Seuls en Scène 2016 presents

Every fall since 2012, the theater festival Seuls en Scène brings celebrated French actors and directors to Princeton for a series of performances, workshops, and conversations in different venues on campus.

Please join us for the 2016 edition of Seul en Scène.


THU SEP 22, 2016 - FRI SEP 23, 2016 · 8:00 pm | FRICK CHEMISTRY BUILDING / ATRIUM | DURATION: 75 MINPhoto from Dans la Solitude des Champs de Coton

Dans la Solitude des Champs de Coton (In the Loneliness of the Cotton Fields)
Bernard-Marie Koltès

In an undefined and timeless place, a dealer and her client meet. The two protagonists assess one another before launching into a quarrel of words, full of poetry. The characters, played this time by two women, start a troubling relationship.
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SAT SEP 24, 2016 · 8:00 pm | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO / 185 NASSAU STREET | DURATION: 100 MINPhoto from Clôture de l’amour

Clôture de l’amour (Closing of Love)
Pascal Rambert

In a large room, a woman and a man are talking. They bring up their separation. Her name is Audrey Bonnet. His is Pascal Rambert. This show was written for them and for no one else. To the question: “Who do we love when we love?” the author and director Pascal Rambert does not provide a pat answer. He circulates through all the possibilities. He does not reject the clichés that those who break up, who rewrite memories and embellish them, use at least once before destroying everything. (Subtitles in English)
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WED SEP 28 - THU SEP 29, 2016 · 8:00 pm | WHITMAN COLLEGE CLASS OF 1970 THEATER | DURATION: 60 MINPhoto of Mohamed El Khatib

Finir en Beauté (A Beautiful Ending)
Mohamed El Khatib

From interviews, emails, texts, administrative documents and other “real sources,” Mohamed El Khatib (re)constructs a delicate tale of mourning about the death of his mother alone on stage in a touching piece of work that achieves a certain timelessness. (Subtitles in English)

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FRI SEP 30 - SAT OCT 01, 2016 · 8:00pm | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO / 185 NASSAU STREET | DURATION: 80 MINPhoto from "Ceux Qui Restent"

Ceux Qui Restent (The Left Ones)
David Lescot

April 19, 2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, after which that Ghetto was destroyed.

Today in France, there are barely ten individuals still alive who had lived in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Paul Felenbok is one of these survivors. He was 7 years old in April 1943. His parents were captured by the German soldiers who had invaded Poland, and had occupied its western half since September 1939. (Note: Poland’s eastern half had also been invaded and occupied from September 1939, but by the Soviet Russians, who had collaborated with Germany to invade and subdue Poland.) The parents’ capture occurred during one of those many changes of hiding places, offered by Polish Christian families, at life-threatening risk to the Poles.

The Jews of Poland were forced to resort to hiding because the occupying Germans were constantly searching for Jews in order to send them to concentration and death camps. Sadly, Paul’s parents were murdered shortly after they were captured – but Paul was fortunately not with his parents when they were caught, and he continued to be hidden by the Poles.

Having survived WW2, and after having lived in a children’s home in Helenuwek, near Lodz, his elder brother managed to send him to France where he grew up in the homes of “Union des Juifs pour la Résistance et l’Ent’raide”. Paul eventually started a family, and took up a scientific career.
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TUE OCT 04, 2016 · 8:00pm | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO / 185 NASSAU STREET | DURATION: 80 MINPhoto from "Paroles de Soldats "

Paroles de Soldats (Soldiers’ Words)
Hubert le Roux & Antoine Sabbath

Paroles de Soldats reminds us of the enduring effects of war on the French soldiers engaged in international conflicts over the last thirty years in Iraq, Rwanda, Afghanistan and beyond. Five actors from the Jeune Théâtre National lend their voices to these accounts, sharing the fear and anguish these soldiers encountered when faced with brutal combat that left no one unscathed.

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WED OCT 05 - THU OCT 06, 2016 · 8:00pm | WHITMAN COLLEGE CLASS OF 1970 THEATER | DURATION: 60 MIN

Mouvement-Sur-Mouvement(Movement on Movement)
Noé Soulier

In this project, Noé Soulier physically reproduces sequences from Improvisation Technologies, in which William Forsythe presents different tools to generate and analyze movements. By using these tools as dance material, Noé Soulier gives them another status: what was an explanation of a dance becomes the dance itself. These explanatory gestures are associated with a reflection on the way movements are defined in various choreographic practices. Words and gestures interact to create correspondences, frictions and gaps.
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