Hors Normes: a French film outside the norm

autistic teen leaves vehicle with his two aides

Marco Locatelli plays Valentin, a non-verbal autistic teen in “Hors Normes”. photo © Carole Bethuel

Autism is one word trying to describe a million stories. Hors Normes is one film that tells some of those stories surrounding autism in France.

autistic girl ice-skating with the help of two aides

Aides ice-skate with an autistic girl in a scene from “Hors Normes” photo © Carole Bethuel

Hors Normes is neither documentary nor fiction, both comedy and tragedy. Like its characters, Hors Normes doesn’t fit nicely into any category. Continue reading

An Autism-Friendly Evening of Song in Paris

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Les Concerts de la Rue Bayard presents two exceptional American artists: soprano Lauren Libaw with composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg. The program features the premiere of a newly commissioned song cycle by Daniel Schlosberg on poems by Lydia Davis. The concert includes songs by Charles Ives, Stephen Foster as well as favorites from the Disney Songbook (Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, Anastasia) and selections from musicals (music by Sondheim, Herman, Tesori, Yeston…) Everyone is welcome to attend this inclusive sensory and autism-friendly event meaning people with autism and all other disabilities are welcomed and accommodated. Entry is free at the Paul Snelgrove Concert series but they do request an optional/discretionary contribution to costs. Reservations : 06 07 94 50 97 E-mail : psnelgrove@noos.fr

What: The Paul Snelgrove Concert Series Autism-Friendly Evening of Song
When: Saturday March 23, 2019 at 7pm-8pm
Where: Scots Kirk, 17 rue Bayard, 75008 Paris

The artists/interpreters

Soprano Lauren Libaw has been praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (New Soprano Lauren LibawYork Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker). She is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal College of Music, London. Lauren made her debut at the Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels as the Angel (Jephtha) and has since sung in venues including the Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, the National Gallery London, and Handel House. To learn more, visit her website by clicking on the photo.

composer and pianist Daniel SchlosbergThe music of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg has been performed around the world by renowned artists in prestigious venues. He continues to perform and co-founded the composer-performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy. Daniel serves as co-Music-Director of Heartbeat Opera, and is a core member of the chamber ensemble Cantata Profana. He holds a BA from Yale College, MM, MMA, and DMA from the Yale School of Music. His work has been described as “richly detailed yet delicate” by The New York Times and “witty” and “ingenious” by The Wall Street Journal. Click on his photo.

The venue

The Scots Kirk is the only English speaking Presbyterian church in France. The international congregation is part of Church of Scotland. While they host the Paul Snelgrove “rue Bayard” Concert Series, the concerts themselves have no religious affiliation. Artists enjoy performing in the church which has a reputation as a special place to perform. Mr. Snelgrove is also a musician and organises the performances. More details about the concerts can be found on the Paul Snelgrove Concert Series Facebook page. Scots Kirk is wheelchair accessible. The atmosphere is more relaxed than a traditional concert hall whose social codes may be challenging for people with autism.

 

Lauren Libaw shared her childhood story of when, as a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, she sang with Los Angeles Opera. On the gala evening one of the sponsors sat front and center with her son, who is on the autism spectrum. He was a great fan and would jump up from his seat applauding. She recalls that at several performances his “difference” was embraced by everyone. Lauren longed to repeat this experience and share her voice with more music lovers with disabilities in France. She made arrangements with Paul Snelgrove to hold a concert when her friend Daniel Schlosberg would be in Paris. Paul Snelgrove, who is a native of England, went to great lengths to research autism-friendly, sensory-inclusive and relaxed performances which are current in Great Britain and the United States. The acoustics of the small space will be reassuring to those with hypersensitivities. The soft lights will be left on. Seating will be arranged to allow for freedom of movement (stimming allowed!). People may enter and leave as they wish and a “chill space” is available for those who need it as well as restrooms. Program and pre-visit social guide will be provided on request or see below. Hope to see you there!

Access: Bus 42 Montaigne- François 1re; 2 minute walk  Métro Franklin D. Roosevelt (Line 1 or 9; 4 minutes walk) Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (Line 1 or 13; 7 minutes walk) or Alma Marceau(Line 9; 7 minutes walk)

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