Floanne Ankah

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Edith Piaf

The “Little Sparrow” has landed . . . Again!

The French actress and chanteuse Floanne Ankah presents “Edith Piaf Alive and Living in New York” -- or anywhere else for that matter -- taking us back to the Paris of the 40’s and 50’s -- very much a nostalgic journey!

The French-born and New York-based Ankah infuses her daringly dramatic evocation of Piaf’s art with a contemporary energy and rhythm. The result is that Ankah, 27, brings to life this musical icon of the mid-last-century in ways that are both authentic and original. With the collaboration of stage director Alice Jankell and musical director Audrey Saint-Gil, Ankah, supported by a three-piece band, takes us back to a Paris in the 40’s and 50’s churning with existentialism as if it were a place just outside our door.

Trained as an actress and singer under the mentorship of Jean Brassard and Daniel Isengart, Ankah, herself a French farm girl whose own nomadic dreams have led her far from home, says she is reviving a tradition of French music hall as she embodies the melodies of Piaf, a child of the streets of Paris. Piaf died at age 47 in October 1963.

Backing Ankah are music director Audrey Saint-Gil on piano, Kate Dunphy on accordian, Marcel Van Dun on guitar, Mario Monaco on percussion. Jankell, a New York-based director, worked for several years for Disney Theatrical Productions and was associate artistic director of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Floanne Ankah performs “Edith Piaf Alive and Living in New York” often at the Metropolitan Club and the Triad Theater in New York, is upcoming at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York and the distinguished Embassy Concert Series in Washington, DC.

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