Saturday, May 11, 2013

SALON DE JEANNE D'ARC 2013

Media Contact: Amy Kirk Duvoisin, joanofarcparade@gmail.com or (504) 251-5046
 
 

SALON DE JEANNE D'ARC 2013

 
An all day conference about Joan of Arc
Free and Open to the Public
 
 
PRODUCED AND PRESENTED BY THE JOAN OF ARC PROJECT,
 

Sunday, May 19th 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 
No registration required for discussions; RSVP's encouraged for 1 p.m. workshop

 
Doors Open at 10 a.m.
All events will be held in the Vieux Carre Room, first floor, Bienville House Hotel
320 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 70130

 
10:30-11:30 a.m. Francophile Walking Tour of the French Quarter by licensed tour guide James Geraghty. Begins and ends at the Bienville House Hotel. Please arrive by 10:15 a.m. to ensure your space. Limited to 22 people. French Quarter Tour led by James Geraghty, licensed tour guide and Francophile. Experience the storied streets of the Vieux Carre and three hundred years of French presence in the Crescent City. Your tour includes such sites as New Orleans' birthplace, the Mississippi River; early colonial history at the Ursuline Convent and Madame John's Legacy; the French Market (America's oldest public market); Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral; the identical, block-long Pontalba Buildings; the statue of Joan of Arc at New Place de France; and unique locations covering topics such as Degas in New Orleans, French opera, jazz, and Creole cuisine.
 
11:30 a.m.-12 noon. CROISSANTS WITH THE KREWE DE JEANNE D'ARC. Complimentary coffee, tea & croissants. A time for members and members-to-be to pick up membership information, ask questions, and join the krewe! We'll have a membership table open all day...but now is a good time to catch us between panels and workshops to talk about all things related to the Joan of Arc Parade, held annually on Joan of Arc's birthday, January 6th.
 
12 noon to 12: 45 p.m. More than "Just" a Parade: What it feels like to portray Joan of Arc, King Charles VII, Queen Yolande of Aragon, and other historical persons in our parade. An informal and lively talk with Betsie Gambel (Queen Yolande 2013), Rene Bajeux (King Charles 2013) and Caye Mitchell (Warrior Joan of Arc 2009-now!) about how their parade role has transformed them, what they learned, and other ways this parade is unlike any other Mardi Gras parade. Moderated by Parade Marshal and Mardi Gras historian/collector Rafael Monzon about how this "new" parade is more like parades of yore.
 
1:00-3:00 p.m. Heraldry Workshop with Nora and Antoinette. This workshop, led by our krewe costume designer our krewe "officer in arms", will involve exploring meaning and symbolism in heraldy and house badge, seal, or signet creation both on a personal level and for the segments of our Krewe. Nora will be training us in the correct ways to emblazon our gear and garb with iconic images we create.This will lead into a discussion of long term themes for each segment of the krewe. TO REGISTER, EMAIL JOANOFARCPARADE@GMAIL.COM. This is a free workshop, but limited to 20 people.
 
 
 
3:30-4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: THE AGE OF JOAN OF ARC with members of Loyola University's Medieval Studies program. Panelists will discuss the musical culture of late medieval France and other female visionaries of Joan’s time. The panel will feature Dr. John Sebastian, Associate Professor of Medieval Literature and head of Loyola’s Medieval Studies program, and Dr. Alice Clark, the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., Distinguished Professor of Music in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts.

 
4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Cocktails with THE KREWE DE JEANNE D'ARC. Complimentary wine and cheese with members of the krewe. Another opportunity to drop in and meet and greet members, ask questions, and get a calendar of events for the rest of the year, leading up to our 2104 parade.


 
For more information about the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc and the annual Joan of Arc Parade, visit http://www.joanofarcparade.com and fan us on Facebook at JOAN OF ARC PROJECT.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

 
WORDS FROM OUR FIRE DANCER, CAT LANDRUM
See her peform at 5:30 p.m. before the parade tonight, January 6th
 
 
Dancing with fire is like dancing with a partner;  there must be a balanced relationship between the dancer and the element. Before I discovered the art, my relationship with fire was far from what it is now. One year I had lost all my belongings in an apartment fire caused by a gas leak. The next year fire threatened my life again when a neighbor in my duplex had a cooking accident. These experiences caused me to feel intimidated and resentful towards the element. It was when I first discovered the art of fire dancing that my thoughts changed. Watching dancers move the element to create patterns of light and shadows made me realize how beautiful fire could be. I thought that attempting this myself would help me overcome by negative feelings. This took time as well. At first, I tried dominating the flames as if making the dance into a form of revenge for my earlier experiences with fire. This resulted in a few scars. Finally I learned to respect the element and develop a relationship with fire that allows me to use it's beautiful glow to express myself through movement. The fire that is my dance partner is not a fire of destruction, but a shining light that reflects the fire burning within.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SALON DE JEANNE D'ARC THIS WEEKEND: Press Release


THE JOAN OF ARC PARADE

GOES INDOORS AND ON-SCREEN!

