Monday, April 26, 2010


If you are anywhere near DC this weekend....

4101 Reservoir Road (across from Georgetown Hospital)

May 2.

Acrobats, stilt walkers, jugglers, clowns, magicians, and puppets will entertain at the second annual "Washington, DC Street Performance Festival" on May 2.
Well, it’s not quite on the streets, but at the French Embassy.

More than 20 professional troupes from France, Canada, Germany, and the US will perform more than 40 shows.

And you too can perform – there’ll be dancing and workshops. Au courage -- the cash bar might help.

Here’s a sampling of the festivities, described (mostly) by the embassy:• The Horsemen - Compagnie les Goulus ->
/ (Comic street performance)Three tres talented French horse riders showcase their Olympic training while parodying the stereotypical “French Attitude.” • Les Zenvoulants - Compagnie les Zenvoulants ->
/ (Dance and acrobatics)Zephyr and Zebulon walk through the crowd, followed by their musicians. Despite their spectacular height, they dance, play, even fly through the crowd,• Patou Deballon (Street art -- “The wheeled painting”)Patou Deballon wanders around the crowd with his chariot equipped with paints and plywood panels. He paints the public and all his surroundings to create a live report of the day. • Pascal Rousseau ->
/ (Circus performer -- “Ivre d’équilibre”)In the tradition of Parisian street tumblers, this artist … transports the audience to the atmosphere in the biggest of music halls.• Hercule Flocon ->
/ (Interactive street performance -- “Les Floconneries”)For the "Soft Rope" routine, the performer walks on a rope held by the audience. The 20-minute performance involves eight volunteers …and a plethora of props like soap bubbles and paper tears.
• The Cock Tales – “Compagnie Frites Foutues”“The Cock Tales” are musical and hilarious chickens … (which) waddle proudly and uncover our human traits behind the animal masquerade.
• Béron - La Compagnie à tiroirs ->
/ (Parody show -- ‘’Ce n’est pas commode’’) From Montpellier, France, Béron combines juggling, acrobatics, tightrope walking, and magic in a wonderfully clumsy way.

General admission is $5. Children aged ten years and younger are admitted free.

More than 2,000 people attended the event last year.
For more info and tickets:
La Maison Française, ,

Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC, 202-909-6400.

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