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by Jennifer Laoun-Rubenstein, o.o.d

Ode to Performance Art

There are more walls than floors. It follows that although it isn't easy to find exhibition space for the visual arts, it is even more difficult to find a space to show off the work of performing artists.

This is why we support initiatives such as OFFTA's Festival des arts vivants and also why we happily offer our shop floors to musicians, singers, dancers, actors and poets.

Not familiar with OFFTA? According to their website, The OFFTA favours singular initiatives, emerging practices, interdisciplinary works and experimentation. The OFFTA is not only a showcase of the vitality and creativity of the artistic community, but also a platform for exchanges between artists from different disciplines and horizons.

It is because of five young artists who joined forces in 2007 to launch the first festival. This year's lineup marks the fifth anniversary of the multidisciplinary celebration.

We wanted to be part of the fun, and so from May 30th until June 1st, we offered up the windows of our Saint-Denis shop for Myriam Jacob Allard's musical rendition Renaissance no. 6. The performance is a tribute to Marie King and centered on the maternal experience.

The Festival des arts vivants continues until June 4th, 2011. Check out the programming here: www.offta.com

We had a blast singing along with Myriam and watching crowds form as her voice stopped passerbys in their tracks. Here is last night's evening in photos:

 

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The show is about to begin!

 

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The talented Myriam Jacob-Allard.

 

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Marie King would be proud!

 

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It's not a show without confetti!

 

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Sara sprinkling the stage!

 

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The audience really got into the performance!

 

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What a voice!

 

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It seems there is a direct corrolation with people who love gorgeous eyewear and people who love amazing performance art! I have a weakness for those red Ray-Ban Wayfarers on the right...

 

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Myriam gets in on the confetti action.

 

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The star of the evening bends down to greet her youngest fan! (awwwww!)

 

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Sara and Claire, dressed as Marie King, made sure everyone in the audience got a copy of the lyrics to sing along with Myriam.

 

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Frontstage...

 

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...backstage!

 

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The crowd shows its appreciation.

 

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Myriam and Marie King.

 

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The take-down!

 

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