Seuls en Scène 2021 presents Silence and Fear
September 18, 2021 · 5:00 pm—7:00 pm · Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts Complex
Lewis Center for the Arts
This production is about the life of Nina Simone — pianist, singer, and militant advocate for civil rights. It is a sublime and tragic journey, an epic of 70 years, ending in almost complete solitude in France in 2003. Great-great-granddaughter of an Amerindian and an African-American enslaved person, she is heir to four centuries of American colonial history.
Working with a team of African-American and French performers for two years, David Geselson tackles the gruesome conquest of the New World by European colonizers, focusing in particular on the history of African-Americans. Through the fate of Nina Simone, Silence and Fear questions our contemporary Western heritage. Written and performed in English and French, the show is a testament to the meeting of two worlds and two legacies, French-European and African-American.
The screening of this filmed performance is free and open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Advance registration is required.
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