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JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION) received the 2011 Georges-Lerminier prize of the Syndicat de la critique for the best creation and Laurent Poitrenaux the 2011 Beaumarchais Prize for best actor.


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Tour 2014/2015

NOV 2014
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne


TOUR 2012/2013

14 NOV—15 NOV 2012
Hangar 23 (Rouen), dans le cadre du festival Automne en Normandie

30 NOV—01 DEC 2012
Teatr Polski Warsaw, Poland

08 JAN—09 JAN 2013
Équinoxe, Scène nationale de Châteauroux

30 JAN—31 JAN 2013
Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest

06 FEB—07 FEB 2013
L’Estive, Scène nationale de Foix et de l’Ariège


Tour 2011/2012

CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre, du 5 au 7 octobre 2011
Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Scène nationale, les 13 et 14 octobre 2011
Théâtre de la Cité internationale du 18 au 20 novembre 2011dans le cadre de la manifestation New settings organisée par la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Comédie de Reims, CDN, les 12 et 13 décembre 2011
Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Scène nationale, les 17 et 18 janvier 2012
 Théâtre de Lorient, du 31 janvier au 3 février 2012
Les Gémeaux, Scène nationale de Sceaux, du 8 février au 19 février 2012


FRAC Centre
SEP 27 —NOV 1 2011

In conjunction with the performances of JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION) in Orléans, the FRAC Centre wanted to organise one of the first solo exhibitions of Miroslaw Balka’s work in France. He created a new piece specially for this occasion.



Warsaw, 1942. Poland is wrecked by the Nazis and the Soviets. Jan Karski is a messenger of the Polish resistance for the government in exile in London. He meets two men who led him secretly into Warsaw’s ghetto so he can tell the Allies what he has seen and that the European Jews are being exterminated.
Jan Karski travels through Europe in war, alerts the English and meets President Roosevelt in the United States. But his appeal has no consequences. After nearly forty years of silence, he accepts to testify once again in the film SHOAH by Claude Lanzmann.

The extraordinary destiny of this man, confronted with the passivity of the Allies facing the genocide organized by the Nazis, questions Yannick Haenel who wrote, in 2009, a novel structured in three parts: the first is the transcription of the speech on film, the second is the autobiography of Karski and the third reveals finally the imagination of the novelist who lets the hero speak in present tense.

Troubled by the book, Arthur Nauzyciel decided to adapt it for the stage, convinced that “if there are no limits to literature”, there can't be any in theatre. Faithful to its origins, the theatre can make heard the voice of those who have none anymore and hand on to a large public this tragedy of imposed silence. Just as the witnesses of the Holocaust are disappearing, the time to take over has come.

For this creation, Arthur Nauzyciel has gathered artists coming from France, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, the United States. They are Karski's travel. The director meets up with artistic  partners who, from ORDET to JULIUS CAESAR, have participated in his former productions : the choreographer Damien Jalet, the american set designer Riccardo Hernandez, the sound designer Xavier Jacquot, the fashion designer José Lévy and the american lighting designer Scott Zielinski. He also works for their first participation in a theatre production with one of today's most important   artists, the Pole Miroslaw Balka, and the musician Christian Fennesz, a major figure of the international electro music scene. On stage, he meets up with the dancer Alexandra Gilbert and Laurent Poitrenaux, the principal actor of his first show THE IMAGINARY INVALID OR THE SILENCE OF MOLIÈRE in 1999 and who played at the CDN in 2010 in SKETCH OF A PORTRAIT  and in 2011 in A MAGUS IN SUMMER. The actress Marthe Keller, known notably for her roles beside AL PACINO (BOBBY DEERFIELD), DUSTIN HOFFMAN (MARATHON MAN) or MARLON BRANDO (THE FORMULA), is also participating.

After rehearsals in Orléans, New York and Warsaw, JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION) is created for the opening of the Avignon Festival 2011.








Duration : 2h40

Alexandra Gilbert
Arthur Nauzyciel
Laurent Poitrenaux
and the voice of Marthe Keller

Arthur Nauzyciel

based on the novel by
Yannick Haenel

Miroslaw Balka

Christian Fennesz

Riccardo Hernandez

advice and choreography
Damien Jalet

Xavier Jacquot

José Lévy

Scott Zielinski

set assistant
James Brandily

costume assistant
Géraldine Crespo

stage manager
Jean-Marc Hennaut

documentary research
Leila Adham

Centre Dramatique National Orléans/Loiret/Centre

Festival d’Avignon; Les Gémeaux Scène nationale de Sceaux; CDDB-Théâtre de Lorient, CDN; Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Scène nationale; La Comédie de Reims CDN, Festival Reims Scènes d’Europe
With the support of the Région Centre, the Polish Institute of Paris and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the New settings programme.
With the participation of the French Institute.
With the help of the Theatre TR Warszawa and the French Embassy in Poland

The set has been constructed in the workshops of the Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Scène nationale.

JAN KARSKI (Interallié Prize and prize of the novel Fnac 2009) is pusblished at Éditions Gallimard.

Show rehearsed at the CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre


“The director has found the right tone, close and tragic at the same time, all the way long of the performance: one leaves the memory on fire.”

Fabienne Pascaud, Télérama


"There are shows which sum a life, a pain, a moral. Shows which contain you entirely and which reveals you to yourself. JAN KARSKI (MY NAME IS A FICTION) is one of those. It has to be seen."

Laurence Liban, L'Express

“Rigour, intelligence, splendid austerity: these are the words that come to your mind to salute the show by Arthur Nauzyciel.”

Odile Quirot, Le Nouvel Observateur

“A dramatic, strange and entrancing poem for our times.”

Armelle Héliot, Le Figaro