Contemporary dance at the Centre d’animation Les Halles du Marais

Green princess & pantalon vertThe compagnie Green Princess & Pantalon Vert will perform not one, but two contemporary dance shows at the Centre d’animation Les Halles du Marais on March 5th and 6th 2015.

The first one is entitled “C.A.C. 24” and revolves around the mobility of the back through movements associated with images, echoing each other until they reach the point of nonsense. The second one, “Layer Upon Layer”, retraces four decades (from 1920 to 1950) by recreating on stage the mannerism and costumes of each era. These two dance shows are a combination of various artistic disciplines – such as plastic arts and video – and take spectators to a very original world for an hour, with an interval between each show.



“C.A.C. 24” and “Layer Upon Layer” by the compagnie Green Princess & Pantalon Vert, on March 5th and 6th 2015 at 8pm.

Full rate: €10 / Reduced rate (under-26s and over-65s): €8.
Bookings: +33 (0)1 40 28 18 48

Centre d’animation Les Halles du Marais
6-8, place Carrée
Forum des Halles
75001 Paris
Métro : Les Halles (line 4) (in french)

Florence Henri’s avant-gardist photography

Florence HenriFirst discovered as a painter and portrait artist, Florence Henri then made a name for herself in photography between the end of the ‘20s and the beginning of the ‘40s.

This artist from New York lived in Berlin for many years when she was a student, and met famous avant-garde artists such as Hans Arp and historian and author Carl Einstein. She took classes with Paul Klee and Vassily Kandinsky. In 1924, she moved to Paris, where she attended the Académie Montparnasse and the Académie moderne founded by Fernand Léger. 1927 marked a turning point in her career; from then on, she abandoned painting in favour of photography.

Deeply rooted in the avant-garde, she was invited to many prestigious international exhibitions, notably in Germany from 1929, where she found artistic recognition. Her photographic studio in Paris became so famous that it rivalled that of Man Ray. However, her work remains largely unknown; the Jeu de Paume art centre pays a tribute to this talented photographer who redefined the notion of space in her compositions by using various objects and mirrors.



Florence Henri : Le Miroir des avant-gardes, 1928-1940, from February 24th to May 17th 2015
Jeu de Paume
1 place de la concorde
Paris 8e
Tél. : +33 (0)1 47 03 12 50

The dark side of Rome at the Petit Palais

Les bas fonds du baroqueThe Petit Palais is holding a rather unconventional exhibition on Rome; instead of celebrating the idealised standard of Beauty the city is associated with, it focuses on the themes of vice, poverty and excess.

This exhibition intends to show the other side of Baroque Rome by depicting courtesans, fortune-tellers, alcoholics, gamblers, and musicians... Thanks to exceptional loans from prestigious international museums, nearly 70 masterpieces painted in Rome by great artists from all over Europe such as Simon Vouet, Claude Lorrain, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Valentin de Boulogne and Jusepe de Ribera are exhibited. A unique exhibition at odds with the common magnifying vision of 17th century Rome.

Les Bas-fonds du Baroque : la Rome du vice et de la misère, from February 24th to May 24th 2015

Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
Paris 8e
Tél. : +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00

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Le Mordant: a new tasty wine bistro

Le Mordant restaurantSince the end of January 2015, a new tasty address, describing itself as a wine bistro, has opened its doors in the Poissonnière neighbourhood: Le Mordant.

With a name we could translate by “Mordacious”, Lucas Blanchy’s restaurant was predestined to delight gourmets and wine-lovers. Indeed, not only does it offer a simple and original menu – Duck filet pot au feu with Japanese noodles, steamed mackerel served with roasted sweet potatoes –, Le Mordant also proposes a lovely wine selection. Lucas Blanchy trained with eminent masters: sommelier Franck Ramage and Bruno Quenious from the Cave Philovino in Paris. The wooden geometric decor gives the restaurant a very unique and modern touch, as well as its open kitchen. A charming restaurant worth the detour – either with friends or for a romantic dinner!

Open Monday-Friday from 9:30am to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight.
Dishes from €15.





Le Mordant
61, rue Chabrol
75010 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)9 83 40 60 04
Métro : Poissonnière (line 7) ou Gare de l’Est (lines 4, 5 et 7).
Check out Le Mordant on Facebook 

Puce: the place to snack in Paris

Puce restaurantPuce – such an adorable name! – is a lovely snack bar founded by Angela and was designed so that customers would feel like home there.

It is indeed a very cosy place, with its graphic and colourful cushions, its beautiful wooden tables, comfy benches and candles for the romantic touch. What makes the restaurant original is that the food, inspired by dishes from all over the world, are served as tapas. There is not set menu, since you can choose whatever and as much as you like among the large choice of small seasonal dishes to share with your friends. Among other things: honey and soy pork ribs, razor shell clams and fresh herbs, charcuterie and cheese, quinoa and citrus fruits salad, rice pudding... Delicious food to suit all tastes.

Open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to midnight and from noon to 10pm on Sundays.
Dishes from €4,50.


1, rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
Métro : Pigalle (lines 2 et 12) ou Saint-Georges (line 12). 

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    Green Princess & pantalon vert - © Roger Fusciardi
    Florence Henri, Autoportrait, 1928. Épreuve gélatino-argentique d'époque, 39,3 x 25,5 cm. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek - © Galleria Martini & Ronchetti
    Nicolas Tournier, Concert, avant 1620. Huile sur toile, 115 x 168 cm - © Musées du Berry, Bourges
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