Compagnie Lieux-dits, founded in 2009 by David Geselson, creates a dialectic between an author and a team of actors in order to compose a style and produce theater that is in step with the political, philosophical, and poetic questions of the contemporary world. The combination of documented fact and fiction is fundamental in our work.
Biographical narratives and history often serve as a starting point to compose fictions written for the company’s actresses and actors.
Our objective is to build and develop on stage a theater that attempts to reveal the way that the intimate parts of individuals’ lives can collide with history and sometimes transform it.
How can we work to present a living memory, to bring the dead to life, and to approach our mutual pasts to share our present?
How can we live free with the legacies we have inherited?
Compagnie Lieux-dits is accredited by the ministère de la Culture – DRAC Île-de-France
David Geselson is associated to la vie brève – Théâtre de l’Aquarium and to Théâtre de Lorient, CDN and to Le Grand R, scène nationale de La Roche-sur-Yon
Compagnie Lieux-Dits is joining ARVIVA, whose mission is to examine the everyday practices of the performing arts professions in order to identify sustainable alternatives to reduce the sector’s environmental impact, looking at all the links in the chain, from artistic creation to communication and from production to touring.
He wrote, directed and performed Doreen -Winner of the critics Prize 2017 for the Best French play- (based on Letter to D. by André Gorz), En Route-Kaddish, Unwritten Letters, He wrote and directed Silence and fear. He directed Eli Eli by Thibault Vinçon and Les Insomniaques by Juan Mayorga, Poing by Pauline Peyrade at Teatro Español of Madrid. He will direct La Bohème at the Opéra de Nancy.
He published Lettres non-écrites (Unwritten Letters) at Le Tripode publishing.
He recently acted in Bovary under the direction of Tiago Rodrigues created in 2016 at Théâtre de la Bastille and will act again under his direction in Le Choeur des amants, created in 2021 and in La Cerisaie by Anton Tcheckov, created in July 2021 at Festival d’Avignon in La Cour d’honneur of the Palais des papes.
He was trained at the École du Théâtre National de Chaillot, the École de théâtre « Les Enfants Terribles » and the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique.
He has acted on the stage under the direction of Brigitte Jaques in La Marmite (Plautus’ Aulularia), Cécile Garcia-Fogel in Foi, Amour, Espérance (Odön Von Horváth’s Faith, Love and Charity), Gilles Cohen in Théâtre à la campagne by David Lescot, David Girondin-Moab and Muriel Trembleau in Le Golem (a stage adaptation of Gustav Meyrink), Christophe Rauck in Le Revizor (Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector), Gabriel Dufay in La Ville (Yevgeni Grishkovetz), Jean-Pierre Vincent in Meeting Massera by Jean-Charles Massera, Volodia Serre in Les Trois Soeurs (Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters), Juliette Navis and Raphaèle Bouchard in a collective work entitled Mont-Royal, and Jean-Paul Wenzel in Tout un homme.
He has also acted on the small and big screen, under the direction of Elie Wajeman in Alyah and Les Anarchistes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – Cannes 2012 and Semaine de la critique – Cannes 2015 ), François Ozon in Grâce à Dieu, Isabelle Czajka in La Vie domestique, Olivier de Plas in QI, Rodolphe Tissot in Ainsi-soient-ils (seasons 2 and 3), Vincent Garanq in l’Enquête, as well as in short films directed by Muriel Cravatte, Antonin Peretjatko, Marie Donnio and Etienne Labroue.