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Listen again to the SEGAL TALKS! Among them: Artistide Tarnagda, Author/Director, Arthur Nauzyciel, Director/Actor, Keren Ann, Musician/Singer, Guy Regis Jr., Author/Director (Haiti), Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Director,  Jean-Luc Nancy, Philosopher, Daniely Francisque, Author/Actress, Fréderique Ait-Touati,Theater Director/Historian, Philippe Quesne, Director /Scenographer, Jacques Ranciere, Philosopher.

Launched by Martin E Segal Theater Center (MESTC) end of March 2020, the SEGAL TALKS are daily conversations with American and international theatre artists, curators, researchers and academics and Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the time of the pandemic.

The talks are archived on HOWLROUND.com

Find below their bios and links:

Aristide Tarnagda studied at Jean-Pierre Guingané’s Théâtre de la Fraternité. In 2013, he directed his own play And if I was going to kill them all Ma’am? on a mainstage at the Avignon Theatre Festival, while another of his plays, Red Earth was included in the Off-Festival. He is the Artistic Director of the Récréâtrales Festival, one of the largest Pan-African performance festivals, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Arthur Nauzyciel is a French actor and director. Prior to his appointment in 2017 as director of the TNB (Théâtre National de Bretagne), he led the Centre National Dramatique (CDN) in Orléans. In France, he has staged  plays by Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Jean Genet, Kaj Munk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Chekov as well as work based on the writing of Allen Ginsberg, Alexander Dumas, Yannick Haenel.  Nauzyciel has worked in the United States on many occasions, and since 2000 has developed productions with an American cast: B-M Koltès' Black Battles with Dogs (2001) and Roberto Zucco (2004), staged in Atlanta; Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party (2007) and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (2008) for American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), a production that toured Europe and went back to the United States in 2019. He is a frequent collaborator of author-director Pascal Rambert and has worked for dance and opera productions such as Red Waters by Keren Ann and Bardi Johannsson (2011), Play by the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the dancer Shantala Shivalingappa and Session (2019) by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dune.

  • Keren Ann, Musician, Singer and Music Producer, France

Keren Ann is an artist, singer-songwriter & music producer who’s songs have been sung or performed by such eclectic and international artists :  David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Luz Casal, Rosa Pasos, Anna Calvi, Jane Birkin, Henri Salvador and Françoise Hardy.  In parallel of her solo albums and numerous tours, she has worked on original soundtracks for films (La femme la plus assassinée du mondeby Franck Ribière, among others) and theater or contemporary danse (Collaborations with choreographs Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet...). She received the Grand Prix Sacem for 2019 songwriter, and is Officier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.  Keren Ann lives in Paris, France.

  • Guy Régis Jr., Author/Playwright and Director of Festival des Quatre Chemins, Haiti

Guy Régis Jr. is a polymorphic creator; he is a poet, director, playwright, actor and video artist. Throughout his career, Régis has worked extensively to develop infrastructures for cultural production throughout Haiti. He is the founder of the NOUS THEATRE, which promotes a political and experimental physical theatre. His plays, novels, and theater works have been translated into multiple languages and have toured internationally. Between 2012 and 2013, Régis directed, with the support of the European Union, a project called Migrants, in which he organized large-scale artistic workshops throughout Haiti with international creators. From 2012 to 2014, Régis was the director of Drama at the National Arts School of Haiti. As the leader of Association Quatre Chemins, Régis aims to renew and develop the Haitian living arts sector through an annual theater festival, artistic residency programs for drama outside the boundaries of Port-au-Prince, and programs focused on children and students’ access to drama throughout Haiti.

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota is the artistic director of Théâtre de la Ville in Paris since 2008—and he became the director of the legendary Festival d’Automne in Paris in 2011. He is the son of Portuguese actress Teresa Mota and French director and playwright Richard Demarcy.

Demarcy-Mota‘s recent Théâtre de la Ville productions include Alice and other wonders by Carroll/Melquiot and Miller’s The Crucible. Demarcy-Mota‘s stagings of Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author,and Camus’s State of Siege were all presented at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. In 2021 Demarcy-Mota will stage Killing Game by Ionesco, a play—like Camus ‘s State of Siege—about an epidemic.

At Théâtre de la Ville Demarcy-Mota created the International Danse Elargie competition; the Parcours Enfance et Jeunesse festival for young audienceand the Chantiers d'Europe festival dedicated to young European theatre artists with the goal "to implement a Europe of artists, an alternative to endless economic approaches". Since 2019 Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota brings together artists and scientists in his 18- XXI Gateway Project​

The French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy has written more than twenty books and hundreds of texts or contributions to volumes, catalogues and journals. His philosophical scope is very broad: from On Kawara to Heidegger, from the sense of the world and the deconstruction of Christianity to the Jena romantics of the Schlegel brothers. He became famous with La communauté désoeuvrée (translated as The Inoperative Community in 1991), at once a work on the question of community and a comment on Bataille. He has also published books on Heidegger, Kant, Hegel and Descartes. One of the main themes in his work is the question of our being together in contemporary society. In Être singulier pluriel (translated as Being Singular Plural in 2000) Nancy deals with the question how we can still speak of a ‘we’ or of a plurality, without transforming this ‘we’ into a substantial and exclusive identity. What are the conditions to speak of a ‘we’ today?

