Two powerhouse French performers—stage actor Nicolas Bouchaud and acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder Atherton—join forces to perform an imaginative, musical rendition of Hans Christian Anderson’s treasured fairytale The Emperor and the Nightingale. The pair mix sounds from bells and all manners of music to tell the story of an emperor who tries to replace the love of a nightingale with a glittering mechanical bird.

U.S. Premiere
Ages 4-10
Performed in French

Free and open to the public


An actor since 1991, Nicolas Bouchaud worked with directors Étienne Pommeret and Philippe Honoré before meeting Didier-Georges Gabily, with whom he collaborated on several plays. In 1998, Nicolas Bouchaud began performing under the direction of Jean-François Sivadier, which marked the beginning of a long collaboration between the two men. Bouchaud headlined Sivadier’s production of King Lear, which was presented in the legendary Cour d’Honneur at the 2007 Festival d’Avignon. The following year, he directed and performed alongside Gaël Baron, Valérie Dreville, Jean-François Sivadier, and Charlotte Clamens in Paul Claudel’s Partage de Midi, also presented at Avignon. In 2010, he created La Loi du marcheur, based on the work of film critic Serge Daney, which premiered at the Festival d’Automne in Paris and was presented in a return engagement the following year due to overwhelming critical and popular acclaim. La Loi du marcheur had its US premiere at FIAF in May of 2014. More recently, Bouchaud performed in Projet Luciole, directed by Nicolas Truong, at the 2013 edition of the Festival d’Avignon. Bouchaud was nominated for a Molière Award (French Tony) for his performance in Sivadier’s production of Molière’s The Misanthrope. In November 2014, Bouchaud will re-team with director Éric Didry in a theatrical adaptation of John Berger and Jean Mohr’s Un métier idéal (A Fortunate Man).

Internationally acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton interprets a broad repertory, performing numerous works that have been specifically written for her both as a soloist and chamber music performer. Parallel to her career as a concert performer, she has conceived, produced and performed her own projects, which continually reconsider the concert form, opening the repertory to the sounds of time and exploring the intersections between different forms of artistic expression. Her original works have travelled the world. Wieder-Atherton is the recipient of the Bernheim Foundation Award a winner of the Rostropovich Competition. She has studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with famed French cellist and conductor Maurice Gendron, as well as at the Moscow Conservatory.


LOCATION: FIAF Skyroom
DATES: Apr 1-2, 2017 | at 4pm
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FIAF Skyroom 22 East 60th Street New York, NY 10022

The Emperor and the Nightingale by Nicolas Bouchaud & Sonia Wieder-Atherton

When
Apr 1-2, 2017 | at 4pm
Where
FIAF Skyroom
22 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

Two powerhouse French performers—stage actor Nicolas Bouchaud and acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder Atherton—join forces to perform an imaginative, musical rendition of Hans Christian Anderson’s treasured fairytale The Emperor and the Nightingale. The pair mix sounds from bells and all manners of music to tell the story of an emperor who tries to replace the love of a nightingale with a glittering mechanical bird.

U.S. Premiere
Ages 4-10
Performed in French

Free and open to the public


An actor since 1991, Nicolas Bouchaud worked with directors Étienne Pommeret and Philippe Honoré before meeting Didier-Georges Gabily, with whom he collaborated on several plays. In 1998, Nicolas Bouchaud began performing under the direction of Jean-François Sivadier, which marked the beginning of a long collaboration between the two men. Bouchaud headlined Sivadier’s production of King Lear, which was presented in the legendary Cour d’Honneur at the 2007 Festival d’Avignon. The following year, he directed and performed alongside Gaël Baron, Valérie Dreville, Jean-François Sivadier, and Charlotte Clamens in Paul Claudel’s Partage de Midi, also presented at Avignon. In 2010, he created La Loi du marcheur, based on the work of film critic Serge Daney, which premiered at the Festival d’Automne in Paris and was presented in a return engagement the following year due to overwhelming critical and popular acclaim. La Loi du marcheur had its US premiere at FIAF in May of 2014. More recently, Bouchaud performed in Projet Luciole, directed by Nicolas Truong, at the 2013 edition of the Festival d’Avignon. Bouchaud was nominated for a Molière Award (French Tony) for his performance in Sivadier’s production of Molière’s The Misanthrope. In November 2014, Bouchaud will re-team with director Éric Didry in a theatrical adaptation of John Berger and Jean Mohr’s Un métier idéal (A Fortunate Man).

Internationally acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton interprets a broad repertory, performing numerous works that have been specifically written for her both as a soloist and chamber music performer. Parallel to her career as a concert performer, she has conceived, produced and performed her own projects, which continually reconsider the concert form, opening the repertory to the sounds of time and exploring the intersections between different forms of artistic expression. Her original works have travelled the world. Wieder-Atherton is the recipient of the Bernheim Foundation Award a winner of the Rostropovich Competition. She has studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with famed French cellist and conductor Maurice Gendron, as well as at the Moscow Conservatory.


LOCATION: FIAF Skyroom
DATES: Apr 1-2, 2017 | at 4pm
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