Join us for a live Zoom conversation with writer/director Mohamed El Khatib, moderated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker, following the online presentation of La dispute.

Be sure to watch the recording of the live production of La dispute prior to the conversation.

The conversation will be in French. The virtual event is free and open to the public.


The live conversation on Zoom will be presented at 4:45 PM (EDT). Advance registration required; registered guests will receive a Zoom invitation by email the day of the conversation.

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If you are in need of access accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.



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Photo courtesy Mohamed El Khatib

Born in France in 1980 to Moroccan parents, MOHAMED EL KHATIB advocates for cultural and intellectual eclecticism. This philosophy is reflected in his unusual career path. After studying French language and literature, geography and sociology and spending a short time at the Centre of Dramatic Art in Mexico City, he organised theatre camps for at-risk young people at the Avignon festival in 2003.

Considering art to be an apolitical as well as an aesthetic gesture, he founded the Zirlib collective in 2008 with people from diverse backgrounds, working around a simple premise: the most demanding form must be able to reach the most ordinary audience. Mohamed El Khatib works on a form of “documentary” theatre, the writing of which he has developed with the support of L’L in Brussels, a place offering stage artists a space to experiment.


Madeleine in profile with brown hair black turtleneckMADELEINE PLANEIX-CROCKER is a French-American researcher and curator, currently based in Paris. In 2018, she founded the “Warm Up Sessions”, a performance series at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris that has welcomed guest artists such as Maguy Marin, La Ribot, Mette Ingvartsen, Bolewa Sabourin, and Jean-Biche. Madeleine is currently a PhD candidate at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), studying instances of community-based performances programmed in French cultural institutions. Her research and curatorial practices are greatly informed by a lifelong practice of dance and theatre, and her political activism promoting intersectional feminisms. Madeleine received her BA from Princeton University, followed by a first master’s degree from HEC Paris in arts management, and a second master’s from the EHESS where she conducted an action-based research project on feminist performances and “safe spaces”, in partnership with Women Safe non-profit. Her comparative cultural policy analyses appear in the publications of the Ministère de la culture and the Forum d’Avignon. She has also taught at Sciences Po Paris.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institut Français
  • Department of Art and Archaeology
  • Humanities Council
  • Center for French Studies
  • Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society
  • French American Cultural Exchange Foundation
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies