La Femme Qui Danse & La Leçon

'I Am the Wind'

November 23, 2022 | By Claudia Barbieri

Now 59 years old and well into the fifth decade of a stellar dance career, Marie-Claude Pietragalla remains the personification of grace, high-energy athleticism and artistic perfection. Her latest work, La Femme Qui Danse, is a mesmerizing, virtuoso nonstop 75-minute … Read More

Folles Époques

Wild Times in Meaux

May 25, 2022 | By Heidi Ellison

Last week, I was introduced to an element of French culture that had completely escaped me until now: a summer historical pageant. This one takes place in Meaux, a small city northeast of Paris, but I have since discovered that … Read More


Back to the Roots of Racine

January 15, 2020 | By Nick Hammond

Jean Racine’s first major theatrical success, Andromaque, has been much on my mind in recent months, as a book of essays on the play that I co-edited was published recently. It was, therefore, a particular delight to be able to … Read More

Funny Girl

Fanny Brice Revisited

November 20, 2019 | By Heidi Ellison

Until recently, musical comedies were unheard of in France, but now that the Parisians have taken to them like showgirls to glitter, American musical comedies are popping up all over the place. Americans in Paris will open at the Théâtre … Read More


Soviet Time Warp in the Heart of Paris

January 30, 2019 | By Heidi Ellison

Although I had read plenty of articles about it before I went, I was still mystified and had no idea what to expect from DAU (pronounced da-o), the sprawling immersive-theater/film/installation project of Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, which is being held in … Read More