Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "Mailles" by Dorothée Munyaneza

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Mailles by Dorothée Munyaneza

Mailles (Mesh) is a show that celebrates women. Whether they are artists or intellectuals, the subjects of this show hail from the four corners of the Earth and are Black, African or Afro-descendant. And committed. Dorothée Munyaneza’s various encounters with these women go back in time and their ongoing dialogues have been a rich source of intimate details, shared readings and sensations. She unites them onstage in order for their different paths to be heard, as well as the violence of their life stories and history itself. In doing so, she enables audiences to share in the combat that these women have been waging in spaces where they often face rejection.

The piece is a celebration of female might, a driving force in art as much as in life. Their memories, peopled with elements of the past, are in conversation with present-day accounts to angry effect, the threads of a single piece of cloth. In this symphony for six voices, Dorothée Munyaneza seeks to weave the fabric of these stories in collaboration with the designer and visual artist Stéphanie Coudert. The costume and the material itself thus become the through-line for what happens onstage, thereby raising questions about female and bodily freedom.

This is Dorothée Munyaneza’s second appearance at Seuls en Scène. In 2017, she presented Unwanted.

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This Event is Open to the Princeton University Community Only (Students, Faculty, and Staff). Masks are required in the theater.

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Sponsorship

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, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, and the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation.

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