Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2021

September 17-19, 2021

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 50th Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris.

For the 10th edition of the annual Seuls en Scène, join us for a full weekend of HD screenings of recent works by renowned French artists including Dorothée Munyaneza, Tania de Montaigne, Marion Siéfert, David Geselson, Gisèle Vienne, and Pascal Rambert, among others.

Held in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus, all in-person screenings will be free with advance registration required. Events are only open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Registration details are available on each event page listed below, or you can review all schedule and registration info directly on Eventbrite.

Sponsorship

The French Theater Festival is sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, and the Department of French and Italian. 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.

Accessibility

Some of the presentations will have subtitles in English via captions. 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.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all audiences attending indoor events are required to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask. Visitors may attend outdoor events and are not required by current University policy to attest to COVID-19 vaccination or wear a face covering.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

With "Mailles," choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza returns with a choral show for female African or of-African-descent artists in which each body and each voice recounts her experience, her commitment and her force. All together, they also tell us something about what it means to be a woman today. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

In Montgomery, Alabama, on the 2:30 p.m. bus on March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give her seat to a white passenger. Despite threats, she remained seated. Thrown in jail, she decides to plead not guilty and to sue the city. No one before her had dared this. "Noire" is the story of this heroine, still living but largely forgotten. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

On Instagram, she is _jeanne_dark_, sixteen years old, Catholic family, embarrassed by her virginity. Using her phone, she speaks live. From the digital ashes emerge the paradoxes of a contemporary heroine. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

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. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

In this Chekhov play, "The Cherry Orchard," Tiago Rodrigues has found great material with which to fuel his dramatic machine, break the fourth wall, and bring the audience together around the great challenges of today. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

In "Crowd," the choreographer Gisèle Vienne stages 15 dancers at the heart of a party distorted by violence. A radical, polyphonic dance show where movement becomes exhilarating and cathartic. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Three actresses on stage, Silvia Costa, Barbara Lennie alternating with Itsaso Arana, and Audrey Bonnet, reclaim the mystery of the annunciation taking place between the Virgin Mary and the Angel Gabriel, personified by each of them in their mother tongue. FREE; registration required. Open to University community.

Tickets

All events in the French Theater Festival are FREE and open only to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Registration required for all events.

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!