episode 45/45 of the Historical past Mad podcast

From history to drama

Jeanne Balibar she began studying history when she joined the École Normale Supérieure. She gets a master’s degree in history and received a scholarship to begin a thesis in history at Cambridge. However, the young woman takes a completely different path, a pathdramatic arts. She enrolled at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art before becoming a resident French comedy. Plays roles in famous plays: Dom Juan by Moliere, Trg by Marguerite Duras or even Clitandre of Cornelius. A career in cinema follows, and this can especially be found in films: i hate love by Laurence Ferreira Barbos and Who knows Jacques Rivette as well as in forty other films; he also enjoys filming and singing. If her choice led her to an artistic career, what is the relationship of the actress to the story?

“Historians”: three female destinies

The actress finds three friends from high school who became historians: Charlotte de Castelnau-L’Estoile, Anne-Emmanuelle Demartini and Emmanuelle Loyer. They decide to make a play called The Historians. Jeanne Balibar takes us on a journey through time while reading three historical texts that depict the fate of three atypical women. We uncover parricide Violette Noziere and his trial following the 1930s story; an actress Delphine Seyrig and her feminist commitment in the 1970s and finally the slave history Pascoaccused of bigamy by the court of the Portuguese Inquisition at the time of slavery in 1700.

29 min

The micro story lies at the heart of these historical texts; this allows us to have a sample and understanding of past societies and how courts in particular consider women, at different times. Especially since the historical research of Frwomen’s history is a newer field of study on which historians base their work. This reading gives a a voice for women whose speech was considered illegitimate and inadmissible.

What do these three fates of women reveal about past societies, mentalities, customs and status of women? What dimension does theater art give to archives and history?

Let’s talk about it

Jeanne Balibar is an actress, director and singer.
She directs and interprets the play The Historiansco-authored by Charlotte de Castelnau-L’Estoile, Anne-Emmanuelle Demartini and Emmanuelle Loyer, which runs from 28 September to 1 October 2022 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris as part of autumn festival.

Charlotte de Castelnau-L’Estoile is a professor of modern history at the Sorbonne University and a historian specializing in the history of colonial Brazil and slavery.
In particular, she announced:

Anne-Emmanuelle Demartini is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a member of the Center for the History of the 19th Century.
In particular, she announced:

Emmanuelle Loyer is a professor of contemporary history at Sciences-Po Paris and a historian specializing in the cultural history of contemporary societies.
In particular, she announced:

Credits to the show : Origami from Rona

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