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Winter & Spring Tour in France: "Silence and Fear" by David Geselson

© Isabelle Jouvante - Le silence et la Peur by David Geselson

The French company Lieux-Dits will premiere Silence and Fear (Le silence et la peur), written and directed by David Geselson and featuring Dee Beasnael, Craig Blake, Laure Mathis, Elios Noël and Kim Sullivan, on January 14 at Théâtre de Lorient, France, before going on tour until May 2020.

The 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 slave, 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 thus 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.

Read more about David Geselson here


Touring Schedule - Main Cities:

For a complete schedule, check the company's site

Théâtre de Lorient, CDN: January 14 to 17, 2020

Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes: January 22 to 29, 2020

La Comédie - CDN de Reims I Far away Festival:  February 4 and 5, 2020

Théâtre Garonne & Théâtre de la Cité Toulouse: March 25-31, 2020

Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris: April 20 to 29, 2020


The production is supported by The French Ministry of Culture, Région Ile-de-France, Spedidam, Institut français - Théâtre Export program, and FACE Contemporary Theater (FACE Foundation, New York) and  Harlem Stage,  New York.

With the additional support of Théâtre Ouvert – Centre National des Dramaturgies Contemporaines, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve Lez Avignon – centre national des écritures du spectacle and Théâtre de l’Aquarium.

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