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Local Stories Transformed Into Dance & Theater Pieces

Two French performers use true stories submitted by Washingtonians to create dance shows and theater pieces, which will then be performed by local actors.

Washington, DC, April 06, 2013 --( Histoires Exquises (The Exquisite Tales) is a traveling performance project that is unique to each city it visits. For the DC edition, one French choreographer (Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh) and one French director (Charlie Windelschmidt) will use local stories submitted by Washingtonians to create two dance shows and two theater pieces. During a 10-day residency from April 8-18, the French artists will work with local dancers and actors, who will be the performers on the night of the shows on April 19th and 20th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Audiences will be exposed to a multi-sensorial interaction with the piece, introduced by the live performance and followed by a screening of the original story. Brought to DC by the Alliance Française, these exquisite tales share a unique perspective by locals about their city – with a French twist.

Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh is one of the youngest choreographer’s to have been nominated by the French Ministry of Culture to lead the National Choreographic Center (Le Phare-Le Havre). She has been organizing productions of the Histoires Exquises project since 2011, working with choreographers, visual artists, and directors (Latifa Lâabissi, Salia Sanou, and Thierry Thieû Niang, among others), to create solo performances inspired by and interpreted from stories shared by a resident of the performance city.

During his adolescence, Charlie Windelschmidt spent several years as part of the circus in France’s Midi-Pyrénées region. During his formal training, he performed under directors such as Lisa Wurmser, Joséphine Dereine, and numerous others. His dance company, Dérézo, founded in 1997, creates performances in various styles on the street, in Balinese masks, and in cabaret form. He returns to work with AFDC following presentations of Microfictions in 2010 and 2011.

Residency: April 8-18
Performances: April 19-20 at 8pm
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center // 1333 H St, NE: $15. $10 AFDC members.
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About the Alliance Française
The Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. Founded in 1949, the Alliance Française de Washington offers French classes for all levels, numerous cultural events throughout the year, and a multi-media library open to all members. For more information visit

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About the Atlas Performing Arts Center
The Atlas’ mission is to foster the artistic growth of professional and aspiring performing artists throughout the region; to create a new model for collaborative arts management; to establish a unique community-centered venue for training and education in the performing arts and stagecraft; and to energize and sustain the revitalization of H Street, NE and the surrounding community.
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