Archive for September, 2011

Voyage

Posted in Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity, Travel Quote of the Day, Travelogues on September 29, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living”



Miriam Beard, Realism in Romantic Japan

Mesmerizing – Germain ACOGNY

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on September 28, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

I trekked to Paris for inspiration and found it amongst many places and people, but surely Germain Agogny is the most inspirational!

Biography of Germaine ACOGNY 

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Dancer and educator Germaine Acogny, dubbed “the mother of contemporary African dance”, has always cultivated ties between Africa and Europe. Her school near Dakar trains young African dancers and promotes encounters with artists from around the world. This same collaborative spirit informs her new solo Songook Yaakaar. For the first time Acogny enlists words, contributed by leading socially-engaged Senegalese writers, to reference current affairs. With choreography by Pierre Doussaint, another fiercely generous artist. [Mezzo]

Songook Yaakaar  WATCH on YouTube!

la direction artistique de la chorégraphe Germaine Acogny
Patrick Acogny reflects on the didactic approach and the work of Germaine Acogny

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Songook Yaakaar, solo de Germaine Acogny
Biénnale de la danse   Lyon.

Conference announcement: Honoring Spirits of Place

Posted in Events on September 26, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Earth Medicine Alliance 2011 Conference: 

Honoring Spirits Of Place

October 22nd-23rd, 2011

San Francisco, CA

Registration

Off The Beaten Path! – l’Académie du spectacle équestre à la Grande Ecurie du Château de Versailles

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Travelogues on September 26, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

 

FORGET about joining the swarms of tourists at the Château de Versailles, the royal stables is the place to go for a real treat off the beaten path.

Links
Versailles Tourist Information

Académie équestre de Versailles Bartabas
L’Académie du spectacle équestre de Bartabas
Académie équestre : Bartabas présente son nouveau spectacular
Gary Boyce – Le chevalier Saint George
Joseph Boulogne le Chevalier de St. Georges


The Joseph Bo(u)logne, Chevalier de Saint-George (sometimes erroneously spelled Saint-Georges) (December 25, 1745 – June 10, 1799) was one of the most important figures in the Paris musical scene in the second half of the 18th century, he was also famous as a swordsman and equestrian. Known as the “black Mozart[1] he was one of the earliest musicians of the European classical type known to have African ancestry. [wikipedia]

 

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9.25.2011

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Dressage (pronounced /ˈdrɛsɑːʒ/ or /drɨˈsɑːʒ/) (a French term, most commonly translated to mean “training”) is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training.”[1] Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. [wikipedia]

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I am in the process of compiling my long-awaited pocket travel guidebook, “Skyeview A Sistah’s View Of The World, Paris Edition”.  Please kindly send me an email if you’d like to be placed on the book launch mailing list. Email: skyeviewtraveler@gmail.com.  Thank you.

 

Photo Diary: Capoeira du quartier Montorgueil à Paris

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Travelogues on September 23, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Today was sunny, bright and a perfect day for just ambling about untethered and unburdened.  The hightlight of my day, neigh the BLESSING of my day was meeting these brothers in Quartier Montorgueil!

Beautiful spirited brothers.

 

Dear Readers,
I am in the process of compiling my long-awaited pocket travel guidebook, “Skyeview A Sistah’s View Of The World, Paris Edition”.  Please kindly send me an email if you’d like to be placed on the book launch mailing list. Email: skyeviewtraveler@gmail.com.  Thank you.

Honor and Praises

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Resources, Travelogues on September 20, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Paris, France

 

Walkabout: “Little Africa” Paris, France

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Resources, Travelogues on September 18, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

The ingredients for African food are of a high quality in Paris and the best place to go to is Place du Château Rouge in the 18th arrondissement. It’s Little Africa, packed with market stalls, and frequented by people in traditional clothes. Some of the shops around Château Rouge are so small and so packed with goods that there is room for only the shopkeeper and his stock. All the buying and selling takes place on the pavement. I speak Yoruba and Fon so I can usually latch on to a few conversations. It’s fun and I can find quality ingredients for preparing n’dolé (bitter leaf) or gombo (okra) just the way I like them. But I also have a soft spot for French food, such as oysters and foie gras. [Angélique Kidjo, The Independent article]

Related articles
Africa in Paris Rendevous France
Africa Talks To You (Pop Matters.com)
Little Africa in Paris is a continent within a city (Post-Gazette.com]
URACA (Unité de réflexion et d’action des communautés africaines)

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9.17.2011