La Bonne Dame
Remembering George Sand
Deborah Zall, as George Sand, depicts the emotional journey that allows Sand to identify herself as a creator. In the course of the drama Sand throws off the limitations of the world of women, without losing her femininity. She finds a way to become a part of the artistic world, typically the domain of men. The Actress reads the words of George Sand the writer, who explains the logic of her assuming a male persona to exist in the man’s world of the 19th century.
“La Bonne Dame: Remembering George Sand” premiered at the Florence Gould Hall at the the French Institute Alliance Française in June 1998. Choreographed by Deborah Zall. Directed by Harold Baldridge. The text was adapted from the writings of George Sand by Mary Humphrey Baldridge, in both French and English. The roll of the Actress was played by Jacqueline Chambord, reading the words of George Sand. Alfred de Musset, Sand’s lover, was played by Alexandre Proia.
In subsequent productions the cast included Tanny McDonald as the Actress and Nicola Iervase as Alfred de Musset.
What People Are Saying About “La Bonne Dame”
“Deborah Zall’s personifications in dance of George Sand and Tennessee William’s Amanda have been outstanding events in the 2002 season.”
Francis Mason – Ballet Review
“A wonderfully theatrical evening in which some of George Sand’s surprisingly modern writing is the setting for Deborah Zall’s superbly-danced characterization of Sand.”
Robert Neff Williams – The Juilliard School
“A beautiful work…heartrending.”
Rosemary Harris – Actress