Marie Darrieussecq



Marie Darrieusecq's portrait

Vincent Josse

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“I would like to ease my relationship with social media and incorporate it into my life in a normal way, without any of the fear, anxiety, repulsion, and fascination it has caused in me.”

I was born in 1969. I remember a world before the Internet, before IT technology. When I was 17, I was one of the first to get a personal computer, an IBM with a memory of ten pages of text (my uncle worked at IBM France). It was a kind of enhanced typewriter, an embryonic word processor. Then, as a student, I began using the first Macs—cubes with an external floppy-disk memory. I sent my first e-mail in 1990, via the French “Minitel” (now long gone). We did not know who to e-mail. So we had pen pals worldwide, chosen simply on the basis that they, too, had an e-mail address, usually located, as mine was, within a university, school or college where they were enrolled.


Marie Darrieussecq is a writer, a translator of James Baldwin’s essays, and a former psychoanalyst. She explores clichés to study what language says about experience: how words—especially platitudes—express reality and shape it in return. Her minimalist style, full of anecdotes and scientific or geographical metaphors, forms a “physical writing."


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Théâtre National de Bretagne (TNB)

The Théâtre National de Bretagne (TNB) traces its roots back to the very creation of the Centre Dramatique de l’Ouest in 1949 and of the Maison de la Culture in 1968 (a merger took place in 1990). As a European center for theatrical and choreographic production, emphasizes not only theater, but dance, music, cinema and education. The TNB organizes an annual international Festival and supports the School of the Dramatic Arts. The TNB welcomes about 200,000 spectators every season. Since 2017 the actor and stage director Arthur Nauzyciel has led the TNB and has introduced an artistic project grounded in 3 fundamental values: Share, Transmit, Connect. In addition, he appointed 18 associate artists, joined by another 10 other artists in 2021. 


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