Danse & Culture : DANSE-CULT

Class full, out of stock

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
10/22/2019 to 11/23/2019


Required: B1 or equiv.

Description: This seminar offers a multifaceted look at dance from its French origins through its development in the 20th century, including visual arts and the role of the French state.

Following a celebrated seminar in partnership with PAM, we will next honor dance in partnership with White Bird as they present France's National Center for Contemporary Dance/Angers, under the direction of former Cunningham dancer Robert Swinston. For the last session of the seminar, students will attend CNDC-Angers' performance of two masterworks by the legendary Merce Cunningham: “Biped” and “Beach Birds” at the Newmark Theatre. (Ticket price included in seminar tuition.)

Each session will be led by a different, specialized instructor.

Seminar Dates:

Tuesday October 22, 10am-12:15pm, The Role of Visual Arts in Live Performance - Elene Zedginidze

Tuesday October 29, 10am-12:15pm, French Ministry of Culture and Its Impact on the Arts and Audiences - Emmanuel Laurin

Tuesday November 5, 10am-12:15pm, Historical Look at French Ballet, Miss Ella

Tuesday November 12, 10am-12:15pm, Modern Dance in the Western World - Céline Bouly

Saturday November 23, 6:30pm pre-show class gathering (show starts at 7:30pm), A special performance of Cunningham masterworks Biped and Beach Bird - Newmark Theater

No homework will be assigned for this class.

This seminar will welcome up to 20 participants.

Call us to sign-up: 503-223-8388

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Opera & Chocolate Cake : Opera/Cake

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/16/2020 to 01/16/2020
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

 opera and chocolate cake

Required: B1 or equiv.

Description: Before heading off to the Portland Opera this February, tantalize your senses by attending the Alliance seminar on Julia Child and an iconic French chocolate cake. 

“An American Quartet,” on stage in February, includes Hoiby’s one-act opera “Bon Appétit” in which the beloved French chef Julia Child explains how to bake the perfect French chocolate cake. The Alliance is partnering with the Portland Opera for this evening of conversation about Julia Child combined with the hands-on baking of a very special chocolate cake. The seminar will be led by our teacher and epicurean Francine Chough.

The seminar takes place in a private home in Irvington. Chocolate cake and refreshments will be provided!

Seminar students will receive 15% discount on performance tickets, as long as available. The performance will be in the Hampton Opera Center. Hurry up, the tickets are going fast. Some of the performances are already sold out!


Call us to sign-up: 503-223-8388

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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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