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David Cronenberg has become known as one of the world's greatest directors, for his dark films like "The Fly", "Crash" and "A History Of Violence". Now, his home town of Toronto is honouring him with an unprecedented exhibition showcasing more than four decades of filmmaking. He tells France 24 how Canada held the key to his career, and why he still considers his way of doing things to be underground.
Do 20 minutes of sport a day, and last thing at night, think of three things that worked today. That and other pearls of wisdom form the basis of a new Paris show that’s more experience than exhibition. "The Happy Show" is graphic artist and designer Stefan Sagmeister’s way of getting all of us to think about what brings us joy – featuring all kinds of quirky and frivolous exhibits, graphics and questions.
As the song goes, her heart will go on – and so will Céline Dion’s popularity here in France, if ticket sales for her latest Paris shows are anything to go by. Quebec’s biggest cultural export is back in Paris for the first time in five years with a new English-language album, "Loved Me Back To Life", and seven shows at the Bercy arena.
She made Beyoncé dance for her Mrs Carter tour, she got Pedro Almodovar’s flight attendants moving in "I’m So Excited!", and she's even persuaded Parisians to shake their thing in public. Spanish dancer-choreographer Blanca Li joins Catherine Nicholson in the studio to tell us how, and why, she’s now moved on to choreographing robots.
"House of the Holy Afro" is a hot and high energy dance show from South Africa that its own creator calls "South African pot pourri". Born out of on-the-ground research into ancient ceremonies and rites, it mixes street dance, township gospel, hip hop poetry, and even shamanic rituals.