Tilt Kids Festival
Tilt Kids Festival
With five world premieres and four U.S. debuts, the Tilt Kids Festival multidisciplinary festival presents adventurous and playful new work for families from artists spanning the globe from March 4 through April 16 at venues throughout New York City, including The Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill and Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza.
Tilt Kids Festival invites kids and families to discover, play, imagine, think, and create, with performances and events that challenge the boundaries of art forms. From theater to dance parties, music concerts, innovative workshops, conversations, and visual art installations, Tilt is designed to stimulate and inspire the audiences of today and tomorrow.
This year, the French Cultural Services and FIAF are thrilled to join forces with leading cultural institutions throughout the city including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Public Library, The Invisible Dog Art Center, and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Multiple events will also take place in various spaces at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FIAF. The 2017 Tilt Kids Festival features programming ranging from high-flying acrobatics and open philosophical discussions for kids, to a new adaptation of a classic fairytale, told through a combination of film and live performance.
Tickets are on sale at www.tiltkidsfestival.org.
Five of the festival’s world premieres are newly commissioned works.
The first is a large-scale, immersive installation—the first exhibition in New York—by Hervé Tullet, the internationally acclaimed illustrator and author of over 75 children’s books, at The Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Hervé Tullet is an artist and performer, as well as a renowned children’s book author, whose large-scale interactive workshops, involving up to 1000 people, take place in various libraries, schools, art centers, and museums around the world. A renowned artist of books, including Mix It Up, Let’s Play, and Press Here, Tullet is also celebrated for his large-scale art workshops for children and series of games by Phaidon. In September of 2017, Tullet will release OH! Un livre qui fait des sons. Tullet moved to New York City in October 2015. Since then, he has appeared at events, performances, and readings at such prestigious venues as the Guggenheim and MoMA. This Isn’t Trash will be his first exhibition of his work in New York.
In another, Congolese theater director Toto Kisaku invites kids and their parents to create costumes, sound effects, and creative recitation in a participatory performance of his favorite African folktale at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on Saturday, March 11, 2017, with African Tale. Set designer, actor, director and producer Toto Kisaku is currently working with local companies from the Institut Français de N’Djamena to participate in urban reconstruction.
The Teens Library, created by French artist Fanny de Chaillé, will highlight the lives of recent immigrant teenagers in New York City, who will become living books and share their personal stories with the audience in an intimate setting at Albertine Books in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Each “book” is the result of a collaboration that started in November 2016 between the artist and a group of teenagers who are part of the New York Public Library Literacy Leaders program. In a series of workshops, they worked together to determine a theme, topic, or personal history to be shared. Participating teens are primarily recent immigrants to the U.S. aged 14-17.
Conductor Tan Dun’s Terracotta Symphony and Hero Concerto
In the festival’s first collaboration with the Met Museum, the Juilliard Orchestra will perform Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer and conductor Tan Dun’s Terracotta Symphony and Hero Concerto, which will complement the Met’s exhibit of terracotta warrior sculptures protecting the Qin Emperor. Tan Dun, following in the footsteps of his musical icons, composer-conductors Mahler and Bernstein, has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions
And renowned actor Nicolas Bouchaud and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton will offer a compelling, musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Emperor and the Nightingale at FIAF Skyroom in Manhattan on Saturday, April 1st & Sun, April 2nd. Internationally acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton interprets a broad repertory, performing numerous works that have been specifically written for her both as a soloist and chamber music performer. Parallel to her career as a concert performer, she has conceived, produced and performed her own projects, which continually reconsider the concert form, opening the repertory to the sounds of time and exploring the intersections between different forms of artistic expression. An actor since 1991, Nicolas Bouchaud worked with directors Étienne Pommeret and Philippe Honoré before meeting Didier-Georges Gabily, with whom he collaborated on several plays.
The festival will also include four U.S. premieres that will introduce American audiences to acclaimed works from abroad.
Among them, a series of special photobooth workshops created by François Hébel, artistic director of the Greater Paris Month of Photography, will give budding photographers an opportunity to explore the world before selfies, culminating in an exhibition of creative self-portraits made entirely by kids.
La Cordonnerie’s clever ciné-performance Snow White or the Fall of the Berlin Wall will combine live theater and music and an original film in a re-imagining of the classic tale of Snow White, set in the context of the Cold War on Saturday, March 18 & Sunday, March 19 at FIAF Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan. Get a glimpse inside a magic mirror where fiction, history, and fantasy collide. Snow White has been transported into the 20th century—Berlin, 1989 to be exact. Set during the Cold War, this nuanced re-imagining of a timeless tale delves into the very real drama of being a teenager raised by a step-parent.
The French company La Cordonnerie brings their signature mix of film, music, and theater to New York for the first time. Sound effects, score, and narration are performed live in front of an original film, bringing the magic of theater-making center stage.
French DJ Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), known for his work with Daft Punk and founder of the Ed Banger record label, will curate a mini-version of his popular European dance music festival for families, Stéréokids.
Franco-Spanish aerialist Nacho Flores takes his balancing act off of the tight rope to create a whole new kind of circus, Tesseract, on Sunday, March 5 at 2pm at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Watch with bated breath as he climbs impossible stacks of teetering wooden blocks that rise like mountains and topple like dominoes. Follow him on a surreal adventure through a poetic, shape-shifting landscape where he must battle gravity, befriend ordinary objects and uncover dreams.
Cuisine & Confessions, the newest creation by Montreal-based circus company The 7 Fingers, the company behind Traces and Broadway’s Pippin, combines culinary arts with circus high jinks. The company’s awe-inspiring acrobats combine kitchen appliances, food, and recipes with elaborate choreography, jaw-dropping acrobatics and pulsating music to heighten audiences’ most visceral senses. The show runs from Apr 11 to 16 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
And celebrated author, philosopher, and New York Times columnist Simon Critchley returns to Tilt with an all-new edition of Philosophy for Kids. Celebrating kids’ unabashed curiosity, he will invite them to engage in deep conversations about subjects ranging from friendships to society, and other key themes in philosophy. No parents allowed! Held in two locations and age specific at the FIAF Haskell Library on Saturday, March 18 at 11am (ages 5–7) and 12pm (ages 8–10), and on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm (ages 6–8), 3pm (ages 8–10) and 4pm (ages 10–12) at the Brooklyn Public Library in Grand Army Plaza.
“Tilt Kids Festival invites you on a journey across the arts, and on this train, there is no quiet car! Tilt will elicit a sense of freedom rather than impose decorum. Invited artists create new work that pushes the frontiers of creativity, and stimulates the imagination of both kids and their parents,” said Rima Abdul-Malak, Lili Chopra, and Violaine Huisman, co-curators of Tilt Kids Festival. “In this time of heightened global uncertainty, we remain committed to offering positive, mind-opening artistic experiences that encourage a deeper understanding of the world. No matter how old you are, let curiosity be your guide!”
Tickets are on sale at www.tiltkidsfestival.org.