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24 April

taster sessions

pratiques amateurs à l'été 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photo Pomme Célarié
Taster sessions, summer 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photograph Pomme Célarié

This summer, why not try out different forms of artistic creation or exercise in these taster sessions run by approved associations? Our taster sessions will provide you with a world tour of activities: Latin American tango, aerobics from India, games from Asia...

Saturdays 2, 9 and 30 June, and Saturdays 7, 21 and 28 July between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm

  • free access, subject to available places
  • theatre-in-the-green

2 June: Bollywood dance and fitness

OPDC for Bolly Deewani

Come and try out Bollywood style dance and fitness.

  • 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm: :
    New for 2012, Bolly Training® is a fitness style created by Bolly Deewani which links muscular training phases with cardio phases choreographed and "Indianised" to Bollywood music.
  • 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm:
    The central element of Bombay cinematographical production, Bollywood dance takes its inspiration both from classical Indian dance and regional folk dances, but also from different international music and choreography styles in a blend of East and West.
  • 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm :
    Never before seen in France, Bolly Aerobic® is a choreographed fitness style specially created by Bolly Deewani. Composed of movements and gestures borrowed from Indian dance, it is practised to Bollywood music from Indian films.

9 June: Argentinian tango

© Mikael Wallerstedt

Argentinian "queer tango" is a way to learn to lead and/or follow Argentinian tango as the participants wish, free from traditional male/female roles.

It is an invitation to work on other artistic expressions to be found in the dance. It is not about abolishing roles, but rather about taking them on, subverting and enriching them with our differences.

Here it is no longer a question of the role of the man and the role of the woman; we speak of the leader and the follower.

In this way, each person can explore the role that attracts them most, whatever its gender expression.

30 june: afrogym

Merlin Nyakam © DR
Merlin Nyakam © DR

Come and dance Afrogym, a mixture of masculine and feminine awareness, with Merlin Nyakam.

Afrogym will take you from Europe to Africa!

The session starts with a singing warm-up to relax the muscles. The warm-up will be followed with cardio-vascular work, then muscle training, all within a framework of fun and poetical African dance, to a background of lively music.  The session ends with stretching to avoid sore muscles!

  • with Merlin Nyakam's La Calebasse company
  • three sessions, at 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm
  • www.lacalebasse.org

7 July: introduction to Chinese games

Animation de Mundus Karavan © DR
Led by Mundus Karavan © DR

The MUNDUS KARAVAN was created as an initiative by facilitators from the Centre de Loisirs on 20 June 2007.

The aim of the association is to enable encounters between an inter-generational, inter-cultural and inter-social public by means of the manufacture and playing of traditional games from five continents.

The games are produced from recycled materials, mainly in wood, but also in plastic and cardboard.

21 juillet : à la découverte du Bogolan

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Bakoroni (la chèvre) © DR

Avec l’association Soleil et l’artiste Souleyman Ouologuem, venez-vous initier à la pratique du Bogolan. Il s’agit d’une technique traditionnelle de teinture végétale et d’écorce de bois sur un tissu en coton, dont le nom vient du bambara et signifie "fait d’argile".

Moments privilégiés pour rencontrer Souleyman Ouologuem, ces ateliers, au-delà de leur caractère ludique, permettent aux enfants ou autres personnes qui souhaitent découvrir la culture malienne de mieux comprendre les fondements de son art.

28 July: introduction to the boomerang

boomerang d'Australie © musée du quai Branly, photo Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado
Australian boomerang © Musée du Quai Branly, photograph Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado

Discover the boomerang and learn how to throw it using three-bladed versions in mousse with the Art Boomerang Club association. This session combines manufacture, experimentation, physical dynamism, reflexes and observation.

On the programme: continuous boomerang demonstrations to show throwing, catching and control techniques.  Throwing the boomerang demonstrates the simple yet complex aerodynamic phenomena that make the object return.

The members of the association will answer all of your questions and can advise you on the use and manufacture of all types of boomerang.