Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2020

The 2020 French Theater Festival runs September 10-20, 2020.

Seuls en Scène brings celebrated French actors and directors, as well as promising early-career artists, to Princeton University and the local community to present their work, introducing American audiences to dynamic and engaging French productions. This year, due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, we will be offering a virtual edition of the festival in collaboration with the 49th Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris. Learn more below about the exciting events and productions in the 2020 season.

Read the Seuls en Scène 2020 Festival announcement »

WELCOME VIDEO

 

FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP

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. Other 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.

EVENT NOTES

PROGRAM RECORDINGS

Recorded programs will become available to view on each event’s page on the date and time noted and will remain available through midnight on the closing event date. To watch the videos on the event pages, review the list of events below and click the button for “FULL DETAILS” to watch your selected program.

LIVE CONVERSATIONS

Some of the conversations with guest artists will take place live on Zoom. Advance registration is required for these conversations. On the day of the conversation, all registered guests will receive a Zoom invitation by email with the Zoom link and Meeting ID to join the event. Register now for conversations on Eventbrite

ACCESSIBILITY

Some of the presentations will have subtitles in English via captions or translated scripts. If you are in need of other access accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu for assistance at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Florent Masse, founder and artistic director of Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, presents a recently recorded conversation with directors of productions from Festival d’Avignon, Festival d’Automne in Paris, and Comédie-Française to share an update on the situation of festivals and theaters in France at the beginning of the new theater season. The video was posted September 10-20.

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

In advance of welcoming Marion Siéfert’s production of "Du sale! (Real Shit!)" to Princeton at a later date, Seuls en Scène streams a film documenting the creative process behind the production. Last spring, during the pandemic, Marion Siéfert and her collaborator Mathieu Bareyre made the film as a "Letter to the Viennese" for Wiener Festwochen 2020 when it was evident "Du sale!" could not be performed live as scheduled at the renowned contemporary theater festival in Vienna. The video recording was available September 10-13. On September 13 at 4 p.m. (EDT), join us for a live conversation with Marion Siéfert and Mathieu Bareyre on Zoom in French following the online presentation of the film.

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

In a recent recording, Franco-Senegalese playwright and dramaturg Penda Diouf reads her most recent play about resilience that is both intimate and political, "Pistes (Tracks)." Directed by Aristide Tarnagda, this monologue about the courage to come face-to-face with one’s own demons is also a roadtrip across Namibia, site of the first genocide of the 20th century targeting the Herero and the Nama people. The reading is in French with an accompanying English translation of the script. The video recording was available September 11-14. On September 13 at 2:00 p.m. Diouf and Tarnagda will host a live conversation via Zoom in French.

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Exclusively for Seuls en Scène 2020, French theater artists Sandy Ouvrier and Astrid Bayiha read a few of their favorite tragic scenes by Jean Racine, centered on unrequited love. The recently recorded reading is presented in French. The video recording was posted from September 12-20.

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Far from any Marivaux-like literary flourishes, this production brings us words spoken in a direct, unflinching way on the subject of marital dispute and the premonition of the break-up. Given that they are the ones best placed to talk about it – though rarely listened to – writer and director Mohamed El Khatib invited children of parents who have split up to take to the stage and share their points of view, based on interviews conducted over several months with around 100 8-year-olds from different backgrounds. The video recording was available September 13-16. A live conversation in French with El Khatib will be hosted via Zoom on September 16 at 4:45 p.m.

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Using archival material and documentary inquiry as her starting point, Émilie Rousset’s performative research projects explore theatrical potential in the gap between original documentation and its representation. She has collaborated with filmmaker Louise Hémon on the “Rituels” series, an evolving collection of films and performances which probe the rites of society by drawing upon the respective codes of theater and documentary cinema. Le Grand Débat recreates a televised debate using a collage of archives from presidential debates taking place between 1974 and 2017 through three short films and a recorded performance with humor an essential component. Recorded live at the Festival d’Automne in French. The video recording was presented Sept. 15-19. A recorded conversation in French with Rousset and Hémon will be presented on September 18 at 4:45 p.m.

Online · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of Comparative LiteratureCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of Art and ArchaeologyHumanities CouncilCenter for French StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and SocietyFrench American Cultural Exchange FoundationDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

In his first production aimed at audiences young and old, Jonathan Capdevielle tackles Hector Malot’s Sans famille, a vibrant classic of French literature. Based on this rite of passage novel, the show recounts the uplifting events in the life of Rémi, an orphan sold to a warm-hearted artist. Little by little, the sound in this immersive adaptation makes the act of listening an increasingly important element of the production, paving the way for the shift from image to audio fiction. This event is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. The recording of the live event is presented in French. The video recording was posted on September 18-20. A live conversation in French with director Capdevielle will be hosted via Zoom on September 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets

All events in the French Theater Festival are FREE and open to the public. Some events may require advance registration.

Questions?

If you have any inquiries concerning the French Theater Festival, please email us at ftw@princeton.edu. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you!