Cultural Voice eZine

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

New Exhibition at the Palais Garnier!

Exhibition "Le ballet de l’Opéra", from 5 June  to  1 September 2013

On the occasion of the Tercentenary of the École Française de Danse, the Opéra National de Paris and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France are retracing the history of the Ballet de l’Opéra, from Louis XIV to the present day. Concerned with bringing a noble style to the performing arts and laying the foundations for the dancers to turn professional, the king created the Académie Royale de Danse in 1661. In 1669, the king also granted the poet Pierre Perrin the privilege of founding an Académie d’Opéra, which was acquired by Lully in 1672. Thus the Opéra de Paris and its Ballet were created. At the end of his reign in 1713, Louis XIV decided to found a dance school within the Opéra: it was responsible for ensuring the quality of the performers. Initially reserved for adults, the school then opened to children in 1784 and remained faithful thereafter to its vocation of making the repertoire accessible and being open to creativity.

The history being recounted here is both that of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris and its school. From Pierre Beauchamp to Brigitte Lefèvre, the first directors of the École de Danse, Maximilien Gardel and Jean Dauberval to Élisabeth Platel, the exhibition explores the major institutional and aesthetic rifts. It also covers the appeal the Opéra’s dancers held for painters such as Edgar Degas, the social aspect of ballet performances, important figures and the evolution of the company’s repertoire: the introduction of ballet d’action and the role of Noverre in the 18th century, the birth and advent of Romantic ballet, the invention of Neoclassicism with Lifar, the part played by Balanchine, Robbins, Petit, Béjart, Cunningham, Carolyn Carlson, Forsythe and Nureyev, and the policy of encouraging creativity and openness towards important international choreographers, from Pina Bausch to Angelin Preljocaj.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Submit Original and Creative Videos for PLURAL!

Call  for  entries
Deadline 30 June!
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion.
Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels.  Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length.
Michele Klein-Solomon, IOM Permanent Observer to the United Nations, said, “PLURAL+ videos touch very sensitive issues in a very real way.  They look at the realities that people are facing.  We like to see young people expressing their profound ideas in a manner that allows the opening of a dialogue.”
Jordi Torrent, UNAOC Project Manager, Media and Information Literacy, added: “PLURAL+ videos fit very well in this very relevant conversation: how to build more inclusive societies where we can all live together in harmony.”
PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world.  PLURAL+ also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change.
A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, 13-17, and 18-25).  All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2013 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media on the 5th of December 2013.
Mariana Araujo, a member of the PLURAL+ 2012 international jury commented,  “For me PLURAL+ is the best link between intercultural dialogue and intergenerational justice.  I can't imagine a better way to understand the other but through their own eyes and listen with their ears.   With these videos I can internalize their emotions and realities through their stories.”
PLURAL+ 2013 deadline for video submission is 30 June, 2013.  
Early submissions are encouraged.   Further information, including guidelines, regulations, awards, and the entry form
can be found at the PLURAL+ website at:  
You can watch PLURAL+ 2012 winners 
PLURAL+ is organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration with the collaboration of many international partners including: Red UNIAL, Gulen Institute, MTS Travel, SIGNIS, Global Block, Humanity Without Borders Foundation, Television America Latina, Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation, NEXOS Alianza, CHINH India, Turkish Cultural Center of New York, COPEAM, Institute for Leadership Excellence,Without Borders Film Festival, IAAI GloCha, Doha Center for Media Freedom, CNTV Chile, Amara, Scalabrini International Migration Network, IUEDESP Spain, Balkan Media Education Centre, Waging Nonviolence USA, IOM Migration Research and Training Centre Korea, Anna Lindh Foundation, United Nations Television, RAI TV Scuola, Royal Film Commission Jordan, GoodnessTV, Cine y Salud Spain, AFS Intercultural Programs, UNESCO Associated Schools Network, and the Paley Center for Media of New York.