Nicolas Bouchaud
& Sonia Wieder-Atherton

The Emperor and the Nightingale
Le Rossignol

U.S. Premiere
Sat, Apr 1 & Sun, Apr 2

FIAF Skyroom

Music & Story • Ages 4–10 • In French • 45 mins


A very limited number of free tickets may be released to the stand-by line

Two powerhouse French performers—stage actor Nicolas Bouchaud and acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder Atherton—join forces to create an imaginative, musical rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s treasured fairytale The Emperor and the Nightingale. The pair mix sounds from bells and all manners of music to tell the story of an emperor who tries to replace the love of a nightingale with a glittering mechanical bird.

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About the Artists

Nicolas Bouchaud

Nicolas Bouchaud has been an actor since 1991. He has worked with Didier-Georges Gabily on Des Cercueils de zinc, Enfonçures, Gibiers du temps, and Dom Juan / Chimères et autres bestioles. He has played withYann-Joël Collin, Hubert Colas, Bernard Sobel, and Christophe Perton, among others.  Jean-François Sivadier has directed him in such notable works as La Vie de Galilée by Brecht, La Mort de Danton by Büchner, Le Roi Lear by Shakespeare, Le Misanthrope by Molière, and Dom Juan by Molière. Recent stage works include: acting in and co-directing Partage de Midi by Paul Claudel (Festival d’Avignon 2008); adapting and playing in La Loi du marcheur (an interview with Serge Daney), directed by Éric Didry in 2010; playing in Mademoiselle Julie by Strindberg, directed by Frédéric Fisbach (Festival d’Avignon 2011); directing Deux Labiche de moins (Festival d’Automne 2012); playing in Projet Luciole by Nicolas Truong (Festival d’Avignon 2013); adapting and playing in Un métier ideal in 2013 from work by John Berger and Jean Mohr, and then in Le Méridien by Paul Celan in 2015, directed by Éric Didry; playing in Interview, directed by Nicolas Truong (Festival d’Avignon 2016). On screen, he has worked with Jacques Rivette, Edouard Niermans, Pierre Salvadori, Jean Denizot, and Mario Fanfani, among others. Nicolas Bouchaud is an Associated Artist at the Théâtre National de Strasbourg.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Internationally acclaimed cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton interprets a broad repertory, performing numerous works that have been specifically written for her both as a soloist and chamber music performer. Parallel to her career as a concert performer, she has conceived, produced and performed her own projects, which continually reconsider the concert form, opening the repertory to the sounds of time and exploring the intersections between different forms of artistic expression. Her original works have travelled the world. Wieder-Atherton is the recipient of the Bernheim Foundation Award a winner of the Rostropovich Competition. She has studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur with famed French cellist and conductor Maurice Gendron, as well as at the Moscow Conservatory.