Panels, Workshops, Discussions, Theater & Films will be offered this weekend by the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc



Conference and Workshops:     MAY 19 from   10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Film Screenings:                     May 20th  10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.



Saturday events will be held at The Bienville House Hotel at 320 Decatur Street

Sunday films will be shown at Bobet Hall, Main Campus, Loyola University, just off St. Charles Avenue

 

(New Orleans, LA--May 16, 2012)--The Salon de Jeanne d'Arc will be held this weekend in honor of Joan of Arc's many significant May dates: her lifting of the Siege of Orleans on May 8th; her canonization on May 16th; and her Feast Day on May 30th.

Brought to you by the folks who bring you the annual JOAN OF ARC PARADE, this two-day free conference is dedicated to offering the public a taste of all things Joan of Arc and the Joan of Arc Parade. The programs include a panel of our "Joans” talking about their experiences riding as Joan in the annual Twelfth Night parade, to presentations by Tulane and Loyola professors about perceptions of Joan of Arc from Shakespearean  times to modern-day France.  Costume workshops and a French language workshop are also offered on Saturday; on Sunday, three movies with three very different portrayals of Joan of Arc will be offered for free at Loyola University, back to back.  Donations to the krewe are welcome and encouraged.


The Salon de Jeanne d'Arc, now in its third year, is produced by the Joan of Arc Project, which oversees the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc and The Joan of Arc Parade.  Decidedly "more than just a parade", the Joan of Arc Project is dedicated to celebrating all things related to Joan of Arc, including honoring French culture and offering New Orleanians' a way to show their love towards their unofficial patron saint. 

See overview below.  You may request the full schedule by emailing joanofarcparade@gmail.com.

 SATURDAY, MAY 19TH AT THE BIENVILLE HOUSE HOTEL, VIEUX CARRE SALON, FIRST FLOOR


1    10:00-10:45 a.m. Meet and Greet the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc. Coffee & Croissants.

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. OUI! OUI! French Language Workshop conducted by a teacher from Alliance Francaise New Orleans.

            12:00-12:45 p.m. Joan in Literature: Portrayals in Shakespeare's Henry VI. A presentation by Director of Medieval Studies at Loyola, Dr. John T. Sebastian.


1-1:45 p.m. Being Joan of Arc: A discussion about what it's like "playing" Joan in the Joan of Arc Parade and its life-altering results.

      2-2:45 Joan as a Political Symbol: From history to modern French politics. A presentation by Dr. Mark Vail, Associate Professor, Tulane University.

3-3:30 p.m. STAGED READING of Je m'appelais Jeanne d'Arc, "My Name Was Joan of Arc" by local French instructor William Gautreaux.

      3:40-4:00  p.m. Q& A with student actors and playwright/teacher William Gautreaux.

****In the nearby board room at the Bienville House Hotel, costume workshops will be occurring simultaneously. Questions? Email Antoinette at dealteriisa@bellsouth.net.*****

12 noon to 2 p.m. MEDIEVAL COSTUME PRESENTATION: . This is a discussion only program designed to walk you through what is appropriate and guide you through the process of defining your place in the parade. Materials, images from history, sample costume pieces, patterns, and thrift store bargains will all be discussed.  

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: CONSTRUCTION OF KREWE FAVORS AND COSTUMES...WELCOME TO KREWE MEMBERS AND KREWE-MEMBERS-TO BE!



FIRST ANNUAL JOAN OF ARC FILM FESTIVAL



SUNDAY MAY 20, 2012 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

Cosponsored at Loyola University New Orleans by the Film Buffs Institute

and the Medieval Studies Program



Films will be shown in Room 332, THIRD FLOOR, BOBET HALL

(BOBET HALL IS JUST OFF ST. CHARLES AVENUE, ON THE MAIN CAMPUS)



FILMS:

10 a.m. to 12 noon   SAINT JOAN (1957, B&W) Directed by Otto Preminger, starring Jean Seberg-- Running time 110 minutes.

