O Silêncio e o Medo

byDavid Geselson (França)
28 feb 2021

thu to sat, 7 PM

text and stage direction David Geselson
codirection and interpretation Dee Beasnael, Elios Noël, Laure Mathis, Kim Sullivan
scenography Lisa Navarro
light Jérémie Papin
video projection Jérémie Scheidler
sound design Loïc Le Roux
costumes Benjamin Moreau
translation Nicholas Elliott, Jennifer Gay
scene direction (creation) Sylvain Tardy
scenario construction atelier of ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie
stage assistant Shady Nafar
lighting assistant Marine Le Vey
scenography assistant Margaux Nessi
video projection assistant Marina Masquelier
executive production Noura Sairour
press office and communication AlterMachine I Carole Willemot
press office Irène Gordon-Brassart
production Compagnie Lieux-Dits
coproduction Théâtre de Lorient, centre dramatique national, Le Canal – Théâtre du Pays de Redon, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes, ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Théâtre d’Arles, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national – art et création, Théâtre de la Bastille, Espaces Pluriels, Scène conventionnée danse – Pau, L’empreinte scène nationale Brive/Tulle, Théâtre Le Rayon Vert, Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national – art en territoire de Saint-Valéry-en-Caux, Le Gallia Théâtre, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national – art et création de Saintes, La Comédie – Centre Dramatique National de Reims, Théâtre des Quatre saisons, Gradignan, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée d’Intérêt national – Art et création pour la diversité linguistique em cooperação com PANTHEA, La Rose des Vents, Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq, CDN Besançon Franche-Comté, Théâtre de Saint – Quentin-en-Yvelines Scène nationale, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
support Ministère de la Culture, Région Île-de-France, Institut français no quadro do programa Théâtre Export, Théâtre Ouvert – Centre national des Dramaturgies Contemporaines, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve Lez Avignon – centre national des écritures du spectacle, Spedidam, serviços culturais da Embaixada de França nos Estados Unidos da América, FACE Foundation Contemporary Theater, Harlem Stage, Théâtre de l’Aquarium

Performance premiered on January 14, 2019 at the Théâtre de Lorien.
The scars of history in a person’s life: Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s 70-year life was filled with drama and ended in almost total solitude in France in 2003. The great-great-granddaughter of an Amerindian married to an African-American slave, Nina Simone inherited part of the history of the USA and also carried four centuries of colonial history within her. David Geselson returns to D. Maria II with O Silêncio e o Medo and a team made up of African-American and French performers who will breathe life into a fiction inspired on a History, with a capital H, that Nina Simone knew. Visions of those that accompanied her throughout her life as well as their ghosts are evoked.

Like the diverse facets of a stone that can never be seen fully from one angle, this performance may well transcend all the fears and silences of History and provide a space we can all share and in which we can see and acknowledge one another as well as ourselves individually. Telling the story of Nina Simone’s private life is an attempt to perceive some of the scars and struggles of History through the life of just one person.

Performed in French and English with Portuguese surtitles.
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