It's a pleausre to invite you all to join in the ninth annual edition of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival, entirely virtual this year! Seuls en Scène introduces American audiences to contemporary French theater and takes place annually, in September, on the Princeton University campus. It is curated by Florent Masse, Director of L'Avant-Scène and Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian. This year a dozen online events will highlight the fesival running from Thursday September 10, until Sunday, September 20. This ninth edition of the festival has been prepared in collaboration with the 49th edition of Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Starting this Thursday September 10, a Conversation on the state of French main festivals and theaters will launch the festival followed by a captivating documentary film on the creative process behind the show DU SALE! by Marion Siéfert that premiered at Théâtre de la Commune in Aubervilliers. On Friday, playwright Penda Diouf will read her most recent text Pistes. To prepare this reading, she has worked with celebrated Burkinabe director Aristide Tarnagda. On Saturday, we'll offer another reading specially made for us: Sandy Ouvrier and Astrid Bayiha will read a few scenes by Jean Racine during Fragments Racine. On Sunday, two live Zoom conversations will take place in the afternoon and feature Penda Diouf and Aristide Tarnagda followed by Marion Siéfert and Mathieu Bareyre.
We'll stream La Dispute by Mohamed El Khatib from Sunday evening, September 13, and the exciting Rituels series by Emilie Rousset and Louise Hémon from Tuesday, September 15. The Rituels series includes Le Grand Débat, not to be missed in this election season! The festival will end with the show for all audiences Rémi by Hector Malot, directed by Jonathan Capdevielle.
During week 2 of the festival there will also be live Zoom conversations: with Mohamed El Khatib on Wednesday, September 16, and Jonathan Capdevielle on September, 20. The conversation with artists Émilie Rousset and Louise Hémon will be prerecorded and available for streaming on Friday, September 18.
All online events are free and open to the public. They're accessible on the festival web pages from the days when they start streaming. On average, most online offerings are available for three days, except for the opening Conversation on the state of festivals and theaters in France, and Fragments Racine).
Registration on Eventbrite is required for the live Zoom converstions (link below).
- Here is the festival web pages on the site of the Lewis Center for the Arts: https://arts.princeton.edu/frenchtheater/ and those maintained by the Departement of French and Italian: https://fit.princeton.edu/
- The Eventbrite link for registration to the conversations: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/seuls-en-scene-princeton-french-theater-festival-11090010440
- And our festival promo video!: https://vimeo.com/454847678/582b426956
We look forward to seeing you soon!
All the best
Department of French and Italian