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_JEANNE_DARK_ is the name of 16-year-old Jeanne’s Instagram account. Jeanne comes from a Catholic family and lives in a lower middle-class area in a suburb of Orléans. For the last few months, she’s been subjected to malicious jibes about her virginity from her fellow students. One night, alone in her room, she decides she won’t stay quiet any longer: she speaks up and she does it live on Instagram. In front of the mirror, which her smartphone serves as, she tells the story of and invents herself, dances, films, explodes, and transforms herself, switching between undressing and playing a character.

This second collaboration between the French theatre maker Marion Siéfert and dancer, choreographer and performer Helena de Laurens is a show that takes place on stage and on social media at the same time, on the Instagram Account @_jeanne_dark_. The idea was developed long before the COVID-19 pandemic and follows the question of how it is possible to extend the theatre into the interactive space of social media. The performance, which premiered on October 2, 2020 at the Théâtre La Commune in Aubervilliers, provides an impressive answer to this question. _JEANNE_DARK_ is the fourth play by director and writer Marion Siéfert and won the award for the best digital performance of the Professional Federation of the Drama, Dance and Music Criticism.

Content Warning: Mature audiences only. Includes strong language, sexual content, and discussion of violence.

This is Marion Siéfert’s second appearance at Seuls en Scène. In 2020 with Matthieu Bareyre she presented their film documenting the rehearsal process of Du Sale!

“What I find interesting is that in the theatre we can see that she is expending a lot of energy. Helena is a very physical person, both a dancer and an actress who is very much at ease with her body. I thought it would be interesting to see the postures she adopts while her eyes are entirely occupied by the screen. She crawls, she runs, she fidgets. She’s full of movements that are not visible on the screen. Even though she is fixated on Instagram, this is still a theatrical performance.”
— Marion Siéfert

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The screening of this filmed performance is free and open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Advance registration is required.

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Accessibility

The filmed performance is in French with English subtitles. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Attendees in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at least two weeks in advance at LewisCenter@princeton.edu.

 

TRAILER

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

marion with brown hair in top knot wearing white tee and black bomber jacket

Photo by Renaud Monfourny

The writer, director and performer Marion Siéfert developed her first solo work, 2 ou 3 choses que je sais de vous, in connection with her doctoral program in Germany. It laid the foundations of what became her chief focus: an exploration of social media networks, a desire to put the spectator in a position of voyeur, a judicious use of screens. The play was presented at TU in Nantes, and also at the Théâtre de Vanves, the Gaîté Lyrique and other venues.

She collaborated with the director Matthieu Bareyre on two films, Nocturnes and L’époque. At the Wiener Festwochen in 2017 she performed in Les nouveaux aristocrates by Monika Gintersdorfer and Franck Edmond Yao, alongside members of the collective LA FLEUR who hail from the Ivory Coast, Germany, Congo-Kinshasa and France.
She has been associate artist since 2018 at Théâtre de la Commune d’Aubervilliers, where she created Le grand sommeil with the actress Helena de Laurens. The show was presented at the Festival d’automne à Paris in 2018. In 2019, her duo Pièce d’actualité n°12 : Du sale! for the rap artist Original Laeti and the dancer Janice Bieleu received the Grand Prix award at the Fast Forward theatre festival in Dresden. _jeanne_dark_ is a performance posted on Instagram and performed simultaneously onstage. It made its début in 2020 at the Festival d’Automne à Paris, and went on to tour in Angers, Tours, Strasbourg and Orléans.

CREDITS

Produced by Ziferte Productions + La Commune CDN d’Aubervilliers
Conceived, written and directed by Marion Siéfert

Artistic collaboration, choreography and performance — Helena de Laurens
Artistic collaboration — Matthieu Bareyre
Set Design — Nadia Lauro
Lighting Design — Manon Lauriol
Sound Design — Johannes Van Bebber
Video — Antoine Briot
Costumes — Valentine Solé
Make-up — Karin Westerlund
Voice Coach — Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
Baroque Harp — Babett Niclas
Stage Manager — Chloé Bouju
Video Manager — Jérémy Oury
Stage Manager — Marine Brosse
Developement and support for Ziferte Productions — Cécile Jeanson, Bureau Formart
Set Construction — Ateliers Nanterre-Amandiers – Ivan Assaël + Jérôme Chrétien + Marie Maresca

Co–produced by Théâtre Olympia – Centre Dramatique National de Tours + Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes + La Rose des vents – scène nationale de Villeneuve d’Ascq + Festival d’Automne à Paris + CNDC Angers + L’Empreinte – scène nationale Brive-Tulle + Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans + TANDEM-scène nationale Arras-Douai + Théâtre Nouvelle Génération – CDN de Lyon + Le Maillon-Strasbourg + Kunstencentrum Vooruit-Gand + Théâtre Sorano – Toulouse +Théâtre de Liège
With the support of POROSUS, Fonds de dotation + M.A.C COSMETICS + DRAC Île-de-France funded by Région Île-de-France

Residencies T2GCDN de Gennevilliers, La Ménagerie de verre within the frame of Studiolab

Marion Siéfert is an associate artist at La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers, at CNDC d’Angers and at Parvis – Scène Nationale de Tarbes-Pyrénées.

Presented with the support of Institut Français

SPONSORS

The French Theater Festival is sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Council, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Study (PIIRS), Department of Art and Archaeology, Department of Comparative Literature, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Center for French Studies, and Rockefeller College. International sponsors include Festival d’Automne in Paris, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, and the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène