Juliette Deschamps
The Tragedy of Dido

US Premiere
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30pm

Mixing captivating video projection, live jazz music, and powerful storytelling, the US premiere of The Tragedy of Dido created by French videographer Juliette Deschamps paints an extraordinary portrait of Queen Dido, the legendary founder of Carthage.

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 their experience the students gained a broader cultural understanding of their city, eventually molding the myth into their own collective narrative.

Part of FIAF’s Tunisian Holiday Weekend, the sensory and aesthetic performance will feature narration and music inspired by North African melodies performed by pianist Paul Lay.

Duration: 60 minutes approx.

A special guest will introduce the performance.

View an extract from a past performance here.

Creative Team
Juliette Deschamps: Conception, text, realisation and live video
Paul Lay: Music (composition and improvisation), piano
TBA: Storytelling
La Nuit & Le Moment: Executive Producer

  • About Juliette Deschamps
    • Born in Paris, Juliette Deschamps is a French director and videographer. She is also an actress and producer. Over the past years, she has created a substantial body of work as a video artist. Her pieces have been exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, Cité de la Musique (Paris), Centquatre (Paris), Silencio (Paris), Musée de l’Élysée (Lausanne), and screened in numerous opera houses. Deschamps has developed an innovative system that allows her to mix her films live on stage, re-fashioning them in response to her musical collaborators. She relishes these live encounters and has worked with artists from across the musical spectrum including classical, opera, folk/pop, jazz, flamenco, and electronic genres. Deschamps has also staged operas and musical performances at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Theater An Der Wien (Vienna), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), White Light Festival (New York), National Theater and Concert Hall (Taipei), Teatro Malibran (Venice), and other venues around the world. Her most recent play, Sarah Bernhardt Fan Club, which premiered in 2017, has become part of the repertoire at the Academic Theater in Perm, Russia, where it is still running. She was artist-in-residence at The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn) in 2019 as part of The Elizabeth Krief and Jacques Manardo Artist Residency Program. She currently lives in Madrid.

  • About Paul Lay
    • Winner of the Django Reinhardt Prize for the Best French Jazz Musician of the Year, French-born pianist Paul Lay was named Best Young French Jazz Talent of the Year by Jazz magazine. Invited to perform at the most prestigious venues in France and abroad, Paul Lay has played both as a soloist and leader of various ensembles including the Paul Lay Trio with Dré Pallemaerts and Clemens Ven der Feen, and Alcazar Memories with Isabel Sörling (vocals) and Simon Tailleu (bass). With the 2014 album Mikado the Paul Lay Quartet won the prestigious Charles Cros Academy Prize for the Best International Jazz Album of the Year. Lay studied jazz and improvised music at the Paris Conservatory with teachers Hervé Sellin, François Théberge, Glenn Ferris, Dre Pallemearts, and Riccardo del Fra. He has won numerous prizes at competitions including soloist prize at the National Jazz Competition of La Defense, laureate of the International Piano Jazz Competition of Moscow, Martial Solal International Piano Jazz Competition, and Montreux International Piano Jazz Competition. He is a laureate of the Meyer Foundation and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale. Recent performances include the Mikado Quartet performing at the Duc des Lombards, Sunside, Jazz à la and Villette Festival in Paris, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Radio France Montpellier Festival, and the festivals of Annecy, Biarritz, Cologne, Midsummer Hardelot Festival, Festival de l’Empéri, and Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse. Lay also plays with the Geraldine Laurent Quartet, Eric Le Lann Quartet, Riccardo Del Fra Quintet, Ping Machine, and Shauli Einav Quintet. He accompanied Barbara Hendricks at a performance celebrating on the International Day of Jazz, presented by UNESCO.