12 noon to 1:00 p.m. BREAK: Meet and Greet the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. JEANNE LA PUCELLE: LES BATAILLES (1994) Directed by Jacques Rivette, starring Sandra Bonnaire--Running time 112 minutes

3:30 to 6:00 p.m. JOAN OF ARC (1948, Technicolor) Directed by Victor Fleming, starring Ingrid Bergman--Running time 145 minutes

6:00-6:30 p.m.  Informal reception with the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc




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WALKING TOUR ADDED TO SALON FOR THIS WEEKEND

Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc comrade James Geraghty has offered to host a Francophile walking tour during the Salon de Jeanne d'Arc this Saturday May 19th. The tour will begin at 10:45 a.m. at The Bienville House Hotel, 320 Decatur Street, in the front lobby.


French Quarter Tour led by James Geraghty, licensed tour guide and Francophile. Experience the storied streets of the Vieux CarrĂ© and three hundred years of French presence in the Crescent City. Your tour includes such sites as New Orleans’ birthplace, the Mississippi River; early colonial history at the Ursuline Convent and Madame John’s Legacy; the French Market (America’s oldest public market); Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral; the identical, block-long Pontalba Buildings; the statue of Joan of Arc; and unique locations covering topics such as Degas in New Orleans, French Opera, Jazz, and Creole cuisine.  This tour is limited to 10 people, first come, first served.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Join us May 8th!!! In honor of Joan's lifting of the Siege!


Contact: Amy Kirk Duvoisin, Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc (504) 251-5046 joanofarcparade@gmail.com


LONGTIME JOAN FAN? 

JOAN OF ARC PARADE WANNABE MEMBER?

OR JUST PLAIN CURIOUS ABOUT JOANIE ON THE PONY AND HER STORY?

...THEN YOU SHOULD JOIN US FOR THE...

Salon de Jeanne d'Arc  on Saturday & Sunday May 19 and 20th, 2012

 Lectures & Workshops on Saturday----Movies on Sunday

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (open door policy..come and go as you wish... donations are encouraged but event is free and open to the public)

A full weekend of all things Joan of Arc--plus opportunities to join the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc, organizers of THE ANNUAL JOAN OF ARC PARADE! 

(New Orleans, Louisiana--May 1, 2012)--- The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc proudly presents their third annual conference exploring all things Joan of Arc, including lectures, costume workshops and movies about Joan.  The event is free and open to the public, but donations to the krewe are welcome--and new members are especially encouraged to attend!  Any donation offered that day will go towards krewe membership for the January 2013 parade.   The Salon will be held for 2 consecutive days this year, at one French Quarter (The Bienville House Hotel) and one Uptown location (Loyola University). See full schedule & locations below.  Refreshments will be for sale both days as a krewe fundraiser.  Attendees are welcome to come for one or as many presentations as they wish!


BACKGROUND
The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc was founded in 2008, with the first walking parade held on Joan's birthday, January 6th, 2009.  The Joan of Arc Project, LLC, was formed in 2009 as a way to combine all krewe events and programs, from book clubs to community events, conferences, The Maid of Honor contest,  our annual Twelfth Night walking parade (always held on Joan's birthday Jan. 6th), and other celebrations of Joan. The krewe  contains approximately 60 members and welcomes new members.
Find us on facebook as "Joan of arc project"
 The first conference, "The Joan of Arts Fete" was held in conjunction with the 2010 annual Joan of Arc Parade and was sponsored by the Arts Council of New Orleans. The second such annual gathering was held in May 2011, inspired by so many of Joan's notable May dates (May 8--Lifting of the Siege of Orleans (1429); May 16--Joan's canonization by Catholic Church (1920); May 30--Joan's Feast Day (1431)
and as an opportunity for a mid-year krewe event.  Last year's and this year's events are completely volunteer-driven, from the presenters to the performers and organizers.  Donations are welcome!!!

EVENT SCHEDULE:   

      All presentations are inside The Vieux Carre Salon at the Bienville House Hotel, 320 Decatur Street, in the French Quarter.  Reservations are not required but seating is limited. All presentations are free and open to the public. Questions? Email Amy at joanofarcparade@email.com or call (504) 251-5046.  The krewe gratefully acknowledges the donation of meeting space by The Bienville House Hotel, the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc's official hotel sponsor.

      10:00-10:45 a.m. Meet and Greet the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc. Share croissants and coffee with the krewe and discuss our history, membership levels, and how you and your family can get involved! We'll answer any question--in English or French! This is an informal opportunity to chat with us before the presentations begin, but krewe members will be at the Salon all day at an information table as well.

