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La Dame aux Camélias

Arthur Nauzyciel, Théâtre National de Bretagne

Screening of a theatre performance

The French Institute in Prague
Prague Crossroads Festival

Basic information


The French Institute in Prague

Approximate running time

2 hours 50 minutes, no intermission


In French, surtitles in English, Czech

The screening will take place at Kino 35 at the French Institute in Prague. 

Tickets are now available at

A discussion with Arthur Nauzyciel will take place after the screening; in English without interpreting.


Stage director
Arthur Nauzyciel
Assistant stage director
Julien Derivaz
Light design
Scott Zielinski
Image direction and editing
Pierre-Alain Giraud
Sound design
Xavier Jacquot
Costume design
José Lévy
Damien Jalet
Philippe Chancel
Sets assistant
Claire Deliso
Assistant stage director
Aliocha Allard
Costume Assistant
Marion Regnier
Stage manager
Tugdual Trémel


It is the story of a love drama, that of a young bourgeois, Armand Duval, captivated by the beauty of Marguerite Gautier, a courtesan. It is a story haunted by what was, what might have been.

In this ambiguous space between truth and lies, reality and illusion, Arthur Nauzyciel wanted to stage La Dame aux Camélias without pathos, even with harshness, to bring out dimensions that are sometimes hidden: the place of money in the relationships of oppression and submission between men and women; the trivial dimension of the dialogue behind a flowery and romantic language; how a social class, the bourgeoisie of the time (the Second Empire), conceived this infernal machine for its own entertainment, the commodification of the body and at the same time its moralization.

In this work, we find Dumas fils, with his family novel, alternately defender of lost girls and defender of the dissolution of morals. Through the sensual and poetic force of his stage writing, Arthur Nauzyciel thus opens up spaces to give voice to the absent, body to the disappeared.

Official photos: Philippe Chancel

Production (performance): Théâtre National de Bretagne
Coproduction: Les Gémeaux – Scène nationale de Sceaux, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Comédie de Reims, Le Parvis scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées
Coproduction (movie): Elzévir Films, Théâtre National de Bretagne
Director: Corentin Leconte
Acknowledgements: The statue presented on the stage is inspired by Herman Makkink’s Rocking Machine with kind permission of Julia Blackburn.

The screening is presented in cooperation with the French Institute in Prague.

Photo and video gallery


    La Dame aux Camélias
    the French Institute in Prague