Monday, January 25, 2010


To make our 50th anniversary more grounded, we are looking for testimonies of your past experiences of the Alliance Française in Dublin.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Screening. Véronique Doisneau was a member of the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet, a career ballet dancer, but never the étoile. This work by Jérôme Bel was made as Doisneau was approaching 42, POB’s
mandatory retirement age. On a bare stage, Doisneau sketches out her life as a dancer. Both humorous and poignant, Bel’s film reveals the person behind the facade of the mutely graceful corps. A panel discussion on the topic ‘Career Transitions in Dance’ will follow the screening. Panellists include Joanna Banks, College of Dance; Finola Cronin, UCD; Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland, Jenny Roche,
Dance Advisor Arts Council and Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance Arts Council.
This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets can be booked in advance or collected from the Light House Box Office (01 879 7601).
Sunday 31 January 4.00pm


Celebrate Chandeleur with Anne-Sophie from Fafie’s Creperie. This workshop offers children who like to help in the kitchen the opportunity to learn how to make crepes with a professional. The aim is to discover the real secret of Breton Crepes. The motto? Learning by doing… and tasting!

Maximum 12 participants. All materials supplied.

Online registration available: Members AF €10 (on production of membership card) / non-members €15

Saturday 30 January 12.30 – 1.30pm



Screening. A humanist and pacifist film, La Grande Illusion was banned both in Nazi Germany and occupied France during World War II. Benefitting from masterly performances by three leading film actors, Pierre Fresnay, Eric Von Stroheim and Jean Gabin, Jean Renoir's timeless work is still, even to this day, considered to be one of the best French and international films ever made.

In 1917, in a German prisoner of war camp, a group of French prisoners, including an aristocrat, Boieldieu, a foreman, Maréchal and a Jewish banker, Rosenthal, plan an escape. At the last minute, they are transferred to a fortress run by Von Rauffenstein who sympathizes with Boieldieu...

Thursday 28 January 7.30pm
French version with English subtitles, 108 min.

Information and booking:
Admission Free. Seats are limited to 15 and restricted to Members.


Monday, January 11, 2010


Training. To further establish the Alliance Française as a resource centre for teachers of French in the Dublin region, we are proposing this workshop especially designed to give them the opportunity to discover the specifics of interactive whiteboards and to train in their use. Teachers will learn how to find resources and how to create effective ones for the teaching of French - for both adults and children. The workshop The Use of Interactive Whiteboards in the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language, in partnership with TV5MONDE, will be presented by Claire Bourgeois, Director of the Alliance Française, who has been implementing this tool successfully on a large scale at the Alliance Française in New York from 2005 onwards.
It will be followed by a
reception to continue the discussion.

Saturday 23 January 1-4pm

AF Members:
(on production of membership card)
Non-Members: €20
Online registration


Book Launch. Teresa Whitington's The Syllables of Time: Proust and the history of reading reveals reading to be one of the main activities to occupy the inhabitants of the world of Marcel Proust's novel A la recherche du temps perdu. All human activity is glossed by means of a series of metaphors of reading, extending the reader's domain beyond the written text. Through a series of illuminating analyses, Teresa Whitington shows how this web of references builds into a specifically Proustian account of both the outer, social context of reading and the inner, psychological world of the reader.
Teresa Whitington is librarian in Dublin and a graduate of Arts, Library and Information Studies and postgraduate in modern French literature.

Wednesday 20 January 6.30pm


Screening. The Alliance Française is launching a monthly cine-club for children from 6 years old.
When a mother polar bear’s cub dies in the Arctic wilderness, the father polar bear assuagesher grief by kidnapping a human baby boy to raise as their own. Directed by Jannik Hastrup, scored by
Bruno Coulais (Winged Migration), and produced by the team behind The Triplets Of Belleville, the award-winning animated feature The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear is a heart-warming tale of family loyalties among the frozen tundra.

Saturday 16 January 12.15-1.30pm
Wednesday 20 January 4-5.15pm

Information and booking:

Admission Free. Seats are limited to 15 and restricted to Members.

Writing Competition prizes!

Calling all writers!

I am sure you have already started to think about your future Short story and poem!
There will be two winners of this competition, one Irish - who will receive a free French course, of his/her choice, at the Alliance Francaise and one French - who will be able to choose from a wide range of creative writing courses at the Irish writers’ Center.

All the best for this challenge!