Arthur Nauzyciel

Jan Karski
Sat–Sun, Sept 17–18
972, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Arthur Nauzyciel was born in Paris in 1967. After studying visual arts and film, he enrolled at the school of the Théâtre National de Chaillot, then headed by Antoine Vitez. As an actor, he worked with Eric Vigner, Alain Françon, Jacques Nichet, and Tsai Ming Liang. He directed his first production, Le Malade imaginaire ou le silence de Molière, after Molière and Giovanni Macchia, at CDDB – Théâtre de Lorient in 1999. The production was reprised widely in France and abroad. In 2003, Nauzyciel directed Happy Days, starring Argentinean actress Marilù Marini, which was performed in France and reprised in Buenos Aires. In 2004, he directed Place des Héros (Heldenplatz), marking playwright Thomas Bernhard’s introduction into repertory of the Comédie-Française. For the 2006 Centenary Beckett Festival, he premiered Samuel Beckett’s The Image in Dublin, reprised regularly since then (in Iceland in 2007, at the Les Grandes Traversées Dance Festival in France in 2007, as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival in New York in 2008, in Orléans, and at the Etrange Cargo Festival in Paris in 2011). In 2008, Nauzyciel premiered Kaj Munk’s Ordet (The Word) at the Avignon Festival at the Cloître des Carmes, which was reprised at the CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre and the 2009 Autumn Festival in Paris.

He has frequently worked in the United States, where he directed Bernard-Marie Koltès’ Black Battles With Dogs (Combat de nègre et de chiens) (2001) and Roberto Zucco in Atlanta, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party (2007) and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (2008) in Boston for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Julius Caesar was reprised for the opening of the season of the CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre in 2009 and for the Autumn Festival in Paris the same year, and toured in France in 2010 and 2011. Nauzyciel premiered Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Musée de La Mer (The Sea Museum) at the national Theatre of Iceland in Reykjavik in 2009, reprised for the CDN and on tour in February 2011. He was invited by Franco Quadri to direct a project with young European actors within L’Ecole des Maîtres: he staged A Doll’s House by Ibsen, performed in Liège, Reims, Rome and Lisbon in the fall of 2009.

Arthur Nauzyciel created Jan Karski (My Name is a Fiction), based on Yannick Haenel’s novel for the opening of the Festival d'Avignon 2011. He has also been a Villa Medicis Hors-les-Murs scholar. He has been the director of the Centre Dramatique National Orléans/Loiret/Centre since 2007.

Within the Crossing the Line Festival, Arthur Nauzyciel presented The Image by Beckett, co-created with choreographer Damien Jalet and starring Lou Doillon in 2008. He also directed a reading of Hetero by Denis Lachaud in 2010:  this site-specific performance, presented along with The Sea Museum (Le Musée de la mer) by Marie Darrieussecq, and directed by Daniel Pettrow, kicked off a new partnership between Crossing the Line and the Centre Dramatique National (CDN) in Orléans. This collaboration creates a new platform to present vibrant contemporary French writing in New York. Last year, the first plays by renowned CDN associated writers Denis Lachaud and Marie Darrieussecq had been featured. This year, it is the work of Yannick Haenel.

 

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