Friday, February 29, 2008

Dance, girl, dance!

There's a long tradition of French actresses branching out into singing: Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Agnès Jaoui, among others, have all recorded albums. Jeanne Balibar (currently on NYC screens in Rivette's Duchess of Langeais) joined the music fray not so long ago and has made two records. I just read that this fall she'll be adding to her extra-curricular résumé when she appears in a dance by Boris Charmatz. Here we've seen Claire Danes dip her toes in the modern-dance waters at PS 122, but Balibar seems to be pushing the envelope a little further.

As if this weren't enough, another prominent French actress is due to make her dance debut this fall: Juliette Binoche is going to be in a show choreographed by Akram Khan, who himself will dance in the duo; this will be done first in London then in Paris. A bit more info here. (Binoche bugged me for a long time but I'm digging her more and more as she ages; she was surprisingly likable in Dan in Real Life for instance.)

I wouldn't be surprised if BAM wasn't already sniffing around these shows, especially the Khan/Binoche one. After all, they offer everything that institution loves: high-brow veneer and brand-name appeal.

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