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Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida

 

The Colette Project Sarasota

February – March 2020

 

Provocative and prolific, the French writer Colette (1873-1954) was a novelist, journalist, and actress, a liberated woman in a changing France. On the centennial of her 1920 novel Chéri, join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

The Colette Project Sarasota is presented by: New College of Florida, Alliance Française de Sarasota, Selby Public Library, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida Studio Theatre, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and C’est la Vie restaurant (University Park).

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 Centre d’Etudes Colette

Wednesday FEBRUARY 12 | 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida

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Lecture: “Colette and American Women of the Left Bank” (in English) Isabelle de Courtivron, Professor Emerita, MIT

At least a dozen expatriate American women, including Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein, moved to Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century. Colette was one of the only French women to be part of the salons established by this group of writers, publishers, and book sellers. Isabelle de Courtivron explores the expats’ influence on Colette’s creativity and identity.

 

Friday FEBRUARY 14 | 2:00 p.m., Selby Public Library, second-floor conference room

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Book Club Discussion: La Chatte (in French)

Led by Émile Langlois, Professor Emeritus, Sweet Briar College

In Colette’s novel La Chatte, a bride finds herself in a love triangle… with her husband’s cat! This Alliance Française book club discussion in French is open to the public.

 

Wednesday FEBRUARY 19 | 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida

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Lecture: “Colette Finds Her Voice: From Pantomime to Writing” (in English)

Frédéric Canovas, Associate Professor of French, Arizona State University

Colette knew about silence from her work as a pantomime performer and from her husband Willy’s efforts to stifle her creative voice. Frédéric Canovas shows how Colette found her own voice as a female writer in The Vagabond, her novel of a woman’s life in the theater.

 

Saturday, FEBRUARY 22 | 1:30 p.m., Jack Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library

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Film Screening: Colette (in English)

(2018; dir. Wash Westmoreland, 111 min.)

This recent biopic stars Keira Knightly as the young Colette struggling for recognition as a writer when her husband takes credit for her wildly popular Claudine books.

 

Wednesday FEBRUARY 26 | 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida      

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Lecture and Book Signing: “Colette’s One Thousand and One Gardens” (in English)

Évelyne Bloch-Dano, biographer, novelist, and critic

From her childhood home in Burgundy to the manicured lawns of the Palais-Royal in Paris, gardens inspired Colette throughout her life and writings. Évelyne Bloch-Dano shows how Colette expresses her earthly sensuality and constantly reinvents herself as a free, creative

woman in her many writings about gardens. This lecture will be followed by a book signing, with copies of Professor Bloch-Dano’s books available for purchase.

 

Friday FEBRUARY 28 | 8:00 p.m., Black Box Theater, New College of Florida

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Play Performance: Barks & Purrs (in English)

Florida Studio Theatre artists

Reservations required. (Reservation information for this free performance at New College and additional ticketed performances on the Florida Studio Theatre campus forthcoming in early 2020).

Florida Studio Theatre Artists perform the 1905 play Barks & Purrs by Colette, who has been described as “the original cat lady.” While the two-legged family members remain in the background, Toby the French bulldog and Kiki the angora cat talk, play, and bicker. How’s the marriage going? Ask the dog and cat!

 

FEBRUARY 28 – APRIL 10 | Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art and Design

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Exhibit: The Artistic World of Colette: Paris 1900-1930

Discover the literary and artistic world of Colette’s Paris with this exhibit from the Ringling College Library’s special collections (available during library open hours).

 

Monday MARCH 2 | 10:30 a.m., Selby Public Library

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Book Club Discussion: Chéri (in English)

Led by Librarian Charlotte Thompson

Published in 1920, Colette’s Chéri is the tale of a May-December romance. Celebrate the novel’s centennial with fellow bibliophiles at this book club discussion.

 

Wednesday, MARCH 4 | 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida    

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Lecture: “Enchanting Colette: Ravel’s Musico-Magical Setting of ‘The Child and the Spells’” (in English)

Maribeth Clark, Associate Professor of Music, New College of Florida

When a child throws a tantrum, his room becomes a dreamscape: the furniture, wallpaper, and surrounding animals all begin to sing. Maribeth Clark’s discussion of L’enfant et les sortilèges—a one-act opera with libretto by Colette and music by Maurice Ravel—features musical excerpts and scenes from filmed productions.

 

Thursday MARCH 5 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (opening remarks at 6:00), Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art and Design

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Exhibit Opening and Reception: The Artistic World of Colette: Paris 1900-1930

Élyane Dezon-Jones, Professor Emerita, Washington University in St. Louis

Janelle Rebel, Special Collections Librarian

Remarks by Janelle Rebel and Élyane Dezon-Jones open the exhibit on Colette’s literary and artistic milieu—the exceptionally creative early decades of twentieth-century Paris.

 

Friday MARCH 6 | 10:30 a.m., Jack Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library

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Film Screening: Gigi (in English)

(1958; dir. Vincente Minelli, 115 min.)

The classic movie musical about a Parisian playboy and a young woman who rebels against the future her mother has planned for her—as a courtesan. Starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, and Maurice Chevalier.

 

Wednesday MARCH 11 | 7:00 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida      

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Lecture: “Chéri, cent ans après” (in French)

Marie-Françoise Berthu-Courtivron, Professor of French Literature, Université de Rennes 2, France

In 2020, Chéri turns 100: Colette’s story of a romance between Léa and a lover half her age was first published in 1920. Marie-Françoise Berthu-Courtivron discusses Chéri in the context of Colette’s body of works, its real-life inspirations, and what the novel means for readers today.

 

Thursday, March 12| 6:30 p.m., C’est la Vie restaurant, University Park (The Shoppes at University Parkway)

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Colette Dinner: Delights from Burgundy

Reservations required. (Reservation information forthcoming in early 2020.)

$39.99 plus tax and gratuity; wine available for purchase.

C’est la Vie’s French chef prepares a three-course dinner featuring delights from Colette’s native Burgundy: kir cocktail & gougère cheese puffs; Burgundian salad; beef bourguignon or vegetarian option; blackcurrant profiteroles.

 

Saturday MARCH 14 | 1:30 p.m., Jack Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library

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Film Screening: Chéri

(2009; dir. Stephen Frears, 86 min.)

A famous beauty and Chéri—the lover half her age—face the end of their affair. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, and Kathy Bates.

 

Thursday MARCH 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Writing Retreat: Write Like an Artist: Colette

Reservations required. (Reservation information forthcoming in early 2020.)

$65; $55 for members of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Alliance Française de Sarasota

Join writer Gail Condrick for a five-hour writing retreat at Selby Gardens. You’ll explore the way gardens, art, and writing intersected for Colette, and develop your own creative writing in the style of Colette while experiencing the beauty of the Gardens.

 

 

 

 

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