14 February 2010

UNESCO and The Bible: Heritage of Humanity

Last night I went with three other students to the UNESCO building in Paris . . . the Alliance Biblique Française hosted a week-long exposition on the Bible and it's impact on cultures.  The exposition was incredibly well done with historical information, including a VERY old scroll in Hebrew that was uniquely displayed so that one could actually scroll (no pun intended) through it.  There was a display that had auditory tracts with earphones allowing the listener to hear dramatic readings of Scripture and commentaries.  My friends that work with SIL particularly enjoyed the section on translation and literacy work.



 As the closing event to a week of round table discussions and lectures, the ABF hosted the Gala Artistique de Clôture.  The Gala was an evening full of Bible scripture readings by French stage actors (Frédéric Giroutru and Philippe Girard, of the troup d'Olivier Py du Théatre national de l'Odéon) and author Frédérique Hébrard, along with musical performances by Miguel Angel Estrella (pianist, ambassador, and delegate for UNESCO from Argentina), Daniel Darc, and the New Gospel Family Ensemble (a Gospel choir from the US).


Over all it was a FABULOUS evening!  The scripture readings and piano performances were great!  It was a bit surreal hearing passages from both the Old and New Testaments (testimonies of the life of Jesus and the writings of Paul and David) in the UNESCO building in  the heart of Paris . . . complete with a FANTASTIC view of la Tour Eiffel.  


There was one little glitch though.  Daniel Darc.  He made is fame in the late 70's and early 80's with his band Taxi-Girl . . . haven't bothered trying to find any of his tracks online to see if perhaps in his day he was actually pretty good, but there is really no way to explain how horrible his performance was.  His singing and speaking was nearly unintelligible, he walked as if he suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis in his knees, and he squirmed as if he felt like he was crawling with ants. Hmmm.  Thankfully one of my friends had a camera that takes video.  This is of his first song.  The next two were even worse . . . the second song had quite a bit of Hebrew mixed in with French . . . I recognized the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:7 (Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad), and the third "song" was piano and cello music, with Darc awkardly whispering the words to Psalm 23: 
Cantique de David. L'Éternel est mon berger: je ne manquerai de rien.  Il me fait reposer dans de verts pâturages, Il me dirige près des eaux paisibles.  Il restaure mon âme, Il me conduit dans les sentiers de la justice, a cause de son nom.  Quand je marche dans la vallée de l'ombre de la mort, je ne crains aucun mal, car tu es avec moi: Ta houlette et ton bâton me rassurent.  Tu dresses devant moi une table, en face de mes adversaires; Tu oins d'huile ma tête, et ma coupe déborde.  Oui, le bonheur et la grâce m'accompagneront tous les jours de ma vie, et j'habiterai dans la maison de l'Éternel jusqu'à la fin de mes jours.
 So here's the video (hopefully this works). 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some artists are simply so good that nobody understands just how great they are!

Mark said...

From that clip he sounded brilliant... A bit like the French Tom Waits but probably a bit out of place for the genteel audience assembled.

Oh well - your next task is to listen to Gainsbourg :p

M

Deborah said...

Pete . . . you're not really a RockStar so you don't get to comment.

Mark . . . maybe that's my problem . . . Gainsbourg makes me welcome hearing loss. But hey, just my opinion (and I did like Pedro the Lion, so my taste can't be that off).

Robin said...

What a wasted minute and thirty seconds to listen to that! Robin

Mark said...

From that clip he sounded brilliant... A bit like the French Tom Waits but probably a bit out of place for the genteel audience assembled.

Oh well - your next task is to listen to Gainsbourg :p

M

Robin said...

What a wasted minute and thirty seconds to listen to that! Robin