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Live Performance : Juliette Deschamps, The Tragedy of Dido

US Premiere at FIAF
Friday, December 6, 2019

Post-performance Q&A with Juliette Deschamps

Mixing captivating video projection, live jazz music, and powerful storytelling, The Tragedy of Dido created by French videographer Juliette Deschamps paints an extraordinary portrait of Queen Dido, the legendary founder of Carthage.

Part of A Weekend Celebration of Tunisia, the sensory and aesthetic performance will feature narration and music inspired by North African melodies performed by pianist Paul Lay. The performance will be introduced by Professor Judith P. Hallett.

Juliette Deschamps worked in depth with her actors, selected among young students from underprivileged neighborhoods in Tunis. Taking part in this recreation of the history of Dido, these students were introduced to the mythological underpinning of their city. Through their experience the students gained a broader cultural understanding of their city, eventually molding the myth into their own collective narrative.

Creative Team
Juliette Deschamps: Conception, text, realisation and live video
Paul Lay: Music (composition and improvisation), piano
La Nuit & Le Moment: Executive Producer

Duration: 60 minutes approx.
Narration: In French with English subtitles

About Juliette Deschamps

Born in Paris, Juliette Deschamps is a French director and videographer. She is also an actress and producer. Over the past years, she has created a substantial body of work as a video artist. Her pieces have been exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, Cité de la Musique (Paris), Centquatre (Paris), Silencio (Paris), Musée de l’Élysée (Lausanne), and screened in numerous opera houses. Deschamps has developed an innovative system that allows her to mix her films live on stage, re-fashioning them in response to her musical collaborators. She relishes these live encounters and has worked with artists from across the musical spectrum including classical, opera, folk/pop, jazz, flamenco, and electronic genres. Deschamps has also staged operas and musical performances at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Theater An Der Wien (Vienna), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), White Light Festival (New York), National Theater and Concert Hall (Taipei), Teatro Malibran (Venice), and other venues around the world. Her most recent play, Sarah Bernhardt Fan Club, which premiered in 2017, has become part of the repertoire at the Academic Theater in Perm, Russia, where it is still running. She was artist-in-residence at The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn) in 2019 as part of The Elizabeth Krief and Jacques Manardo Artist Residency Program. She currently lives in Madrid.


This program is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation as part of Kids Trail Program.