Fans of all things French exult: Wednesday kicks off Tigertail Productions’ month long FLA-FRA Festival of French and French-rooted culture, with over 50 music, dance, film and other events. Ranging from Louisiana Cajun music to African modern dance to pop-up performances and a French-themed treasure hunt for grown-ups, the festival should appeal to all sorts of tastes.
Among the most intriguing events are the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band on April 11 at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre, a trio that includes Michael Doucet, singer and fiddler of beloved Cajun group BeauSoleil. French guitarist Adrien Moignard, playing April 17 and 18 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box, is a young exemplar of the swinging, infectious “gypsy jazz” style of Django Reinhardt.
Africa has turned out to be an unexpected source of powerful modern dance, and FLA-FRA offers Ivory Coast-born dancer/choreographer Nadia Beugré April 24-25, also at the On.Stage Black Box. She’ll perform Quartiers Libres, inspired by the struggle against tyranny. Also on tap will be films by revolutionary director Jean Cocteau, including The Blood of a Poet, on Thursday at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, and his classic Beauty and the Beast on April 16, as part of the free Soundscape film series at the New World Center on Miami Beach.
Throughout April, the festival will showcase Culture Clicks, pop-up performances by Miami artists. Two take place next week: On Wednesday, John Bailly creates Matisse a la Claire Fontaine, a Matisse-inspired set of drawings that riffs on images of France, presented at Vizcaya’s Moonlight Garden Tour at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. On April 3, visual artist Kevin Arrow and musician Christiane Grimal present a tongue-in-cheek Audio Visual Travelogue at Rouge restaurant in Normandy Isles.
Complete information, a schedule and tickets for FLA-FRA are at www.tigertail.org, or call 305-324-4337.