New York, NY
Date and Time
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 7:00pm
Edith Piaf Alive and Living in New York
Introducing French chanteuse Floanne
Written by Floanne & Alice Jankell
Directed by Alice Jankell
French actress and singer Flo Ankah recounts the Piaf story. This authentic ‘chanteuse’ and farm girl opens the door to her culture, by taking a closer look at the legendary ‘Little Sparrow’ —with that husky, mournful voice so popular in the 1940’ and 50’s. The performance is a culturally rich and moving presentation that will make you smile, with tunes transporting you to other times and places.
Yes, both Floanne and Edith Piaf will be attending the rendez-vous in a medley of vintage tunes from their native France… with a modern twist. She will embody the legend, interpreting the melodies from her point of view as a child, imagining Piaf’s characters coming to life. Down to earth, sensual and bohemian as her beloved Edith, Floanne will make you discover her poignant music and share her unconventional life.
Floanne has been reviving the tradition of French Music Hall, performing Chanson, as well as original compositions. She is returning at the Metropolitan Room for a monthly residency where she has performed sold-out shows. She has been working with a rotating band of Jazz musicians. This marks Floanne’s first time collaboration with theater director Alice Jankell, who is lending a cutting edge presentation to the cabaret form: the promise of an unconventional cabaret presentation.
Flo Ankah is a New York actress working on stage, film and television (Then She Found Me, One Life to Live, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), her voice is featured on major feature films and numerous international commercials, she has performed at venues such as The Public Theater and the Guggenheim Museum.Her vocal repertoire includes French classics, original compositions, and she continues to train as a coloratura soprano with April Evans. Floanne learned her craft as a nightclub singer with Daniel Isengart and Lina Koutrakos. She has performed her critically acclaimed cabarets at monthly residencies around town and on NPR: www.floanne.com
Floanne is the French Madonna —TimeOut NY
Undeniably effective renditions —Peter Leavy, Cabaret Scenes
A new «little sparrow» has landed. Ankah infuses her daringly dramatic evocation of Piaf’s art with a contemporary energy and rhythm. —Broadway World