Anne Kessler reads Sade.
On the occasion of the Reading Night on 18 January 2020 and as part of the exhibition "Giacometti / Sade, Cruels objets du désir", Anne Kessler resumes her interpretation of the writings of the sulphurous Marquis de Sade at the Giacometti Institute.
The member of the Comédie Française is the guest of the Giacometti Institute for the reading of Justine or the misfortunes of the Marquis de Sade's virtue.
Public reading: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Address: Giacometti Institute, 5 rue Victor Schoelcher
Price: Free of charge
Reservation: SOLD OUT
Biography of Anne Kessler
Anne Kessler trained with Antoine Vitez at the École du Théâtre national de Chaillot. Admitted as a resident of the Comédie-Française in 1989, she became its 488th member on January 1, 1994. Often solicited in the classical repertoire, playing comic, tragic or romantic roles with equal ease, she has participated in the major creations of contemporary authors in the House.
We can really talk about encounters between Anne Kessler and her roles; characters she defends with passion and that she marks with her interpretation. Thus, she plays Blanche Du Bois in A tramway named Desire of Tennessee Williams directed by Lee Breuer, Angustias in La maison de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca by Lilo Baur, Axioucha in La Forêt d'Ostrovski by Piotr Fomenko, Calérie in Les Estivants de Gorki by Gérard Desarthe, Marthe in Intérieur de Maurice Maeterlinck by Nâzim Boudjenah, Mère Ubu in Ubu roi d'Alfred Jarry by Jean-Pierre Vincent in 2009 - who had already offered her to play Florestine in La Mère coupable de Beaumarchais in 1990. For Arnaud Desplechin, she is Laura, the captain's wife in August Strindberg's Father. In 2018, she created the role of C in Poussière de Lars Norén, directed by the author.
Among the renowned directors who have wished to work with her are Georges Lavaudant in Lorenzaccio by Musset, Jacques Lassalle in two plays by Goldoni, La Serva amorosa and Il Campiello, as well as in Platonov or Le Fléaude l'absence de pères by Chekhov. His collaboration with Alain Françon on Le Canard sauvage d'Ibsen is decisive in his career. They find themselves on Goldoni's La Trilogie de la villégiature and Chekhov's La Cerisaie, the author she plays again at Guillaume Gallienne's request in Sur la grande-route.
His encounters with some authors are just as fundamental. From Molière, she plays Mademoiselle Molière in L'Impromptu de Versailles by Jean-Luc Boutté, Frosine in L'Avare and Angélique in George Dandin by Catherine Hiegel, Marianne in Tartuffe by Dominique Pitoiset, Julie in Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Philippe Adrien. From Beaumarchais, she plays Suzanne in Le Mariage de Figaro by Christophe Rauck and Rosine in Le Barbier de Séville by Jean-Luc Boutté. At Feydeau's, she played the role of Clothilde Pontagnac in Le Dindon by Lukas Hemleb and that of Angélique in L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange by Isabelle Nanty.
To her talents as an actress, Anne Kessler adds that of a director, transposing on stage texts that have moved or upset her. She directs actors of the Troupe in Grief(s), based on texts by Strindberg, Ibsen and Bergman adapted by Guy Zilberstein; Three men in a living room based on the interview with Ferré, Brassens and Brel by François-René Cristiani; La Double Inconstance by Marivaux and La Ronde based on Schnitzler. By Guy Zilberstein, she directed Les Naufragés and, in 2015, she performed and directed Coupes Sombres. This show was revived at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in 2018. This year, it also stages a new adaptation of Les Créanciers de Strindberg at the Studio-Théâtre. She also directs Shakespeare's reading of Richard III at the Maison de la Radio for the 450th anniversary of the English playwright's birth. In 2012, she directed the French students' actors in Thomas Voltelli, a text by Guy Zilberstein, at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier.
At the Comédie-Française, Anne Kessler designed the mural fresco of Courteline's Un client sérieux by Nicolas Lormeau and Molière's Psyché paintings at the request of Véronique Vella. She directed the video of Cyrano de Bergerac d'Edmond Rostand by Denis Podalydès.
Outside the Comédie-Française, in 2012 she directed Daniel Keyes' Des fleurs pour Algernon, which won the Prize for the best private show at the Palmarès du Théâtre 2013 and the Molière du Seul-en-scène 2014 for Grégory Gadebois.
In 2017-2018, Anne Kessler performed C in Poussière de and directed by Lars Norén and Angélique in the cover of Georges Feydeau's L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange, directed by Isabelle Nanty, Salle Richelieu. At the Studio-Théâtre, she directed Les Créanciers d'August Strindberg, the following season she played in Fanny and Alexandre by Ingmar Bergman by Julie Deliquet.
In 2019-2020, Anne Kessler played in Marcel Proust's Le Côté de Guermantes by Christophe Honoré, in Edmond Rostand's cover of Cyrano de Bergerac by Denis Podalydès at the Théâtre Marigny and staged his Singulis Justine or Les Malheurs de la vertu de Sade at the Studio-Théâtre.