A compelling and enchanting ride from Parisian alleyways to Australia from award-winning French singer Pauline Maudy and friends.
"Brisbane based Pauline Maudy, an expatriate French singer, heartbreakingly channelled Edith Piaf... More, please." - Ken Lord, The Sunday Mail
After a string of successful Queensland and international tours, French-born, award-winning singer Pauline Maudy presents a personal show about growing up in two places.
Take me to Paris is about belonging, about identity. It’s about our search for an idealised version of heaven on earth, Napoleon’s fascination for Australia, Australia’s fascination for the city of love and everything in between.
One of the truly rare voices on the international world scene, Pauline effortlessly channels the greats in French and English, transporting audiences from Parisian alleyways to New York jazz bars in a heartbeat.
This entertaining, funny and moving show skillfully weaves compelling storytelling, breathtaking music and a thought provoking and humorous exploration of whether the grass really is greener on the other side. Skillfully, Take me to Paris takes us on a voyage to the mystical city of Paris and right back to the beautiful land we live in.
“With a plethora of notches on her belt, Maudy paves the way for hungry minds eager to satiate their musical, cultural and intellectual appetites.” Scenestr
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- 6 musicians and 1 crew
No adult content or critical technical requirements.
Human Symphony presents international quality shows, musical works and community engagement programs. Led by acclaimed French vocalist and Artistic Director Pauline Maudy and featuring Creative Producer Greta Kelly, the company works with award-winning performers from Australia and Europe and has been mesmerising national and international audiences with powerful and inspired shows.
The producing team have been working together since 2004 to bring compelling sounds and stories to audiences. With their combined experience they have toured orchestras and bands across continents, designed powerful community engagement programs, received multiple Queensland Music Awards and collaborated with inspiring artists in Australia and abroad.
Unique musicality and storytelling, coupled with theatrical experience and a knack for engaging community members across generations makes for a truly valuable and entertaining experience.
The team has presented three shows through ArTour: MZAZA: Children of the Road (2016/2017) MZAZA: The Birth and Death of Stars (2019/2020) Take Me to Paris (2021/2022)
The team is passionate about delivering impactful stories, music and engagement that has a long-term positive impact on individuals and communities.
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Unique Selling Point
Audiences strongly connect with Pauline's charimatic storytelling and her moving renditions of classics and original songs in French and English. International instrumentalists bring to life stories of Paris and starting anew across the seas.
Much more than a story of migration, Take me to Paris connects to the part in all of us that once wondered if the grass was greener on the other side and reminds us of the importance of community.
The company works with schools, cultural groups, community music groups and choirs across Australia to teach songs through workshops and invite participants to perform with the band.
The Take me to Paris media pack includes a media release, full colour bio with photos, video links to live performances, and past releases.
Our media team successfully secures interviews and live-to-air performances on local/national radio, newspapers and music blogs.
Our teaching resource pack is sent in advance to leaders of relevant community music groups, school teachers and cultural organisations.
Our extensive connections with community choirs, cultural groups, folk music and dance associations and language learning groups will benefit ticket sales.
Workshops can take place on the day of the performance, or a day or two prior to the show. and can be targeted towards primary or high schools, adult music groups, groups with a lived experience of mental health or disability, and seniors. The workshops are targeted specifically to the level of the group and can be customised to best serve the needs of communities.
Workshops include: Singing Instrumental Songwriting/ensemble work Storytelling Cultural (interactive French music session) Professional Development for cultural workers One on One mentoring (music, songwriting, community engagement or arts business practices)
- participants performance opportunities during the show
- expansion of local music students’ knowledge of music and culture
- promotion of intercultural harmony and celebration of identity
- enriching existing community music group practices
- enriching existing cultural practices
- creating new networks in the community
- career development
Through regular and informative social media posts and email list, we keep in touch with participants after the tour We love to return to regional communities, and to work with the same music groups over the years.
When not touring, the team work as classroom music teachers, instrumental music teachers, language teachers, community engagement consultants, arts producers and music therapists.