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. OUI! OUI! French Language Workshop conducted by Sandrine Vigouroux-Crouch of our local French cultural & educational center Alliance Francaise. Start the day off learning a few key French phrases, as well as some fun Joan of Arc related phrases to use during the parade. Meet Alliance Francaise members firsthand to learn more about this worldwide network’s local branch and how you can get involved. 

          12:00-12:45 p.m. Joan in Literature: Portrayals in Shakespeare's Henry VI. A presentation by Director of Medieval Studies at Loyola, Dr. John T. Sebastian. He is the author of articles on medieval English poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Lydgate, medieval drama, and the Arthurian legend.  He is also one of two editors of a forthcoming anthology of medieval drama from Broadview Press.  At Loyola he teaches the literatures and cultures of the medieval world

1-1:45 p.m. Being Joan of Arc: A discussion about what it's like "playing" Joan in the Joan of Arc Parade and its life-altering results. Featuring women and girls who ride as Joan in our parade, including student winners of our annual Maid of Honor contest, including our 2012 Maid Aggie Bell, our longtime and original Joan of Arc, Caye Mitchell, and Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who has ridden as one of our Joans for the past two years.

      2-2:45 Joan as a Political Symbol: From history to modern French politics. A presentation by Dr. Mark Vail, Associate Professor, Tulane University,  International and Comparative Political Economy . A discussion of perceptions of Joan in her native France, and how she has been used as a metaphor by political parties for centuries.

3-3:30 p.m. STAGED READING of Je m'appelais Jeanne d'Arc, "My Name Was Joan of Arc" by local French instructor William Gautreaux. This new play, based on Jean Anouilh's
'THE MAID" won FIRST PLACE at Southeastern Louisiana University's Foreign Language Festival.  Presented in English.

      3:40-4:00  p.m. Q& A with students and playwright/teacher William Gautreaux about his new play about Joan of Arc and the students' perspectives on the process and the piece.

COSTUME PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS in The Bienville House Hotel BOARD ROOM, on the other side of the hotel, near the front desk lobby

12 noon to 2 p.m. MEDIEVAL COSTUME PRESENTATION

Become a part of the pageantry by designing your very own Medieval costume, be it peasant, knight, or noble. This is a discussion only program designed to walk you through what is appropriate and guide you through the process of defining your place in the parade. Materials, images from history, sample costume pieces, patterns, and thrift store bargains will all be discussed. From head to feet, you can bring your personality to the parade in a way that honors St. Joan and entertains those who come to watch.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: CONSTRUCTION OF KREWE FAVORS AND COSTUMES...WELCOME TO KREWE MEMBERS AND KREWE-MEMBERS-TO BE!

One of the many delights of this parade are it's handmade and hand modified throws all connected thematically to St. Joan's life and legacy. Come on by to discuss, design, and define what makes our throws so endearing and collectible. This is a mixed display, discussion, and hands-on construction workshop. Please feel free to bring ideas, supplies, and materials to donate to the krewe. The throw committee will meet after this workshop including any members, or prospective members, interested in having a voice. Questions? Email Antoinette at dealteriisa@bellsouth.net.





FIRST ANNUAL JOAN OF ARC FILM FESTIVAL

SUNDAY MAY 20, 2012 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

See the various portrayals of our golden "Joanie on the Pony" on the silver screen...

Cosponsored at Loyola University New Orleans by the Film Buffs Institute and the Medieval Studies Program



Films will be shown in Room 332, THIRD FLOOR, BOBET HALL

(BOBET HALL IS JUST OFF ST. CHARLES AVENUE, ON THE MAIN CAMPUS)

Free and Open to the Public--Snacks and beverages will be for sale as donations to the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc. Suggested public parking is on St. Charles Avenue along Audubon Park.  Doors open 9:30 a.m.

FILMS:

10 a.m. to 12 noon   SAINT JOAN (1957, B&W) Directed by Otto Preminger, starring Jean Seberg-- Running time 110 minutes.

12 noon to 1:00 p.m. BREAK

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. JEANNE LA PUCELLE: LES BATAILLES (1994) Directed by Jacques Rivette, starring Sandra Bonnaire--Running time 112 minutes

3:00 to 3:30 BREAK

3:30 to 6:00 p.m. JOAN OF ARC (1948, Technicolor) Directed by Victor Fleming, starring Ingrid Bergman--Running time 145 minutes

6:00 p.m.  Informal reception and Meet and Greet with Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc