The Tragedy of Dido
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:30pm
Post-performance Q&A with Juliette Deschamps
Mixing captivating video projection, live jazz music, and powerful storytelling, The Tragedy of Dido created by French videographer Juliette Deschamps paints an extraordinary portrait of Queen Dido, the legendary founder of Carthage.
Part of A Weekend Celebration of Tunisia, the sensory and aesthetic performance will feature narration and music inspired by North African melodies performed by pianist Paul Lay. The performance will be introduced by Professor Judith P. Hallett and narrated in English by acclaimed actor Gale Harold (Falling for Grace, Queer as Folk, Grey’s Anatomy).
Juliette Deschamps worked in depth with her actors, selected among young students from underprivileged neighborhoods in Tunis. Taking part in this recreation of the history of Dido, these students were introduced to the mythological underpinning of their city. Through this experience, the students gained a broader cultural understanding of their city, eventually molding the myth into their own collective narrative.
Duration: 60 minutes approx.
Narration: In English
Juliette Deschamps: Conception, text, realisation and live video
Paul Lay: Music (composition and improvisation), piano
La Nuit & Le Moment: Executive Producer
Event Website: https://fiaf.org/event/2019-12-juliette-deschamps/
(Photo: "Empty Theatre (almost)" by Kevin Jaako, licensed under CC BY 2.0)