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Caribbean Theatre Project Day 2

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Start:
Dec 3, 2019
End:
Dec 3, 2019
Venue:
Segal Theatre
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Gaël Octavia, photo by Francesca Mantovani / Gallimard.
Guy Régis Junior, photo by Valerie Baeriswyl.
Daniely Francisque photo by Valérie Schaepelynck.

Caribbean Theatre Project
ACT (Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales)

Tuesday, December 3
Segal Theatre
2:00pm Discussion + 4:00pm, 6:00pm+ 8:00pm Readings 

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales (ACT) provides a cultural dialogue between the United States and the Francophone Caribbean. Through six contemporary plays by emerging or established Caribbean writers from Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe, ACT aims to raise awareness and recognition of Francophone
Caribbean Theatre using English language translations, publications, and stage readings. By exploring passion, desire, and the collective experience of trauma and loss after natural disaster; by denouncing social, racial, and gender violence; and by staging real drama life and leading crime investigation, Caribbean dramatists tells us the stories and history of Caribbean people. Engaged in a creative and innovative mixing of languages (French and Creole), they put forward a politically engaged theatre while renewing drama aesthetics.

2:00pm Roundtable: Caribbean Theatre on the International Stage

4:00pm Family / Une vie familiale
Written by Gaël Octavia  (Martinique)
Translated by Katharine Woff
Directed by Lucie Thiberghien
A father hides his homosexuality from his family and tries to escape a stifling and suffocating family. The alcoholic stay-at-home mother is jealous of the relationships her husband has with her children. In this average dysfunctional family, everyone struggles playing the social games they are expected to play. The lies, secrets, and silences ultimately blow up the constraining social conventions they lived with before.

6:00pm And the Whole World Quakes: The Great Collapse / De toute la terre le grand effarement
Written by Guy Régis Junior (Haiti)
Translated by Judith Miller
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Two women, survivors of a catastrophe, stand on a hill overlooking a destroyed city. The Youngest and the Oldest look upon the desolated landscape and hear the lamentations, prayers, and songs of the survivors.

8:00pm She-Devil / Ladjables
Written by Daniely Francisque (Martinique)
Translated by Danielle Carlotti-Smith
Directed by TBA
During a night of the Carnival Martinique, a female masked dancer meets an arrogant man who tries to seduce her. Drunken by desire, the heartless man does not realize that the predator is slowly becoming the prey of the bewitching dancer.


Plays have been selected by a distinguished advisory board:
Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken (The Graduate Center, CUNY),
Nicole Birmann Bloom (Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York),
Stéphanie Bérard (specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles)
Maria Brewer (University of Minnesota), Heather Denyer (Graduate Center, CUNY),
Amin Erfani (Lehman College, CUNY), Christian Flaugh (Buffalo University),
Amaya Lainez Le Déan (translator and director, Buenos Aires).
Dramaturgy by Candace Thompson-Zachery.

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is initiated and coordinated by Stéphanie Bérard, specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles, in close collaboration with Frank Hentschker from the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY-The Graduate Center, Nicole Birmann Bloom from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and with Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe.

Stéphanie Bérard (Ph.D. University of Minnesota/Université de Provence) is a specialist of Francophone Caribbean and African theater and has taught in the US, Canada, and France. Her research sits at the crossroads of Postcolonial and Theater Studies, exploring the history of oral tradition, rituals, Caribbean drama, Creole and French, and drum music and dance. She is the author of Théâtres des Antilles: traditions et scènes contemporaines (2009) and Le Théâtre-Monde de José Pliya (2015) and she co-edited Emergences Caraïbes: une création théâtrale archipélique in Africultures (2010). She was awarded an NEH Fellowship for her project on Haitian drama, and a Marie Curie European Fellowship for FACT (Francophone African and Caribbean Theaters).

Founded in 2002 by Gilbert Laumord in Guadeloupe, SIYAJ is a government subsidized theater company supported by the French Ministry of Culture. SIYAJ asserts a Caribbean identity anchored in popular traditions inherited from Africa (drum rituals, oral tradition, Creole) and favors interdisciplinary aesthetic forms (music, dance, drama). Promoting intercultural collaborations (Cuba, Haiti, and South Korea), Siyaj has produced 10 plays performed in the Caribbean, metropolitan France, Asia, and the US.

 

 

 

The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, 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 private donors.
The translations of Adoration by Jean-René Lemoine and And the Whole World Quakes (The Great Collapse) by Guy Régis Junior are supported by the CONTXTO network.

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