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Cinquante ans de "ptit's bonheurs" au théâtre français de Toronto

Since 1967, more than 290 performances have been presented by "le Théâtre du P'tit Bonheur" which became "Le Théâtre français de Toronto" (TfT) in 1987.

Come and discover the favourites of the TfT, the four principle production sites and five artistic directors over the last 50 years.  

Admirer actors and actresses who gave a tribute to French, Quebequois, franco-ontarian, american and russian dramatists. You will be able to listen to the testimony of a founder, of an artistic director...

Paul-François Sylvestre, writer and literary critic

*Lecture in french

Staging Moliere's Don Juan in 2017

Dom Juan tells the joyful descent into hell of a being who very closely resembles us all! A world-weary smooth talker, he’s “our 
contemporary” — a paradoxical, endearing character who reminds us that Molière and the classic text still have much to say about today’s cosmopolitan, urban world, so obsessed with pleasure. 

Islamism: genealogy and the excesses of a political ideology

Islamism is a political ideology that is wrongly confused with Islam, which is a religion. As we know it today, Islamism falls into the same category as the antimodernist movements that have emerged in all areas of culture and civilization. This lecture will offer a genealogy of this ideology.

Miloud Chennoufi, professor and director of the Department of Security and International Affairs at the Canadian Forces College, also teaches the geopolitical history of the Middle East at Glendon College (york University).

*Lecture in french

Etienne Brûlé seen from France: an adventurer on a quest for notability

Lecture by historian Éric Brossard from Champigny-sur-Marne, France.

Étienne Brûlé, explorer, interpreter (b probably at Champigny-sur-Marne, France c 1592; d in Huronia c June 1633). Brûlé was the first Frenchman to live among the Indigenous people. Champlain wrote that Brûlé was sent among the Algonquin, likely in 1610, in exchange for a young Algonquin. He became a skilful interpreter and intermediary.

Poetry explosion

To mark World Book and Copyright Day, the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF/association of French authors of Ontario) invites you to a poetry evening, with improvisation and music provided by Arianne Matte, Daniel Groleau, Jude Delsoin, Jean Boisjoli, Nafée Faigou, Gabriel Osson and Paul Savoie. Emilyn Stam and John Williams will provide the musical accompaniment.

Beyond the devilish details: looking deeper into Hieronymus Bosch

Ron Spronk, a member of the BRCP research team and co-author of the new monograph, is a Professor of Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and at Radboud University in Nijmegen. A specialist in the technical examination of easel paintings, he worked at the Harvard Art Museum between 1994 and 2007. From 2010-12, he coördinated the technical documentation campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece and the creation of the web application Closer to Van Eyck, Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece (http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/).

Staging Charpentier's Médée for the 21st century

The staging of French baroque opera presents unique challenges for a 21st century director: it is an orchestral event, a singing event, a dancing, literary, and costume event. Mr. Pynkoski will examine how Opera Atelier combines these elements to create a production of Médée which pays homage to the 17th century while embracing today’s world. Médée will be presented from April 22–29, 2017. The lecture will be in English and will be accompanied by a song recital. Marshall Pynkoski is the founder of Opera Atelier and co-artistic director with Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg.

What you need before viewing the last of the Mohicans

With this film, we experience the reality of the war between the French and British empires in North America starting in 1755. Aboriginals played an important role in this conflict and the conquest of New France had significant consequences for both the Europeans and the Aboriginal peoples. 
Marcel Martel is a professor of Canadian history at york University. his research deals with identities, nation-building and the French presence on the North American continent. Following the lecture, Michael Mann’s film The Last of the Mohicans will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

How to speak to French people and in French without getting tired

Can a person really understand the inhabitants of a country where two people who are arguing are “getting acquainted” and where the ultimate sin is to have nothing to say? The two authors use their observations of France’s special art of conversation as a starting point to further their insights into the French language and French-speaking communities. 

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