Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 presents
by ARTHUR NAUZYCIEL
Country: United States | Running Time: 109 | Language: English | Year Of Release: 2020
About SPLENDID’S [ONLINE]
Splendid’s (2015) is a sensual and spectral work founded on an aesthetic research between theatre and cinema. The story centres on seven gangsters who, having kidnapped the daughter of an American billionaire, have barricaded themselves in the Splendid’s Hotel. Since the creation of Julius Caesar in the United States in 2008, Arthur Nauzyciel has been working with the same team of American actors, joined for Splendid’s by Xavier Gallais and Jeanne Moreau.
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“During the 2018 TNB Festival, Arthur Nauzyciel decided to present the Rennes audience with his piece Splendid’s (2015), a sensual and spectral work founded on an aesthetic research between theatre and cinema.
The story centres on seven gangsters who, having kidnapped the daughter of an American billionaire, have barricaded themselves in the Splendid’s Hotel. Since the creation of Julius Caesar in the United States in 2008, Arthur Nauzyciel has been working with the same team of American actors, joined for Splendid’s by Xavier Gallais and Jeanne Moreau. In March 2020, however, the borders were closed.
For a long time the government quarantine made it impossible for artists and their work to tour. Hard hit by the consequences of the shutdown in the United States, and with few prospects to work, the original cast of Splendid’s made the connection between their predicament and the play’s scenario: confinement, an exterior threat, solitude. In order to escape their oppressive reality, the actors – like the gangsters who need to invent another life for themselves to bear all the isolation and waiting – decided to retell Genet’s text using a video conferencing platform. Over the next two months they worked with Arthur Nauzyciel to adapt the performance to this new digital approach.
From their own homes, eight actors spread between the United States and France overcome distance and separation once again, reuniting to perform this sensitive work that bears an intimate resonance for each of them. The experience is at once virtual and deeply human.” – ARTHUR NAUZYCIEL
ILJA FONTAINE / PANTHEA
Thanks to artistic collaborators
TEAM OF TNB
Photographs and film around creation
ISMAÏL IBN CONNER
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About ARTHUR NAUZYCIEL
Arthur Nauzyciel is an actor and stage director. He studied visual arts and cinema before training at the Théâtre National de Chaillot (1987). At the head of the CDN of Orleans (France) from 2007 to 2016, he takes the direction of the TNB (France) from 2017.
In the United States, but also in Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia and Korea, he staged works by authors such as B.-M. Koltès, Mike Leigh, Jean Genet, Marie Darrieussecq or Kim Young-ha, but also Beckett, Shakespeare or Fassbinder.
About The Festival
The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.
Watch SPLENDID’S [ONLINE] from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.
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