Ages 6 & up
Duration: 50 minutes
Co-presented with Ardea Arts/
Family Opera Initiative
The timeless tale of Babar comes to life through a whimsical performance incorporating French songs, music, and the magic of dance!
In 1940, a little girl plopped her favorite book in front of the brilliant French composer Francis Poulenc and commanded “Play this!” Five years later, Poulenc published L’histoire de Babar: le petit elephant, a work for piano and narrator.
Inspired by this story, the musical performance begins with “Uncle” Francis composing the score with his niece. As they begin, the niece turns into Babar’s cousin and future wife, Celeste, and so the beloved tale of the little elephant Babar comes to life. Directed by Grethe Barrett Holby and choreographed by award-winning dancer Jane Comfort.
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street, NYC
Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie 2012. Animated. 78 min
Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure about a small boy, Maki, who befriends Zarafa, a baby giraffe captured by the turbaned nomad Hassan.
Determined to protect Zarafa, Maki follows them on a thrilling adventure across the expanses of Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris.
Nominated for the César for Best Animated Film in 2013.
“A colorfully compelling kids flick”—The Hollywood Reporter
Following the screening, kids can participate in an arts-&-crafts project.
Celebrate le jour de la Saint-Valentin with your little sweethearts! Your budding bakers will prepare and decorate a heart-shaped cookies.
Led by master pastry chef Sylvie Berger, this hands-on workshop will introduce children to the art of French baking. Children will learn cooking techniques and get inspired to decorate delicious homemade cookies. At the end, they will get to savor their delicious creations!
Supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council & by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.
The FIAF Winter 2014 season is sponsored by Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; the Florence Gould Foundation; the Institut français; National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works; New York State Council on the Arts; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; the French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.