This edition: May 2012Tweet
Original tape date: May 23, 2012.
First aired: May 24, 2012.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Organ Player Daniel Brondel
On a trip to New Orleans at the age of sixteen Daniel Brondel fell in love with the United States. Two years later the native of southern France enrolled as a full scholarship student in music at Georgia State University. Two decades and a master’s degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music later, he is the Associate Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Ave. in the heart of Manhattan. His duties include daily organ performances and choral direction. His solo organ album The Glory of the Organ was recorded in the cathedral. The veteran musician chats with CANAPE about his musical life and transatlantic journey.
Washboard Player David Langlois
As a teenager in the French Alps David Langlois was insulted when he was approached by a washboard player. After all, David thought, I’m a drummer. But listening to the washboard changed it from novelty to an instrument for him. After developing his chops for years on the French music circuit, he decided to try the Brooklyn music scene. Now he can be heard every night playing his instrument, which is actually an assemblage of a fondue pot, sieve, pie tin, and more. CANAPE arrives on the spot to listen to the music and the innovative musician.
"Polisse" by Maïwenn
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the crime drama Polisse written and directed by Maiwenn also picked up two Cesar Awards in France while meriting twelve more Cesar nominations. In the world of ensemble police dramas the new French film stands out. It’s subject is the day to day stress of a Child Protection Unit in north Paris. The film measures the toll of upon victims and protectors of the vice related crimes. The filmmaker shares her thoughts about the project with CANAPE.
Malina's Living Theater
In 1947 Judith Malina and Julian Beck founded The Living Theatre, which is now recognized by critics and historians as a place where the “theatrical contract” changed. The troupe’s more than one hundred productions staged in New York City and around the world have made a permanent mark on the global idea of drama. In the second decade of the 21st century the theatrical group looks forward to further innovation. In tribute to their energy CANAPE revisits an interview with founder Judith Malina.
"Dreaming in French" by Alice Kaplan
A junior year abroad is a life shaping experience for any university student. But it’s of a different order of magnitude if that student happens to be Jacqueline Bouvier, Susana Sontag, or Angela Davis. The new group study by Alice Kaplan Dreaming in French explores how France influenced the lives of these three gifted, influential yet very different women. Author Kaplan talks to CANAPE about how cultural exchange and difference offered a lifelong gift to the three future celebrities.
Israel Horovitz Medal Ceremony
The 1968 Obie Award for Best Drama went to the young playwright Israel Horovitz for The Indian Wants to the Bronx. It starred an unknown actor named Al Pacino. More than forty years later with over seventy plays later produced in more than thirty languages Horovitz is recognized as a major American theatrical voice. His plays have had a particularly warm reception in France, where he developed a decades long friendship with Samuel Beckett. CANAPE sits down with the writer in his Greenwich Village home to hear his thoughts on France and theater.