Jeanne Balibar

Les Historiennes

MC93 – Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis
octoberoct 13

3h45 with intermission

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MC93 – Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis

Sunday october 13


Staging and performance Jeanne Balibar. Assistant Andrea Mogilewsky. Costume Glen Mban. Text Charlotte de Castelnau-L’Estoile, Anne-Emmanuelle Demartini, Emmanuelle Loyer. Stage manager Martine Staerk. Production Elizabeth Gay.

Production Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
With the technical, administrative, production, audience development and communications teams at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
First version created on 13 October 2018 - French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York Florence Gould Hall Theatre, New York, as part of the Crossing the Line Festival

Audiovisual extracts quoted
William Klein, Mr. Freedom, 1969 – Guy Belfond, Christian Thivat, Michel Zemer – Films du Rond-Point, O.P.E.RA.
Alain Resnais, L’année dernière à Marienbad (teaser), 1961 – Anatole Dauman, Pierre Courau, Raymond Froment – Cineriz, Cormoran Films, Silver Films, Argos Films, Cinétel, Terra Film
Marguerite Duras, Baxter, Vera Baxter, 1977 – Stéphane Tchalgadjieff, Danièle Gégauff, Stella Quef – Sunchild Productions, Ina
François Truffaut, Baisers Volés, 1968 – François Truffaut, Marcel Berbert – Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associés 
Jacques Demy, Peau d’âne, 1970 – Mag Bodard – Marianne Productions Conversation Varda/Seyrig, 1972 – Les archives de la RTS 
Chantal Akerman, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, 1976 – Paul Vecchiali, Liliane de Kermadec, Alain Dahan, Guy Cavagnac, Corinne Jénart, Evelyne  Paul – Paradise Films, Unité Trois, Ministère de la Culture Française de Belgique

Acknowledgements Forte forte, None of My Business, ASICS, Catherine Miran & Radical Pr, Le comité de la Fondation Chantal Akerman, Studio Canal, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Three women return from the past thanks to three female contemporary historians who bring them back to life via three separate accounts. Here, the actress Jeanne Balibar uses them as the basis for a staged reading. Four women from today’s world take a particularly eloquent and incisive look at three emblematic female destinies.

Time has still not erased neither the memory of the Portuguese slave Pascoa put on trial in the year 1700 for bigamy, nor Violette Nozière, a victim of incest condemned to death in 1934 before receiving a full pardon 1963, nor the incomparable actress Delphine Seyrig, Marguerite Duras’s muse and militant activist involved in the feminist struggle during the 1970’s… In this production, three women with their feet firmly rooted in the history of the times they lived in and three unique destinies are brought to the stage. The latter, on a par with the historical study, have the power to make the dead come back to life by bringing them closer to us.
Whilst taking heed of each author’s particular style, Jeanne Balibar, gives voice to these struggles from the past. She transforms them into literature, at its purest, seizing upon the words in order to turn them into the stuff of theatre. Audiences are given an insight into three different paths in life, each of which speaks volumes to us about struggle and freedom. Three historians and an actress involve us fully in this unique and captivating experience, and enable us to hear, in a free and unforced way, much about the feminine condition.

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