Daniely Francisque, a French-caribbean actress, director and playwright, is one of the leading figures in contemporary theatre in Martinique. She is the co-artistic director of TRACK Company. Since 1994, Daniely has performed in around fifty theatrical, choreographic, musical plays, movies and tv shows. In 2018, she was awarded Best Actress in Toronto and Marseille for Torment of Love directed by Caroline Jules.

She directs and designs productions with strong visual, physical and emotional impact, questioning identity, intimacy, memory in post-colonial societies. Daniely Francisque was one of the playwrights of the Caribbean Theater Action Project at METSC in December 2019. Her play Cyclones, performed in Caribbean islands, France, Miami, Congo, has recently been published by Lansman Éditeur. Cyclones (Hurricanes) as well as Ladjables(She-Devil) have both been translated into English.

Frédérique Aït-Touati is a theatre director and historian, she explores the links between science, literature and politics. Fellow of the University of Oxford from 2007 to 2014, she is now a research fellow at the CNRS, member of the Center for Research on Arts and Language at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. Her books include Fictions of the Cosmos (2011), Contes de la Lune (2011), Le Monde en images (2015), and Terra Forma (2019). Her theatre work deals with ecological issues (Gaïa Global Circus, Le Théâtre des Négociations, INSIDE, Moving Earths) within her company Zone Critique and has been presented in Nanterre-Amandiers, théâtre de l’Odéon, Centre Pompidou,  Kaaitheater de Bruxelles, as well as New York (The Kitchen, The Signature Theatre), Berlin (HAU, Berliner Festspiele) or Taipei. More on the site of Zone Critique

Born in 1970, Philippe Quesne received his education in Visual Arts. For 10 years he designed sets for theater, operas and exhibitions. In 2003, he created the Vivarium Studio Company, and directed his first show, La Démangeaison des ailes, based on the acts of taking off and falling down.

Philippe Quesne hunts the marvelous, the tiny, and pushes to the extreme experiences of our daily lives as well as the relationship between mankind and nature. His shows, such as La Démangeaison des ailes (2003), Des expériences (2004), D'après nature (2006), L'Effet de Serge (2007), La Mélancolie des dragons (2008), Big Bang (2010), Swamp Club (2013), Next Day (2014), compose a repertory that tours all over the world. In addition to his work for the theater, he creates performances and interventions in public spaces or natural sites, and displays his installations in the context of exhibitions.

Since January 2014, he is the co-director of Nanterre-Amandiers, National Dramatic Center. In 2016, he created Caspar Western Friedrich at Kammerspiele in Munich and Welcome to Caveland! at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. In 2018/2019, he created Crash Park, la vie d'une Île at TNB in Rennes, and in Nanterre-Amandiers and Farm fatale at Kammerspiele in Munich. For the first time, he directed and created the set design of an opera, Usher adapted from Edgar Poe, music by Claude Debussy and Annelies Van Parys in 2018 at Staatsoper Unter den Linden. In 2019, he was the artistic director for the Prague Quadrennial where he was rewarded the prize for the best pavilion.

In 2020, he will create the set design for choreographer Meg Stuart’s new creation, Cascade and in 2021 a scenic version of Gustav Maher’s symphony Das Lied von der Erde at the Wiener Festochen (Austria) as well as a new show in Theater Basel.

Jacques Rancière was born in Algiers in 1940 and studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he participated in French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser’s seminar reading Marx’s Capital in the mid-1960s. Rancière then taught in the Philosophy Department of the experimental Vincennes campus of the University of Paris and its successor institution, Paris 8. His work is rooted in a radically egalitarian critique of Althusser and other leading theorists of the French left, in particular philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and inspired by his singular encounter with the archives of the nineteenth-century French workers’ movement. Since his first publication in 1965 he has ranged widely across philosophy, politics, history, historiography, pedagogy, literary studies, film studies and aesthetics. It is for his work on politics (his account of radical equality and his anti-foundationalist, anti-consensualist and anti-institutional critique of political theory) and aesthetics (his reformulation of Modernism as ‘the aesthetic regime of art’) and for writing which moves back and forward between these two domains that he is best known today. Rancière is sometimes described as a post-Marxist philosopher and his work likened to that of his contemporaries on the French theoretical left, Alain Badiou and Étienne Balibar.

Frank Hentschker spoke with many others artists and directors, among them: Thomas Ostermeier (Germany); Peter Sellars (USA); Oskar Eustis & Tony Torn (USA); Milo Rau (Switzerland); Ismail Mahomed (South Africa), Guillermo Calderón (Chile), and recently Tiago Rodrigues.

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