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Direction Arthur Nauzyciel

Arthur Nauzyciel

Arthur Nauzyciel

Director of TNB

Arthur Nauzyciel is a director and actor. He directed the National Dramatic Center of Orléans from 2007 to 2016 and has been director of the Théâtre National de Bretagne since 2017.

After studying visual arts and cinema, he entered the Théâtre National de Chaillot School directed by Antoine Vitez in 1987. Initially an actor under the direction of Jean-Marie Villégier, Alain Françon, Éric Vigner, or Tsai Ming Liang, he created his first stage productions, Le Malade imaginaire or Le Silence de Molière after Molière and Giovanni Macchia (1999) and Oh Les Beaux Jours by Samuel Beckett (2003).


Next, in France: Place des Héros, which marks Thomas Bernhard's inclusion in the repertoire at the Comédie-Française(2004); Ordet (The Word) by Kaj Munk translated and adapted by Marie Darrieussecq at the Festival d'Avignon (2008); Jan Karski (My name is a fiction) based on the novel by Yannick Haenel at the Festival d'Avignon (2011, Georges-Lerminier prize of the Syndicat de la critique); Faim by Knut Hamsun (2011); Chekhov's The Seagull in the cour d'honneur at the Avignon Festival (2012) ; Kaddish by Allen Ginsberg with the complicity of Étienne Daho (2013). In 2015, he created Splendid's by Jean Genet, with American American actors and the voice of Jeanne Moreau, recreated on Zoom, live streamed during the Festival Fantôme 2020, an online edition of the cancelled TNB Festival.


He works regularly in the United States, and creates in Atlanta 2 plays by Bernard-Marie Koltès : Black Battles with Dogs (2001) and Roberto Zucco (2004), and in Boston, for A.R.T., Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh (2007) and Julius Caesar by Shakespeare (2008). Abroad, he creates shows that are then performed in France or in international festivals. In Dublin, The Image by Samuel Beckett (2006) with Damien Jalet and Anne Brochet, Lou Doillon and Julie Moulier; at the National Theatre of Iceland, The Museum of the Sea by Marie Darrieussecq (2009); at the National Theatre of Norway, Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh (2012); at the Mini teater in Ljubljana, Slovenia, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (2015) ; at the National Theater Company of Korea (NTCK), The Empire of Lights by Kim Young-ha (2016) and Love's End (2019), the Korean version of Clôture de l'amour by Pascal Rambert. Most recently in Prague, he created La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler (2022) with the National Theatre company.


He also works for dance and opera: he directed Red Waters (2011), opera by Lady & Bird (Keren Ann Zeidel and Barði Jóhannsson), A Florentine Tragedy (2018) by Alexander Zemlinsky at the Abbaye de Royaumont and Le Papillon Noir (2018), an opera composed by Yann Robin and Yannick Haenel. Alongside Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, he participated in the creation of Play (2010) with the dancer Shantala Shivalingappa and Session with the choreographer Colin Dunne.


He regularly collaborates with other artists: Miroslaw Balka, Colin Dunne, Matt Elliott, Christian Fennesz, Barði Jóhannsson, Damien Jalet, Valérie Mréjen, Pierre-Alain Giraud, José Lévy, Gaspard Yurkievich, Erna Ómarsdóttir, l’Ensemble Organum, Sjón, Winter Family, Phia Ménard et Boris Charmatz for whom he performed in La Ruée (Festival TNB 2018).


He is directed by Pascal Rambert for De mes propres mains (2015), L'Art du théâtre (2017) and Architecture (2019). He created La Dame aux camélias after Alexandre Dumas fils at the TNB (2018), Mes frères by Pascal Rambert at La Colline (2021). In 2023, he revives his first show Le Malade imaginaire ou le silence de Molière (1999) with Laurent Poitrenaux, Catherine Vuillez as well as with 7 actors from the 10th promotion of the TNB Drama School. In 2023-2024, he will create Les Paravents by Jean Genet and will set up Julius Caesar by Shakespeare that he created in 2008 in Boston with an American cast.


He is also the director of the TNB Drama School.