Josephine Baker: a gallery in her honor at the Théâtre du Chatelet (Paris)
The Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris had been closed for more than two years for renovation. Its official reopening is this Friday, September 13th.
Salons renamed in tribute to female figures emblematic of the Paris scene as Josephine Baker or Juliette Greco
Opened in 1862 years, the Théâtre du Chatelet will be 157 years old this year. Its renovation, artistic and technical, will have cost a little more than 31 million Euros. Women are honored in the new presentation of the former imperial theater, with no less than four renowned salons in memory of four female artists who have marked the Paris scene.
Thus, the African-American Josephine Baker, who has maintained a strong bond with Paris and France, has a gallery in her name. The former Adami Gallery becomes the Josephine Baker Gallery. The Salon des Glaces becomes the Salon Juliette Greco, the Salon Wagner becomes Salon Nadia and Lili Boulanger and the name of the singer Barbara is given at the former Salon Debussy.
Josephine Baker, from misery in Missouri to success in Paris
Born June 3, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Freda Josephine McDonald said “Josephine Baker” was a plural artist, sailing between singing, dancing and film. Also known for having adopted several children of different nationalities, her name remains linked to the castle of Milandes in Dordogne. The African-American had acquired the property in 1937, then aged 31 years.
Reviewer in the Paris of the Roaring Twenties, engaged in the resistance, she died on April 12, 1975 in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.
Josephine Baker was a singer, dancer, actress, and got involved in French resistance. The life of this woman, who arrived in Paris at the age of 19 to make a sensation with “La revue nègre”, continues to fascinate historians. ©Dzaleu.com