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The Disorder of Discourse

Fanny de Chaillé
Michel Foucault

Co-presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art


US Premiere
Tue, Sep 17 at 7pm
Wed, Sep 18 at 7pm

Post-show Q&A
Tue, Sep 17 with Fanny de Chaillé and Guillaume Bailliart

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square

Free, $15 suggested donation


“[De Chaillé] is a young woman standing at the border of many art forms. She has tested their porosity."
Le Figaro

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 reimagines this historical moment, which was never recorded, and continues Foucault’s investigation into the inherent power 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.

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

60 min
In French with English supertitles

View Production Credits
A project of 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

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

The Disorder of Discourse is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and is recognized as a “compagnie Auvergne Rhône-Alpes” by the Region, and receives touring support from the Institut Français (Paris).

Fanny de Chaillé is an associated artist of Malraux scène nationale Chambéry Savoie and CND Lyon

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.

Photos © Marc Domage

Fanny de Chaillé

After studying aesthetics at the Sorbonne, Fanny de Chaillé worked with Daniel Larrieu at the Centre choréorgraphique national in Tours, France. There she collaborated with Rachid Ouramdane and worked under the direction of Gwenaël Morin. She also participated in projects by the artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Pierre Huyghe. Since 1995, she has presented both installations and performances, including Karaokurt (1996), La Pierre de causette (1997), Le Robert (2000), Le Voyage d’hiver (2001), and Wake up (2003). Beginning in 2003, she developed works for the theater including Underwear, pour une politique du défilé (2003); Ta ta ta (2005); AMÉRIQUE (2006); Gonzo Conférence, and À nous deux (2007). With Grégoire Monsaingeon, she founded the musical duo “Les velourses” and together they presented Mmeellooddyy Nneellssoonn at the Théâtre de la Cité in Paris. In 2013, she created the project La Clairière for the Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou. Her most recent work includes Le Groupe (2014), based on the writings of Hugo von Hoffmannsthal; Chut (2015), an homage to Buster Keaton; and expanding her collaboration Pierre Alferi with Les Grands (2017).

The Disorder of Discourse
US Premiere
Tue, Sep 17 & Wed, Sep 18

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art