Seuls en Scène: Désordre du Discours

Sep 19, 2019, 8:00 pmSep 20, 2019, 6:00 pm


Event Description



Poster for Seuls en Scène: Le Désordre du Discours

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER  19, 2019; 8:00 PM | McCOSH 10
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019; 6:00 PM | McCOSH 10

Michel Foucault / Fanny de Chaillé / Cie Association Display
Based on « The Order of Discourse » by Michel Foucault

On the 2nd December 1970, Michel Foucault gave his inaugural lecture at the Collège de France, the first lesson for which a rewriting subsists, entitled L’Ordre du discours. Fanny de Chaillé recreates the event and puts together a discursive performance destined for university amphitheaters. The effect of this re-enacting of Foucault’s words is to set his thoughts in motion once again.

But what is dangerous about people talking, and the fact that their various discourses proliferate indefinitely? What is the actual danger?” From his chair in the academy, Michel Foucault formulated a discourse on discourse and put forward a hypothesis: all societies set up structures which control, select, and redistribute the production of discourse. Right from the outset, the text, written to be spoken out loud, questions what it is, from the moment the philosopher bears witness to his fear of the act of discourse. Driven by the desire to stage this text that she has often read, and by that of a return to the realms of the university amphitheater, Fanny de Chaillé immerses the actor Guillaume Baillart in the fertile dialectic between language and its utterance. By seeking out the initial orality, which is by its very nature imaginary and disordered, she transposes the rhythmic Foucauldian prose into a precise gestural and vocal partition. The body becomes a support for the spoken word, the spoken word for language, and language for the thought, jubilant as it is to be set in motion. In the amphitheater, new spaces for saying and listening thus appear before us. If looking back at The Order of Discourse is a necessity, then it follows that its train of thought needs to be brought back to life, so that it continues to speak to us.

Estimated running time: 1h / In French with English subtitles

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Conceived by Fanny de Chaillé
Based on The Order of Discourse by Michel Foucault (© Éditions Gallimard)
With Guillaume Bailliart
Sound, Manuel Coursin
Stage Management, Jérémie Sananes
Production/Distribution, Isabelle Ellul 
Communication, Jeanne Dantin
A Display production // Ile de France tour produced by Festival d’Automne à Paris
A co-production by Malraux scène nationale Chambéry Savoie ; Bonlieu scène nationale Annecy ; Théâtre Saint-Gervais (Geneva) ; Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris

This project is supported by PEPS within the framework of the European program for cross-border cooperation Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020

With support from La Comédie de Clermont, scène nationale and CND Centre national de la danse

Désordre du discours is supported by FUSED (French US Exchange in Dance), a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, The French Ministry of Culture, and other private donors.

Thanks to Lucien Zayan, The Invisible Dog Art Center, FIAF, French Institute Alliance Française, André Scala, Antoine Muller, l’ENDROIT Chambéry, Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

First performed on March 12, 2019 at Malraux scène nationale Chambéry Savoie

Fanny de Chaillé is associate artist at Malraux scène nationale Chambéry Savoie and at CND Centre national de la danse (Lyon).

This show is presented in September 2019 at Princeton University (USA) as part of a partnership between Seuls en Scène – Princeton French Theater Festival and the Festival d’Automne à Paris. It will be presented in Paris on November 2019.

Presented by:

Lewis Center for the Arts
Department of French and Italian
Humanities Council
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Festival d’Automne à Paris
The Invisible Dog Art Center



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