Sylvaine Guyot (US/France)

MAY 13, 2020 | 6:30 PM TO 9:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center


May 13, 2020: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM




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.