the cosmology of Big Bang and Black Holes which he worked on with Stephen Hawking.
In lighter vein, Roger Penrose also devised the Penrose Triangle which he described as “impossibility in its purest form” which he conveyed to the artist M.C. Escher.
The topic of Professor Penrose’s Cambridge Cutting Edge Lecture is “Hawking Points in the Cosmic Microwave Sky” in which he will reveal his theories of cosmology and his scientific belief that our Universe is in fact just one of a series of Universes, or eons, each commencing with a Big Bang that had its origins in the dim distant past of a preceding Universe.
Having attended one of Roger Penrose’s lectures in London, I can only say that it was utterly astounding. Deep, cutting edge, completely incomprehensible science delivered in a way that was, anyway superficially, understandable by all, holding the audience enthralled. By the end, my head was spinning with ideas and revelations beyond my wildest expectations.
Over and above, there will be the delight of seeing the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and the beautiful historic amphitheatre Abbé Grégoire, built in the 1840s, named after the founder of the Conservatoire, an important political figure during the French Revolution depicted in David’s famous painting The Serment du Jeu de Paume.
This lecture by Professor Sir Roger Penrose will probably be a one-off ever and a landmark experience for many. It is definitely not to be missed.
Tickets are now on sale at €25 per person, with a discounted price of €15 per person for attendees under 30 years of age.
On-line booking is available on the Society's website. If you book this way, you can pay by credit card, bank transfer or cheque.
For those who are not able to book their place through the website, a PDF booking form can be obtained from this link. Payment can only be by bank transfer or cheque with the PDF booking form. For any enquiries about the event, please contact Tony Banton.
Vendredi 11 Octobre 2019 (clôture des inscriptions 8 Octobre 2019)
Avec Kendal NEZAN, Président de l'Institut Kurde de Paris
S'inscrire : http://www.geo2000.org/evenements/manifestations/
Les Kurdes forment un peuple dont les populations vivent principalement en Iran, en Irak, en Syrie et en Turquie. Ils se caractérisent par une forte revendication identitaire et une grande diversité car, sunnites à 80 %, ils comptent néanmoins parmi eux des alévis, des chrétiens, des yézidis.
En conflit depuis des décennies avec le pouvoir d’Ankara, les Kurdes de Turquie vivent sur un territoire qui représente près de la moitié de l'ensemble du Kurdistan tandis qu’en Irak, ils ont réussi à créer une région autonome avec Kirkouk comme capitale et ses champs pétroliers et qu’en Syrie, une administration autonome kurde gère depuis novembre 2013 trois cantons coupés les uns des autres et défendus par la branche armée du Parti de l'union démocratique (PYD).
La faiblesse des pouvoirs centraux à Bagdad et à Damas, et la volonté affichée par Daech de détruire les minorités, ont amené les Kurdes à être aux avant postes de la lutte contre l’État Islamiste, et leur a permis de bénéficier d’une certaine reconnaissance et d’un renforcement de leur capacité militaire.
Mais aujourd’hui ils doivent faire face à une nouvelle menace, celle d’un conflit avec les Turcs dont l’armée peut à tout moment traverser la frontière qui la sépare de la Syrie et l’Irak.
C’est à ces questions que Kendal NEZAN, président de l’Institut Kurde de Paris répondra lors d’une conférence qui, pour la première fois de l’histoire de Géostratégies 2000, porte sur la question kurde. Nous recevrons Kendal Nezan le Vendredi 11 Octobre 2019 – Salon Pourpre – Palais du Luxembourg – 8h30-10h.
PADFAS's first monthly lecture of the new season will take place on Thursday, 10th. October, at 3pm. It is entitled
"Dickens, Lawrence and Zhivago: David Lean's Art of Cinema".
It will be held at Théâtre du Ranelagh, 5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Neil Falkner will explore how, in the "golden age" of cinema, the British director, David Lean, "imagined" the world he sought to represent and had sets constructed to represent landscapes, townscapes and interiors. Such images constitute modern art forms.
The charge for non-PADFAS members is €15, payable either by cheque made out to PADFAS, or in cash, on the spot. There is no need to register.
(For PADFAS members, please not that the AGM will take place before the lecture, from 2pm and drinks will be served after it, before the lecture begins.)
YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO THE GUIDED WALK ASSOCIATED WITH THE THIRD GLORY DAYS OF PARIS LECTURE
“The Artists and Writers of the 1920s and ’30s”
Unfortunately, because of ill health on the part of our Lecturer, Mary McAuliffe, the third lecture in the Glory Days of Paris series has had to be postponed. However, the accompanying guided walk will still take place at:
14h15 on Saturday 28th September
Meeting point: 1 rue Campagne Première
End of walk: La Coupole, Bvd. Montparnasse (approx 16h30)
Price: €17 per person
There will be either tea or an aperitif at La Coupole at the end of the walk, although the cost of this is not included in the price.
“Paris is a feast” wrote Hemmingway. This guided walk, full of interesting and amusing anecdotes, will illustrate the history of Les Années Folles in Montparnasse, an area of Paris already well known for its festivity, its Guingettes and the Rue de la Gaïté. Maud Hacker, our guide, will reveal secrets of the wild evenings that took place enlivened by the rhythms of jazz and the dance of Josephine Baker. We will also discover the painters' studios of Picasso, Modigliani, Foujita, Man Ray… and their muse Kiki of Montparnasse. Hidden courtyards and gardens. The famous cafés around Rue Vavin: Le Dôme, La Rotonde, Le Select and La Coupole. And there we shall stop for a cup of tea or, 1920s style, an aperitif.
Hope to see you on Saturday 28th September.
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