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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2015: Valère Novarina – The Animal of Time

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May 4, 2015
May 4, 2015
Segal Theatre

Photo by Gaia Squarci

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2015. As part of the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the Segal Center will showcase play readings by nine of the world’s most respected dramatists Afghanistan, Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. Selected readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Monday, May 4

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Animal of Time
Written by Valère Novarina (France) & Translated by Amin Erfani
Directed by Valéry Warnotte
7:30pm | Segal Theatre

The Animal of Time is a performance of the English translation of Valère Novarina’s L’Animal du temps, a theatrical adaptation of Le Discours aux animaux. In this musical performance, the protagonist speaks to animals—that is to say the audience—while taking them on a journey into the depth of language, one that reinvents itself every time the actor opens his mouth. He takes the audience into moments of inner darkness where speech and language are experienced through cataclysms of sounds and rhythms as though they were heard for the very first time. This theatrical performance features actor Chris Kayser, director Valéry Warnotte, musicians Frédéric Lamarre and Adrien Tronquart, and technician Rafaël Georges. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Valère Novarina.


ValereValère Novarina is the best-known and most influential avant-garde dramatist working in France today. He is the author of over 20 plays, including Le drame de la vie (The Drama of Life, 1984), La chair de l’homme (Man’s Flesh, 1995), L’origine rouge (The Crimson Origine, 2000), l’acte inconnu (The Unknown Act, 2006). He is also a theorist of the stage and has produced a number of books devoted to stage aesthetics, the need for a different kind of actor training and the relationship of theater to other arts. He has received many awards and his play, L’acte inconnu was commissioned as the featured play of the 2006 Avignon Theater festival.


The 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature, “On Africa,” New York City, May 4-10, 2015. More than 100 Writers from 30 countries celebrate the transformative power of the written word. This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora. www.penworldvoices.org


The PEN World Voices: International Play Festival was conceived, created, and curated by Frank Hentschker in 2005.
2015 Festival produced by Christine Scarfuto (New York) in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.


*If you are interested in helping with PEN World Voices, please contact Yu Chien Liu at yliu6@gc.cuny.edu.