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Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Digital Festival 2021

Mailles by Dorothée Munyaneza

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 digital edition of the festival in collaboration with the 50th Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris.

The 10th edition presents 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.

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The 2021 French Theater Festival runs September 17-19, 2021, and presents the following HD screenings:

  • Friday, September 17, 2021 – 6pm

Mailles by Dorothée Munyaneza
With Mailles, the choreographer 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.

  • Friday, September 17, 2021 – 8pm

Noire by Tania de Montaigne
In Montgomery, Alabama, on the 2:30pm 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 alive but forgotten.

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 2pm

 _jeanne_dark_ by Marion Siéfert

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.

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 5pm

Silence and Fear by David Geselson
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.

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 8pm

La Cerisaie by Tiago Rodrigues

In this Chekhov play, 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.

  • Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 3pm

Crowd by Gisèle Vienne

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.

  • Sunday, September 19 – 5pm

Trois annonciations by Pascal Rambert

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.

The French Theater Festival is sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Council, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Study (PIIRS), Department of Art and Archaeology, Department of Comparative Literature, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Center for French Studies, and Rockefeller College. International sponsors include Festival d’Automne in Paris, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, and FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange).

 _jeanne_dark_ by Marion Siéfert