This production is about the life of Nina Simone — pianist, singer, and militant advocate for civil rights. It is a sublime and tragic journey, an epic of 70 years, ending in almost complete solitude in France in 2003. Great-great-granddaughter of an Amerindian and an African-American enslaved person, she is heir to four centuries of American colonial history.
Working with a team of African-American and French performers for two years, David Geselson tackles the gruesome conquest of the New World by European colonizers, focusing in particular on the history of African-Americans. Through the fate of Nina Simone, Silence and Fear questions our contemporary Western heritage. Written and performed in English and French, the show is a testament to the meeting of two worlds and two legacies, French-European and African-American.
This is David Geselson’s second appearance at Seuls en Scène. He presented Doreen in 2018.
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The filmed performance is presented in English and 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.