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Seuls en Scène 2016: Princeton University's French Theater Festival

Seuls en Scène 2016: Princeton University’s French Theater Festival

Published on September 1, 2016
The fifth edition of Seuls en scène will take place from September 22 to October 6, 2016. As in previous years, the festival will offer up a diverse and rich season of contemporary French theater.

Seuls en Scène 2016 will bring celebrated French actors directors and authors (David Lescot, Pascal Rambert, BM Koltès, Audrey Bonnet and Anne Alvaro...) as well as promising early-career artists (Caroline Guiela Nguyen, Noe Soulier, the team of Jeune Théâtre National), to the university and local community to present their work, introducing American audiences to dynamic and engaging French productions.

The Festival is organized by Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian, and Director of L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop, in partnership with Princeton University, Princeton University-Lewis Center for the Arts and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

PROGRAM

Dans la solitude des champs de coton
Bernard-Marie Koltès

In an undefined and timeless place, a dealer and her client meet. The two protagonists assess one another before launching into a quarrel of words, full of poetry. The characters, played this time by two women, start a troubling relationship.

Roland Auzet stages and sets to music this famous play by Bernard-Marie Koltès in an all-new version, with a twist: each spectator will be given a set of headphones. Auzet has conceived a musical dramaturgy, or music scenography, for this new version, and introduces us to veteran stage actress Anne Alvaro alongside Audrey Bonnet who returns to the festival for the third time. The play was a resounding success last winter at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, cheered by critics and audiences alike.

THU SEP 22, 2016 - FRI SEP 23, 2016 · 8:00 pm | FRICK CHEMISTRY BUILDING / ATRIUM | DURATION: 75 MIN
Tickets are FREE but reservations are required. — Click here to RSVP.


Clôture de l’amour (Closing of Love)
Pascal Rambert

In a large room, a woman and a man are talking. They bring up their separation. Her name is Audrey Bonnet. His is Pascal Rambert. This show was written for them and for no one else. To the question: "Who do we love when we love?" the author and director Pascal Rambert does not provide a pat answer. He circulates through all the possibilities. He does not reject the clichés that those who break up, who rewrite memories and embellish them, use at least once before destroying everything.

(Subtitles in English)

SAT SEP 24, 2016 · 8:00 pm | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO / 185 NASSAU STREET | DURATION: 100 MIN
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Finir en Beauté (A Beautiful Ending)
Mohamed El Khatib

From interviews, emails, texts, administrative documents and other "real sources," Mohamed El Khatib (re)constructs a delicate tale of mourning about the death of his mother alone on stage in a touching piece of work that achieves a certain timelessness.

(Subtitles in English)

WED SEP 28 - THU SEP 29, 2016 · 8:00 pm | WHITMAN COLLEGE CLASS OF 1970 THEATER | DURATION: 60 MIN
Tickets are FREE but reservations are required — Click here to RSVP.


Mon Grand Amour (My Great Love)
Caroline Guiela Nguyen / Les Hommes Approximatifs

When Carolne Guiela Nguyen was a child, she asked her grandmother why it was wise not to leave money next to food. Her grandmother would answer, "Because it attracts ghosts. That’s why I heard a little girl who didn’t exist cry for two years, because of my apartment’s neighbor in Saigon."

Once you step into the site-specific performance area, the TV is turned on. You recognize the voices from the lunchtime hour program. Two women are watching the show. The shower is running; there is maybe a third person, in another room. On a piece of furniture, like a little domestic altar, there is the photograph of a man, framed in golden plastic, bordered by pillars of incense. One of the women often comes closer to this portrait. Seeing her this way, you can only think that it’s her great love who is framed there.

FRI SEP 30, 2016 · 5:00pm, 7:00pm & 8:00pm | LOCATION TBA | DURATION: 50 MIN
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Ceux Qui Restent (The Left Ones)
David Lescot

April 19, 2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, after which it was destroyed.

Today in France, there are barely ten individuals still alive who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Paul Felenbok is one of these survivors. He was 7 years old in April 1943. His parents were taken away during one of those many changes of hiding places to which the Jews of Poland were subjected, then were deported and murdered a short time later. Paul survived, and after having lived in a children’s home in Helenuwek, near Lodz, his elder brother managed to send him to France where he grew up in the homes of "Union des Juifs pour la Résistance et l’Ent’raide" and then started a family and took up a scientific career.

(Subtitles in English)

FRI SEP 30 - SAT OCT 01, 2016 · 8:00pm | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO / 185 NASSAU STREET | DURATION: 80 MIN
Tickets are FREE but reservations are required — Click here to RSVP.


Paroles de Soldats (Soldiers’ Words)
Hubert le Roux & Antoine Sabbath

Paroles de Soldats reminds us of the enduring effects of war on the French soldiers engaged in international conflicts over the last thirty years in Iraq, Rwanda, Afghanistan and beyond. Five actors from the Jeune Théâtre National lend their voices to these accounts, sharing the fear and anguish these soldiers encountered when faced with brutal combat that left no one unscathed.

TUE OCT 04, 2016 · 8:00pm | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO / 185 NASSAU STREET | DURATION: 80 MIN
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Mouvement-Sur-Mouvement (Movement on Movement)
Noé Soulier

In this project, Noé Soulier physically reproduces sequences from Improvisation Technologies, in which William Forsythe presents different tools to generate and analyze movements. By using these tools as dance material, Noé Soulier gives them another status: what was an explanation of a dance becomes the dance itself. These explanatory gestures are associated with a reflection on the way movements are defined in various choreographic practices. Words and gestures interact to create correspondences, frictions and gaps.

WED OCT 05 - THU OCT 06, 2016 · 8:00pm | WHITMAN COLLEGE CLASS OF 1970 THEATER | DURATION: 60 MIN
Tickets are FREE but reservations are required — Click here to RSVP.

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