Tilt Kids Festival

Tilt Kids Festival

Tilt Kids Festival

Perrine Vigneron and Gilles Belley, Coq Hardy, 2015. Kraft costume and wood, 37 x 25 inches. © Perrine Vigneron and Gilles Belley.
February 29, 2016
Tilt Kids Festival

March 4–April 3, 2016


Kids and adults alike are invited to discover, play, imagine, think, and create as part of the Tilt Kids Festival. A new initiative co-presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with venues throughout the city, the festival invites some of the most inventive and exciting creators from France and around the globe to redefine art for young audiences. Philosophy and dance, circus and magic, design, music, and gastronomy come together in a series of forward-thinking and playful events curated for the audiences of today and tomorrow.

Festival events include:

Ionna Vautrin, Le bestiaire 
January 16 through April 2

FIAF Gallery, 22 East 60th Street
Free and open to the public
Ages 3 and up

The FIAF Gallery is transformed into an imaginary zoo where children have the chance to become all kinds of animals, from the most gentle to the very wild. Le bestiaire features the whimsical illustrations of 14 artists and invites kids to play and make their own creature costumes.

Le bestiaire is part of Oui Design, a program initiated by Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Cie 14:20, Cabaret de Magie Nouvelle (US premiere)
March 4 at 7pm & March 5 at 2pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street
FIAF members 15 USD, non-members 20 USD
Ages 6 and up

Every moment is a surprise in this cabaret of magic! Merging shadow puppetry, circus, and magic tricks, this cabaret of magie nouvelle defies theatrical conventions and audience expectations. Watch as the laws of gravity are lifted, jugglers perform unbelievable feats, and fingers intertwine into intricate shadow puppets.

Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center
March 6 through April 15

Special reception for kids & families: March 5 from 4–6pm;
Opening: 6–10pm

The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Free & open to the public
Ages 5 and up

A luscious forest and archaeological dig open up a world of myth and magic in Anima. Kids are invited into an immersive and interactive installation inspired by Mayan culture, to explore the connection between man, animals, and soul. Anima is a collaboration between visual artist Prune Nourry (Terracotta Daughters, 2014) and anthropologist Valentine Losseau with magicians Raphael Navarro (Cie 14:20) and Etienne Saglio, artist Takao Shiraishi, and scenographer Benjamin Gabrié.

Camille Boitel, L’Immédiat (US premiere)
Presented by NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
March 9 through 12 at 8pm; March 13 at 3pm

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place
35–65 USD
Ages 8 and up

In sixty minutes of circus-theater chaos, seven young acrobat-adventurers defy a whirlwind of unstable forces with optimism, dark humor, and breathtaking physical skills.

Talks for Parents
“How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex”: March 9 at 7pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street

“Food Habits Your Kids Will Love”: March 16 at 12pm
FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street

FIAF members 20 USD; non-members 25 USD

Hear experts discuss the best ways to broach health and well-being in two talks designed for parents. Curated by journalist Erica Lumière.

600 Highwaymen, The Total People 
March 12 at 2 & 5pm

FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street
FIAF members 15 USD; non-members 20 USD
Ages 7 and up

600 Highwaymen “want to re-wire your theatergoing DNA” (The New Yorker) and we want them to start young! The extraordinary creators of Employee of the Year, 600 HIGHWAYMEN present the first incarnation of a new commission.

Carousel of Ideas 
March 19; all day

Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue
Free & open to the public
Ages 4 and up

For one day, the French Embassy´s iconic Fifth Avenue mansion will be transformed into an inventive and creative space where young audiences can exercise both mind and body. In the morning, philosopher Simon Critchley will orchestrate a forum of ideas with small groups of budding intellectuals. The afternoon will turn to dance, starting with Ballet by Jérôme Bel and opening up to an interactive ball for families by world-renowned choreographers Bouchra Ouizguen and Miguel Gutierrez.

Wylie Dufresne,
Cool Cooking with Wylie Dufresne: The Magic of Liquid Nitrogen 

April 2 at 11am

Museum of Food + Drink Lab, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn
15 USD
Ages 7 to 9

One of New York’s most innovative chefs leads a fun hands-on workshop. What is flavor and how can you make it? Kids will find out in an interactive workshop led by award-winning restauranteur Wylie Dufresne!

DUO1804 featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) & DJ Val-Inc,
Orchestra for Life (US premiere) 

April 2 at 7pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street
FIAF members 15 USD; non-members 20 USD
Ages 5 and up

Versed in hip hop, rock, electronic and classical music, “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), composer/violinist DBR and Afro-Electronica musician DJ Val-Inc create an immersive and interactive experience with the audience in the celebratory, exclamatory Orchestra for Life.



Tilt Kids Festival presented by Cultural Services of the French Embassy and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

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