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TO DANCE IN PARIS IN THE INTERWAR YEARS Conference-Dance

Sophie Jacotot & Anatole Lorne invite The Lavach' Band

Sévane Stépanian, vocals, accordion / Yohan Rochetta, violin, vocals / Marc Alfon, guitar, vocals / Frédéric Birau Maliszewski, drums, machines, vocals

This danced conference will recount how the new “society” dances from the Americas reached Paris after World War One. Despite many oppositions (nationalism, corporatism, puritanism, xenophobia, etc.), fox-trot, shimmy or charleston from the USA, tango from Rio de la Plata, Brazilian samba, Cuban rumba and West Indies biguine achieved a considerable success in all Paris dance halls, deeply changing the French body language.

The conference will be illustrated by archives (drawings, photography, scores, films…) and interspersed by music and dance to immerse you in interwar time’s dance halls.

Around Sophie Jacotot’s book "Danser à Paris dans l’entre-deux-guerres. Lieux, pratiques et imaginaires des danses de société des Amériques (1919-1939)", Nouveau Monde publishing, 2013.

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Sophie Jacotot : Dancer specialized in many world dances, from contemporary to street dances. PhD. in History at Université Paris 1, teacher, she’s also pursuing theoretical research on dancing.
Anatole Lorne : Scientist by training, he switched to dance and studies contemporary dancing at Angers’ Centre National de Danse Contemporaine where he pursues a personal work of artistic creation while practicing all street/public dances.
Lavach’ is the traditional Armenian bread. It symbolizes how these four musicians from Poland, Italy, Tunisia and Armenia knead the heterogeneous dough of their music: Barbes cumbia, Armenian ragamuffin, Polish reggae in 9 time, Biguine, punk tarantella, Mexican Gnawa… for a contemporary ball.