This is a series of performances, in French and English, by French artist Clyde Chabot, the author, artistic director, and performer for the French theatre company La Communauté inavouable, founded in 1992. Chabot directs multidisciplinary performances, involving actors, musicians, dancers, videographers, and amateurs; during her performances, the spectators occupy a position of accomplices, witnesses, or even actors.
SICILIA covers the history of migrations in Chabot's family, who left Sicily at the end of the 19th century for the United States, Tunisia and then France. She performs it around a big table, as if the audience were her family. She shares with them a bit of pecorino with pepper, the only Sicilian relic that has been passed on through generations. She has performed this show more than 150 times in France and abroad.
With TUNISIA, Chabot revisits her family history of migration, from Sicily towards Tunisia and then France, to invite each person to plunge into their own memory, to question migratory flow, the fear and the desire towards the other, and our representation of foreigners. TUNISIA mixes texts and images, “family archaeology” and fiction, tragedy and humor, and reflection on the history and the colonial present of France, and Tunisia today.
Performances in French:
- SICILIA: Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m. (Legends Club)
TUNISIA: Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. (Bond Hall 104)*
*Please note the different location for this performance
Performance in English:
- SICILIA: Friday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. (Legends Club)
- SICILIA: Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. (Legends Club)
Each performance will last around 45-50 minutes. These events are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
As the performances are open to the community and involve food and drink; please note that Notre Dame ID or proof of vaccination will be required for these events per the Notre Dame Gatherings Policy.
The organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following University of Notre Dame units: The Teaching Beyond the Classroom Mid-Size Grant and the Henkels Mini-Conference Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (College of Arts and Letters), and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (Keough School of Global Affairs).
The event is co-sponsored by Institut Français, Villa Albertine, Consulat Général de France à Atlanta, Emory University, SPEDIDAM, Département Essonne, Région Île de France, Ville de Lisses, Saint Denis, and Fundraising Conseil.