Shamanism explained at the quai Branly

chamanes-divinites-musee-quai-branlyThrough its new exhibition, the musée du quai Branly takes an interest in the role of the shaman in pre-Columbian America.

We can also describe this tradition transmitter as a priest with supernatural powers, who provided a certain social and spiritual order on the ancestral people of Ecuador. With this aim in mind, he presided over quite a few rites, ceremonies or celebrations, as healing, fertility or initiation rituals called shamanism. Throughout this retrospective, we thus discover the shaman’s sacred knowledge, but also the role of music, of his costume and the ornaments, essential for each ceremony. Then, visitors are invited to understand how he could have been deified over time. Masterpieces of the Bahia, Chorrera, Jama-Coaque and Tolita cultures, of the Ecuadorean coast, are presented to the large public until May 15th 2016.





“Shamans and divinities in pre-Colombian Ecuador” (“Chamanes et divinité de l’Equateur précolombien”) exhibition, from February 16th to May 15th 2016.

Open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 9pm.
Full rate: 9 euros / Concession: 7 euros.

Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
Accès : Pont de l’Alma (RER C).


Crédit photo : Shamans Exhibition – quai Branly - Character with feline, snake and harpy eagle features © musée du quai Branly, picture Christoph Hirtz

Pietragalla on the stage of the Folies Bergère

je-t-ai-rencontre-par-hasardThe new contemporary dance show of Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault, “Je t’ai rencontré par hazard” (“I met you by chance”), invite us to get into the relation between a man and a woman.

On Bach, Mozart or Beethoven classical musics, the two artists take us from the spark of the meeting to the questionings thereof. Accompanied with pianist Yannaël Quenel, the two dancers broach the subjects of the individual, the loneliness and the couple with a certain magic. On the stage of the Folies Bergère, time seems to be stopped and the public is like hanging in the life of the couple, rocked by a gesture, a look or an attitude. One of the most famous leading dancers of the Opéra de Paris (1990-1998) manages here to tell us the poetry of love. She is helped by her longstanding accomplice, former soloist dancer of the Ballet National de Marseille, Julien Derouault, with whom she founded the Théâtre du Corps.





“Je t’ai rencontré par hazard” (“I met you by chance”), from February 9th to 21st 2016.
Rates: from 28 to 84 euros.

Les Folies Bergère (in French)
32, rue Richer
75009 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 44 79 98 60
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9) or Cadet (line 7).

Crédit photo : Je t’ai rencontré par hasard - Pietragalla - Je t'ai Rencontré Par Hasard at the Folies Bergère - ©SDP

Tutu: the Chicos Mambo’s ode to dance

tutu-theatre-bobinoThe Chicos Mambo’s troupe, which celebrates its 20 summers this year, is back on the stage of the théâtre Bobino, from February 19th to June 30th next, for the second time.

Indeed, it is on this mythic Parisian stage that the troupe has performed for the first time in Paris, in October 2014, with its show entitled “Tutu”. It thus comes back with the same sight imagined by Philippe Lafeuille, the artistic director and choreographer of the company. Six dancers revisit in about twenty shows, the inevitable of the ballet, the contemporary dance, the ballroom dance, the sportive and rhythmic dance and the academic or acrobatic ones. Derision mixes here with demand, giving birth to acts sometimes at once very technical but especially, really funny, that not only the neophytes but also the wisest will appreciate. Artists, who interpret more than 40 characters in only 1 hour 20 minutes of performance, bring a breath of fresh air and craziness at Bobino.





“Tutu”, from February 19th to June 30th 2016.

Performances at 5pm or 7pm, according to the chosen date.
Rates: from 22 to 52 euros.


Théâtre Bobino (in French)
14-20, rue de la Gaîté
75014 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 27 24 24
Metro: Gaîté (line 13) and Edgar Quinet (line 6).

Crédit photo : Tutu – Théâtre Bobino – TUTU - ©SDP

Best places

Kristin Frederick settles Le Camion Qui Fume


Pioneer of the Parisian food trucks, Le Camion Qui Fume and its famous burgers have finally a fixed address in Paris, on the Grands Boulevards.

The place has been thought by LSL Architects, in a very “street food” spirit, dear to Californian chef Kristin Frederick who went to the Ferrandi School, and at the roof of the concept. We like the open-plan kitchen to the room and the cozy mezzanine where we can devour one’s hamburger with complete peace of mind. It is also possible to take one’s order. Concerning the menu, we find again the classics which built the reputation of the Camion, as the “Barbecue”: beef, aged cheddar, caramelised onions, bacon, onions rings, barbecue sauce and mayonnaise. Otherwise, there is always the “Bleu”, with its fourme d’Ambert and its port sauce, or the “Végétarien”, with sautéed mushrooms, aged cheddar, red onions, honey-mustard sauce and mayonnaise. One issue remains: which burger are you going to choose!


Open Monday-Wednesday from 8:30 am to 11pm, Thursday-Saturday from 8:30am to 1am, and on Sunday from 11am to 11pm.
Menu from 12.90 euros.


Le Camion Qui Fume Restaurant (in French)
168, rue Montmartre
75002 Paris
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9). 

Crédit photo : Le Camion Qui Fume - Restaurant – © Sébastien Champeaux

Jones: the good surprise of this beginning of the year


Closed late December 2015, the restaurant Bones turns into Jones, thanks to a simple change of letter!

Opened since last January, the place kept its industrial soul, with raw walls, a marble counter and high tables and chairs. We meet here with friends to taste fresh and colourful dishes, on the model of the ceviche of gilthead bream, the black rice and smoked eel, or Saint-Jacques, hazelnuts and parsnip. Here, the menu is constantly evolving. Like this, don’t be surprised if during your next visit, you don’t find on the menu the first-rate little lamb sandwich you found irresistible. It will certainly come back. As a dessert, the chef proposes classical but effective combinations, as the chocolate ganache and Sicilian mandarin. Jones opens early in the morning, and offers pastries and coffee for a typically French breakfast; snacking in the afternoon and dishes to share in the evening.


Open Monday-Friday from 8am to 12am.
Closed on weekends.
Lunch: 18 and 23 euros.


Jones (in French)
43, rue Godefroy Cavaignac
75011 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)9 80 75 32 08
Metro: Voltaire (line 9). 

Crédit photo : Jones Restaurant - Paris - © Marion Gambin

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