Le partage: Yes, of course, but...

Autofiction in 3D written, directed and performed by Emmanuel Schwartz, presented at the NAC from May 18 to May 20

May 10, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – With Le partage, the second instalment of his trilogy Essais that began with L’exhibition, the incomparable Emmanuel Schwartz continues his exploration of the dramatic concept of “story within a story.” Familiar to NAC audiences for his appearances in Nathan (2012), Le tigre bleu de l’Euphrate (2018) and Un. Deux. Trois. (2022), Schwartz now turns his attention to the notion of creative identity as he unashamedly recounts his spectacular freefall. 

“Everyone thinks they know actors. Sure, they’ve seen someone on TV, in a play or in a movie. But what everyone thinks they recognize isn’t that person: rather, it’s a cobbled-together collection of bits and pieces of the characters the actor has played and that may coexist inside them, deep within, under the skin, the flesh, the bones, like tropical fish piled up in an empty aquarium and reflected in a fogged-up store window,” muses Schwartz in the play.

On stage, surrounded by an ingenious 3D projection system, he walks without a net, one step at the time, on the thin line of auto-fiction. Codirected by Alice Ronfard, the story of the young prodigy’s epic downfall allows him to demonstrate, with uninhibited generosity, the full range of his talent as he recalls his journey back into the world.



An intense and polymorphous performer, Emmanuel Schwartz moves easily from acting to writing and directing. For more than a decade he has been supported many institutions: the NAC French Theatre, the Festival TransAmériques, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines and the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. He has worked with great creators such as Wajdi Mouawad, Denis Marleau, Dave Saint-Pierre, Mani Soleymanlou and Jan Lauwers’ famous Needcompany, as well as participting in movies by Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways), Denis Villeneuve (Next Floor), François Girard (Hochelaga, terre des âmes – for which he received an award for best supporting actor at Iris 2018) and many others. From 2005 to 2012, he co-directed, with Wajdi Mouawad, the company AbéCarréCéCarré. In 2019, he founded La Clairière, compagnie de création. In 2022, he was spokesperson for the 40th edition of Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma.



Azrieli Studio
May 18-19, 8 pm / On Friday, a talk with the artist will follow the performance. 

May 20, 4 pm

Under30 tickets are for anybody under the age of 30.

To purchase tickets, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/31895 or call 1-844-985-2787 (ARTS). To find out what you need to know before accessing the building and facilities, click: https://nac-cna.ca/en/visit  

Visit the NAC website to learn more about the 2022–2023 NAC French Theatre season.



The National Arts Centre Foundation would like to thank Lead Donor, the Slaight Family Foundation, Supporting Partner of French Theatre, Québecor, and Official Hotel Partner, Embassy Hotel & Suites.



The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams – the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety – and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation.





Sylvain Lavoie

Communications Strategist, French Theatre

National Arts Centre



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