Captivating the Senses: ORLAN’S “Le Slow De L’Artiste” Resurrects the Magic of the Slow Dance all photos ©Say Who

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Last week, I had the extraordinary opportunity to be part of the jury for “Le Slow De L’Artiste,” a remarkable initiative curated by the talented artist ORLAN. As an avid music enthusiast, I was intrigued by the concept of reintroducing the slow dance to a generation seemingly unaware of its magic. ORLAN’s vision revolved around the intimate connection shared between two bodies, where not only touch but even scent becomes an integral part of the experience.

Guided by the impeccable Michele Lamy as the President of the jury, we embarked on a musical journey, delving into the works of 20 diverse artists who collaborated with ORLAN. The fusion of sound design and captivating visuals transformed each piece into a multi-sensory masterpiece. The entire jury experience took place within the illustrious confines of Le Petit Olympia, a venue usually reserved for exclusive occasions. It was a rare treat to be enveloped in its hallowed halls.

Adding to the enchantment of the evening, ORLAN herself concocted a special libation named “MADAME DE SAINTE-ORLAN’S cocktail: the guaranteed impure virgin milk.” I must confess, this unique elixir proved to be a delight for the taste buds, perfectly complementing the ambiance of the event.

After several hours of immersive listening and captivating music films, it was time to bestow well-deserved honors upon the following artists:

ORLAN, the creative force behind this event, graciously offered three of her own works as prizes. The coveted first prize was awarded to “Mimosa,” earning its creator a signed and numbered edition of “L’Origine De La Guerre” alongside the iconic “The Artist’s Slow” cape, exquisitely designed by Beñat Moreno. ORLAN, known for her electrifying live performances, has graced the stage with this captivating ensemble.

“SIR ALICE” seized the second prize, impressing the jury with the evocative masterpiece “Je Suis Slowsexuel.le.” The talented artist received a signed and numbered edition of the enthralling documentary study, “Le Drapé – Le Baroque Érotique.”

Meanwhile, the third prize was awarded to “Tentative” and its captivating piece “Les Corps De Métiers M’Excitent.” The artist was honored with a signed and numbered edition of “La Pétition Contre La Mort,” a thought-provoking creation that resonated deeply with the jury.

In a moment of true triumph, “Tentative” emerged victorious once again, claiming the grand prize of the public. The immersive journey of “Les Corps De Métiers M’Excitent” led to the coveted distinction, granting the artist a signed and numbered edition of “La Liberté En Écorchée.”

To conclude this remarkable evening, a vibrant performance and celebration took place at the illustrious Silencio. Regrettably, my nocturnal disposition prevented me from attending this undoubtedly awe-inspiring affair. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but marvel at the exuberance that surely filled the air.

In retrospect, my time on the jury for “Le Slow De L’Artiste” will forever hold a cherished place in my memory. ORLAN’s vision, executed with unparalleled finesse, breathed new life into the realm of artistic expression, captivating all who bore witness. As the evening drew to a close, one thing became abundantly clear: the timeless allure of the slow dance, now immortalized through this artistic journey, is destined to enrapture generations to come.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.