« If you have ever wanted to write a letter to someone you love but never did because you did not dare or know how to go about it, or because you could not bring yourself to do it or were unable to finish it, tell me what you would have liked to say and I will write it for you.
We will spend 35 minutes together, during which time you will tell me about this unwritten letter. I will then spend the next 45 minutes writing it for you. When the letter is done, I will read it out to you. If you like it, you can keep it (in the format of your choice); if not, I will erase it and there will be no trace of it left. If you do like it and agree to let me use it, I may do something with it in a performance, with the understanding that all these letters will be kept strictly anonymous. »
I started from this premise.
The Unwritten Letters project has continued since then, from one city to another. After Paris, I went to write in Orléans, Toulouse, Lorient, Duclair, Saintes, Arles, New York, Brive, Pau, Brussels. The writing sessions always take place in one day, from 9 AM to 5 PM, for volunteer spectators at a time. Then, early in the evening, I am joined by part of the team from Compagnie Lieux-Dits to prepare a theater piece developed from these letters. About ten letters are read each evening, in a mix of letters from that day and those from other cities, with letters from Paris in Orléans, from Arles in Saintes, from Toulouse in New York, from New York in Lorient, and from Lorient in Duclair.
This is an intentionally short, quick, and incomplete form of creation, developed in a few hours, by trying to make the maximum use of that day’s stories. To say, among other things, that theaters can also be used for this: the possibility to come and talk, to have something written for you, to hear yourself in the world.
A kind of community of invisible words is built from one place to another.
Produced by Compagnie Lieux-dits
Compagnie Lieux-dits is accredited by the ministère de la Culture – DRAC Île-de-France
The text Lettres non-écrites (Unwritten Letters) is laureate from CONTEXTO Artcena and translated in Spanish (Chili) by Millaray Lobos
The text Lettres non-écrites (Unwritten Letters) is published by Le Tripode publishing
David Geselson received the price of Revelation of the first novel 2022 by the Société des Gens de Lettres.