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The Disorder of Discourse // Michel Foucault // Fanny de Chaillé

  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 41 Cooper Square New York, NY 10008 (map)

French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926–1984) is one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the 20th-century.

Artist Fanny de Chaillé employs theater to restage one of Foucault’s most famous lectures, L’Ordre du discours (The Order of Discourse). She at once re-imagines this historical moment, which was never recorded, and continues Foucault’s investigation into the power inherent in words.

In her return to Crossing the Line Festival, de Chaillé presents this performative experiment within a college auditorium and simultaneously within the context of contemporary American politics.

Co-presented with The Invisible Dog, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and FIAF Crossing the Line Festival.

Based on the work of Michel Foucault, L'Ordre du discours © Editions Gallimard.

A project by Fanny de Chaillé
With Guillaume Bailliart
Text: L’Ordre du discours of Michel Foucault, © Editions Gallimard

General stage management: Manuel Coursin or Willy Cessa
Production/Distribution: Isabelle Ellul
Communication: Jeanne Dantin
Production: Display

The Disorder of Discourse is supported by FUSED (French US Exchange in Dance), a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, The French Ministry of Culture, and other private donors.

Co-production: Malraux scène nationale Chambéry Savoie, Bonlieu scène nationale Annecy, Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Festival d’Automne à Paris. 

The Disorder of Discourse is supported by PEPS Plateforme Européenne de Production Scénique Annecy-Chambéry-Genève-Lausanne as part of the Programme Européen de coopération transfrontalière Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020

With the support of the Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand scène nationale, and Centre National de la Danse, Pantin and Lyon

Thanks to André Scala, Antoine Muller, l’ENDROIT Chambéry, Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Dates + Times
Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm
Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm

Post-show Q&A 
Tuesday, September 17 with Fanny de Chaillé and Guillaume Bailliart

60 minutes

French, with English supertitles

$15 suggested donation
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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10008

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