Seuls en Scène

Seuls en Scène: 2020 Poster

Seuls en Scène brings celebrated French actors and directors, as well as promising early-career artists, to Princeton University and the local community to present their work, introducing American audiences to dynamic and engaging French productions. This year, due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering a virtual edition of the festival in collaboration with the 50th Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris.

For the 10th edition of the annual Seuls en Scène, join us for a full weekend of HD screenings of recent works by renowned French artists including Dorothée Munyaneza, Tania de Montaigne, Marion Siéfert, David Geselson, Gisèle Vienne, and Pascal Rambert, among others.


Seuls en Scène 2021

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Past Festival Performances

Seuls en Scène 2020

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "Trois annonciations" by Pascal Rambert

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "Crowd" by Giséle Vienne

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "La Cerisaie" by Anton Chekhov

Sat, Sep 18, 2021, 8:00 pm  
Directed by: Tiago Rodrigues

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "Silence and Fear" by David Geselson

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "_jeanne_dark_" by Marion Siéfert

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "Noire" by Tania de Montaigne

Seuls en Scène 2021 presents "Mailles" by Dorothée Munyaneza

Seuls en Scène 2020: Rémi

Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 5:00 pm  
In his first production aimed at audiences young and old, Jonathan Capdevielle tackles Hector Malot’s Sans famille, a vibrant classic of French literature. Based on this rite of passage novel, the show recounts the uplifting events in the life of Rémi, an orphan sold to a warm-hearted artist. Little by little, the sound in this immersive...

Seuls en Scène 2020: Rituels 1, 2, 3 & 4

Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 5:00 pm  
Using archive material and documentary inquiry as her starting point, Émilie Rousset’s & Louise Hémon’s performative research projects explore the theatrical potential present in the gap between original document and its representation. Three short films and one show bear witness to this work, of which humor is an essential component.

Seuls en Scène 2020: La dispute

Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 5:00 pm  
Far from any Marivaux-like literary flourishes, this production brings us words spoken in a direct, unflinching way on the subject of the marital dispute, the premonition of the break-up. Given that they are the ones best placed to talk about it – though rarely listened to – the director Mohamed El Khatib invites children of parents who have split...

Seuls en Scène 2020 presents Fragments Racine

Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 2:00 pm  

Exclusively for Seuls en Scène 2020, French theater artists

Seuls en Scène 2020 presents Pistes

Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 5:00 pm  

Franco-Senegalese playwright and dramaturg


2019 Performances

Monday, May 20, 2019

Poster for Seuls en Scène: 2019Celebrated French theater artists converge onstage at Princeton University - 8th Edition of the Festival

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the eighth annual Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, which will take place from September 19 to 28 at venues across the University’s campus. Most performances will be in French, and several will include English subtitles; all are free and open to the public.  Please visit the festival website.

All events in the French Theater Festival (except Laure Adler In Conversation with Julien Gosselin + Pascal Rambert) require tickets. Tickets for all performances are free; donations accepted. Reserve tickets online through University Ticketing, in person at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office, or by calling 609-258-9220.
Seuls en Scène ushers in the 19th season of L’Avant-Scène, a French theater troupe of Princeton students. It also celebrates professional theatrical achievements from the past year: many of the invited artists to Seuls en Scène are prominent contributors to contemporary theater in France. The Festival is curated and organized by Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and artistic director of L’Avant-Scène.

Poster for Seuls en Scène: Le Désordre du DiscoursTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019; 8:00 PM | MCCOSH 10
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019; 6:00PM | MCCOSH 10
Désordre du Discours by Fanny de Chaillé
On December 2, 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-enactment of Foucault’s words is to set his thoughts in motion once again.

FRIImage for: Seuls en Scène: Le Marteau et la faucilleDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019; 8:00 PM | WALLACE THEATER - LEWIS CENTER 
Le marteau et la faucille by Don DeLillo / Julien Gosselin / Cie Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur
After Houellebecq and Bolaño, the director Julien Gosselin continues his scenic exploration of the literature of today and violence in our societies. Based on a short story by the American writer Don DeLillo, this latest production presents the dystopian world of high finance.


Photo of Laure Adler and Pascal RambertSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019; 11:00 AM | JULIS RABINOWITZ 399
Laure Adler In Conversation with Julien Gosselin + Pascal Rambert
A conversation (in French) between Julien Gosselin and Pascal Rambert with Laure Adler, a French journalist, essayist, historian, radio producer, former director of France Culture, and author of Marguerite Duras; Dans les pas de Hannah Arendt; and L’Insoumise: Simone Weil. 


Poster for: Seuls en Scène: Qui a tué mon pèreSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019; 2:00 PM | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO
Qui a tué mon père by Edouard Louis, directed by Stanislas Nordey
In the manner Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux and Didier Eribon, Edouard Louis writes from his personal experience. His two almost biographical novels: The End of Eddy (2014) and History of Violence (2016), have moved many of his readers. For this play, he responded to the invitation of stage director and performer Stanislas Nordey, to write a text to be spoken and to be read, a work for the theater.


Poster for Avignon la vieSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019; 5:00 PM | HEARST DANCE THEATER - LEWIS CENTER
Avignon à vie by Pascal Rambert
Avignon for Life, the title rings out like a declaration of love and it is one. That of the author and director Pascal Rambert made in Avignon and at its Festival. “I wrote this text on trains, at airports, in stations, on planes. When you can finally be quiet. [...] And daydream a little. Dreaming a little about what you love. Here, Avignon and its Festival. I don't know why I wanted to write a kind of love letter to Avignon and its Festival. Probably because the conditions of beauty and sorrow of the human condition, which are represented, are held for three weeks in this place.” It is Stanislas Nordey who will lend his voice to this luminous ode to the theatre.


Poster for: Blablabla by Joris LacosteWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019; 5:00 PM | WALLACE THEATER - LEWIS CENTER
Blablabla by Joris Lacoste
With Blablabla, Joris Lacoste and Emmanuelle Lafon orchestrate, for the first time, a children’s version of their Encyclopédie de la parole. In this piece, devised using recordings of all different kinds, an actress-singer-performer explores how children hear. Thus, the question is not what is their point of view, but what is their “point of hearing?” This show is designed for adult and child audiences alike.


Poster for: "La loi des prodiges" by François de BrauerTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019; 8:00 PM | MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO
La loi des prodiges by François de Brauer directed Louis Arène
In this enthralling one-man show, François de Brauer creates twenty captivating characters using minimal props and costumes. We follow the story of Remi Goutard, who from his birth, develops a hatred for the arts and holds a persistent grudge against artists and performers. When appointed as a Congressman at the National Assembly, he strives to get rid of all cultural events, and artists who wish to reintegrate into society. 

Image for radio-liveSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019; 2:00 PM | WALLACE THEATER
Radio Live by Aurélie Charon and Caroline Gillet
Since 2012, radio journalists and producers Aurélie Charon and Caroline Gillet have explored innovative documentary formats; their voices already well known to listeners of France Inter and France Culture, this duo, together with illustrator Amélie Bonnin, have developed a live program on stage accompanied by music, archives, and real-life exchanges.