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Duras Song

“I write books in a difficult place, that is to say between music and silence. I think it’s something like that. We always miss something, this is forced, it is an obligation in life, I missed the music.” – Marguerite Duras

A legendary figure of modern French literature and cinema, Marguerite Duras (1943-1995) was a feminist and an early critic of French colonization in Southeast Asia. This performance celebrates the profound musicality of Marguerite Duras’ work in the form of a dialogue between Duras’ texts and various musical pieces, exploring areas of tension and affinity. Created by Duke professor Anne-Gaelle Saliot, this unique experience occupies a space between theater and chamber music; Saliot’s and Duras’ words alternate with the music that populates Duras’ texts and images, like the soundtracks of her films by Carlos d’Alessio, of whom she said: “His music surrounds me, inhabits me like the first minute I heard it.”

This project premiered at the Philarmonie de Paris in June 2023, receiving wide acclaim.


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Gabriel Richard, Violin
Xavier Phillips, Cello
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Piano
Amanda Gann, Actress

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, Creation and Mise en Scène
Texts translated to English by Amanda Gann


Music by Carlos d’Alessio, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Diabelli, Saint-Granier, Franz Schubert and Alain Souchon.

Excerpts from texts by Marguerite Duras (Moderato Cantabile, India Song, Emily L, The Lover, The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein, The Sea Wall, Summer Rain, The Vice-Consul, Writing, Yann Andréa Steiner)

Texts by A.G. Saliot

Song List:

Carlos d’Alessio: India Song (piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Prelude – excerpt from The Cello Suite Nr in G major BWV 1007
Contrapuntos I – excerpt from The Art of the Fugue BWV 1080
Anton Diabelli: Sonatina op. 168 in F major (First movement)
Franz Schubert: Nocturne in E flat major
Frédéric Chopin:
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G minor op.8
Waltz in A minor op. 34 Nr 2
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne for Solo Violin
Saint-Granier: Ramona (song, transcription for piano trio by J-F Neuburger)
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger: The Neva
Alain Souchon: Allô Maman Bobo (song, transcription for piano trio J-F Neuburger)
Frédéric Chopin: Waltz op. 64 Nr 1: “Dog Waltz

  • $15
  • Tue, Oct 24, 2023 at 7:30pm
Nelson Music Room