Da Silva, Éric
b. 1957, Gennevilliers
Playwright, actor and director
The director of L'Emballage Theatre in Paris, Da Silva's career spans twenty years, including collective creations, the production of his own plays and the translations of several classics for the Théâtre de la Bastille and Théâtre de Gennevilliers. His plays include No Man's Man and Je ne pourrais pas vivre, si je croyais que je faisais du mal (I Couldn't Live if I Thought I Was Doing Wrong).
See also: theatre
b. 1949, Paris
Born in the working-class district of St-Denis on the northern outskirts of Paris, Daeninckx worked as a printer and local journalist before publishing in 1984 his first successful thriller Meurtres pour mémoire (Murders for The Record). His best fiction explores, within the thriller framework, the mechanisms of collective memory and amnesia relating to inglorious episodes in recent French history such as the Algerian war or the Occupation-see La Mort n'oublie personne (Death Forgets Nobody) of 1989. More recently, his essays have traced the hidden links between extreme Right and extreme Left, promoting his view of an essentially corrupt world occasionally redeemed by individual decency.
See also: detective fiction
The dance heritage of France is an extremely rich and long-standing one which dates back to the reign of Louis XIV, where the court ballet reached its height. However, the history of dance in France this century has been somewhat chequered, often leaving French dance trailing behind recent developments in Germany, Britain and (particularly) America, especially with regard to the rise of modern and contemporary dance forms. None the less, the second half of the century has seen a dramatic turn around, enabling dance to have become reputedly the second most popular activity in France after football.
To understand this rapid expansion and the multifaceted nature of the current French dance scene, it is important to address three issues: the dominant role of classical ballet up to the end of the first half of this century; the consequent