Seuls en Scène 2018 presents Portrait de Ludmilla en Nina Simone

Fri, Sep 21, 2018, 9:00 pm to Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

FRI SEP 21, 2018 · 9:00 pm & SUN SEP 23, 2018 · 6:00 pm | CLASS OF 1970 THEATER, WHITMAN COLLEGE | DURATION: 90 MIN

Portrait de Ludmilla en Nina SimonePhoto for Ludmilla

Nina Simone, one of the formidable artistic figures of the civil rights movement, was born to a poor black family in Northern Carolina and had dreams of becoming a great classical pianist. Citing racism as the barrier to realizing this dream, she instead became a singer earning the moniker “High Priestess of Soul.”

In conjunction with the production Harlem Quartet, the National Dramatic Center Comédie de Caen asked playwright and musician David Lescot to stage a portrait of the American singer. In the form of a documentary with interviews, this intimate musical portrait showcases Lescot’s desire to create a whimsical form of exchange. He plays guitar accompanying Ludmilla Dabo on stage, an actress with a lifelong affinity for the jazz of Nina Simone.

*Ticket Information (Performed in French with English subtitles)

Sponsored by: Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, Department of French and Italian, Department of African-American Studies, Humanities Council, PIIRS, Program in African Studies, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, and Rockefeller College. Other sponsors include Jeune Théâtre National, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, and the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation.

Seuls en Scène 2018