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La Dame aux camélias

Arthur Nauzyciel, Národní divadlo Bretaň
Francouzský institut v Praze
Prague Crossroads Festival

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    October 2022

    Thursday 20. 10.

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    Prague Crossroads Festival

    Basic information


    Francouzský institut v Praze

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 50 minutes, no intermission


    In French, subtitles in English, Czech

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

    Tickets will be 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
    Lighting 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.

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      La Dame aux camélias
      the French Institute in Prague