ANAïS NIN UNE DE SES VIES


Célia Catalifo

Célia Catalifo

Laurent Maurel

Laurent Maurel

Anaïs Nin UNE DE SES VIES

Wendy Beckett returned to the historic Athénée Theatre Louis–Jouvet in Paris to direct a reworking of her play ANAÏS NIN UNE DE SES VIES for a limited season in March 2019.

Set mostly in 1930’s Paris when many artists converged on France in the hope of finding an aesthetic life and to escape the confines of their own morals and culture, this play traces the love triangle of Anais Nin, Henry Miller and his wife June. We witness the development of the author Nin who must navigate a difficult path if she is to succeed in her literary ambition. Anaïs Nin is a writer who sought emotional intimacy with her readers yet paradoxically created mystery.

CAST 2  women • 3 men
SETTING  1930s • Paris

Photos © 2018 Christine Coquilleau
Poster Art © 2018 Halcyon Pratt

A sublime piece that illuminates the extraordinary destiny of a feminist artist…
Wendy Beckett’s play makes us want to dive back into the notebooks of Anaïs Nin.
— LA RUE DU BAC
It’s been a long time since I had seen such a beautiful setting and such successful and sumptuous costumes. Visually too, it’s a treat.
This dramaturgical evocation of “one of the lives” of Anais Nin is therefore a true and indisputable success.
— DE LA COUR AU JARDIN
Laurent Maurel & Mathilde Libbrecht

Laurent Maurel & Mathilde Libbrecht

Laurent Maurel & Célia Catalifo

Laurent Maurel & Célia Catalifo

Célia Catalifo, Mathilde Libbrecht and Laurent Maurel will be respectively the impressive Anaïs, June and Henry.
Wendy Beckett will subtly show us the sensual and amorous progressions to arrive at two scenes of love and sex very intense, very successful.
Laurent d’Olce is also amazing, especially in the last scene where the roles are reversed between the therapist and his patient. A magnificent transfer… We will then understand the crushing weight of the author’s father.
— DE LA COUR AU JARDIN
The scene of reunion between father and daughter is of incredible poetry and power, at once pathetic and moving.
Laurent D’Olce is beautiful.
… particular mention to scenes of love, very successful, erotic ballets extremely well choreographed…
— LES SOIRÉES DE PARIS
Laurent D’Olce & Célia Catalifo

Laurent D’Olce & Célia Catalifo

If you only had to see one piece during the season… do not let it pass…
Costumes as numerous as sumptuous combine elegance with the character…
Thanks to the double talent of author and director Wendy Beckett we will enter this world as passionate as it is exciting.
— THEATRAUTEURS
Célia Catalifo & Laurent D’Olce

Célia Catalifo & Laurent D’Olce

On stage, these free, incredibly complex reports, essential engines of writing, are drawn with class by a trio of actors at the right. There is a scene of explicit sappism in all shame. Laurent Maurel offers a sparkling Miller, kindly mackerel. Mathilde Libbrecht draws June in relief, to make a beautiful character elusive bitch. Célia Catalifo in Anaïs Nin is a poem.
— L'HUMANITÉ
Audrey Evalaum, Mathilde Rance, Célia Catalifo & Sébastien Dumont

Audrey Evalaum, Mathilde Rance, Célia Catalifo & Sébastien Dumont

Anaïs and her colleagues brilliantly brush a picture of the roaring years where the literary genius takes body, in osmosis as in antagonism. Anaïs Nin acquires the qualities that will make her an author both structured and sulphurous.
The contrasting elegance of the female costumes, the flexibility of the two actresses, the rhythm of the dialogues supported by the music, all contribute to the charm of this evocation.
— SPECTACLES SELECTION
Célia Catalifo & Mathilde Libbrecht

Célia Catalifo & Mathilde Libbrecht

The atmosphere of the 30s, the freedom and voluptuousness of a generation freed, are ultimately very well restored and will delight the public of our time…
— ARTISTIK REZO
Laurent Maurel & Célia Catalifo

Laurent Maurel & Célia Catalifo

ANAÏS NIN UNE DE SES VIES
2019 l'Athénée Théâtre Louis–Jouvet Paris France