POSTPONED: Sylvaine Guyot On Racine: Why Theatre Matters (US/France)

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May 13 @ 6:30 pm
Segal Theater
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Wednesday, May 13
Segal Theatre
On Racine: Why Theatre Matters
Body, Power, The Political & Tragedy
6:30pm Lecture-Performance

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served


On Racine, Sylvaine Guyot Lecture Performance. Photo Courtesy of Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France.


Join us for an evening with French researcher and theatre artist Sylvaine Guyot to examine the resonance of Jean Racine’s tragedies with his time and ours. Written in the age of absolutism Racine’s plays crystalize alternative, sometimes critical, narratives of power that reveal the political possibilities inherent in theatre. Guyot will interweave excerpt readings and historical commentary with visual and aural material—tracing and animating the figure of the king as it appears on the tragic stage.

Guyot’s lecture-performance serves as a political laboratory, examining the role of theatre and staged bodies in relation—and tension—with state power. The lecture-performance was first presented in 2019 at the Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes, France, commissioned by Patrick Boucheron.

Sylvaine Guyot is Professor of French Literature at Harvard University, where she is the founding director of theatre company La Troupe and the Chair for Theater, Dance & Media. Guyot has directed plays by Corneille, Racine, Ionesco, Camus, Heiner Müller, Jean-Luc Lagarce, and Wajdi Mouawad in France and the United States. Her research focuses on early modern theatre and performance practices, with particular emphasis on the representation of the body, the history of affects, the notion of the tragic, the politics of theatricality, as well as the intersection of critical thinking and creative practice. Among other titles, she is the author of Racine et le corps tragique and the co-editor of Racine’s Théâtre

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