La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, US 20007
April 6, 2023 | 7:30pm
Join us for Dr. Heidi J. Tsai’s performance of A Transgender Tale, exploring the life of the cross-dressing Abbé François-Timoléon de Choisy (1644-1724).
As a glance into 17th-century French literature, history, politics, music, and gender studies, this solo lecture recital is based on music inspired by and/or related to the intriguing Abbot de Choisy, a prolific author who was also a close confidant of King Louis XIV. In addition, he also led a scandalous life as Madame Sancy (or the Comtesse des Barres), who attended, performed, and hosted numerous musical soirées for the nobility dressed as a woman.