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  • Alliance Française de Melbourne 51 Grey Street St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia (map)

Nadja-Léona concept and direction by Jude Walton with Finnish based performer Gesa Piper, dancers/choreographers: Michaela Pegum, Jo White, Hillary Goldsmith and Arabella Frahn-Starkie, composer/pianist Kym Dillon and artist Eliza Dyball.

Nadja-Léona is an activated installation/ performance that investigates the writing of André Breton bringing a contemporary feminist perspective to his iconic text of Nadja. It re-asks Breton’s question to Nadja ‘Who are you?’ to which she replied ‘I am the soul in limbo’.

Breton met Nadja, whose real name was Léona Delcourt, on the streets of Paris and began an affair that lasted nine days.

While Breton’s book, and the places he and Nadja visited form the initial stimulus for the work it is not a simple narrative of events but extends into a wider exploration of the unconscious activity of the mind and the intellectual, literary and psychological concerns of Surrealism.

Jude is the recipient of the 2018 Georges Mora Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria that is providing support for the development and performance of Nadja-Léona.


Wed 28 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Preview)

Thu 29 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Opening night)

Fri 30 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Sat 01 Dec, 3:00pm to 4:30pm (followed by a Q&A with artistic director Jude Walton)

Sat 01 Dec, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Adult $30 / Concession $20


Bookings are essential as seating is limited book here now

Earlier Event: November 21
Later Event: February 16
Brook Andrew - La Razza: Quiet Noise