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In Search of Lost Time in One Hour, A Performance by Véronique Aubouy


Veronique Aubouy

La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington DC , US 20007

December 09, 2022 | 7pm


Proust in One Hour, by Véronique Aubouy at La Maison Française

In this performance, Véronique Aubouy summarizes In Search of Lost Time in sixty minutes, in her own words, and shows how this story from the early 20th century still resonates today. Her intimate and personal interpretation of Proust’s masterpiece reveals how this work radiates in her life. In Véronique Aubuy’s words, each performance is “another opportunity to explore different parts of The Search, while proceeding at random, inspired and guided by my aleatory and fickle memory.”

In English. Free and open to the public.

Véronique Aubouy is the creator of documentary films as well as fiction, performance pieces, art films, web creations, and photographs. Her films are strongly influenced by litterature and music. Since October 1993, she has filmed people from everywhere in the world, in various locations, as they each read two pages of In Search of Lost Time. Her project, Proust Lu, is today 116 hours long and includes more than 1100 readers. It should be completed by 2050 and has been shown in art galeries and museums.

Véronique Aubouy’s first movie, Je suis Annemarie Schwarzenbach, was presented in Berlin Panorama 2015, and was released in Paris from April to September 2015. It will be presented at Bard College, Annandale, on February 2, 2016. Aubuy has also directed short films (The Silence of Summer, selected at Cannes Festival 1993, Un certain regard), as well as numerous documentary films such as I Am Not an Angry Man, a portrait of the playwright Edward Bond (2002), and Bernadette Lafont, une sacrée Bonne Femme, a portrait of the french actress (2013).

Her first book, À la lecture, on the influences of Proust in our lives today, was co-written with Mathieu Riboulet, and published in September 2014 by Grasset.


Doors open at 6:30 and close at 7:15 pm. Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time, and allow extra time for security screening. Registration and valid ID are required.

In partnership with

FACE Foundation

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language. 

Alliance Française DC

Alliance Française is the leading center for French language, French culture and francophone resources in Washington DC.

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