music reading; Augustin De Piis: from Haiti to the Tuileries, a Franco-Haitian writer during the Revolution Historical Library of the City of Paris, March 20, 2023, Paris.
music reading; Augustin De Piis: from Haiti to the Tuileries, a Franco-Haitian writer during the Revolution Monday, March 20, 7 p.m. Historical Library of the City of Paris
Event taking place as part of French Language and Francophonie Week 2023
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Pierre-Antoine-Augustin de Piis was an 18th century writer, playwright, poet and composer. He inaugurates this wave of writers from the “people of color” and very active during the French Revolution. His date and place of birth are still unclear: he was born in Paris in 1755 or arrived by boat in Bordeaux where he is identified as a “quadroon”. His mother is probably a freed slave whose identity remains unknown; his father, Baron de Piis and Chevalier de Saint-Louis, was a major in the army in Saint-Domingue from 1766 to 1779. He also owned Le Dondon, a town in northern Haiti.
Augustin de Piis, despite his illegitimate origins, received a French education and attended the Collège d’Harcourt in Paris. He became a senior official occupying, among other things, the post of Secretary General of the Prefecture of Police in the territory of Paris. At the same time, he led an exceptional literary career for his time. At 20, he published his first play, a parody of Alceste entitled La Bonne Femme, which was a success. To his credit, around forty plays, some entirely in vaudeville and in collaboration with other authors including Pierre-Yves Barré, around twenty collections of poetry, as well as a booklet of songs entirely composed by him and sung at the theater and at the Tuileries. In 1776, he founded and co-directed with his friend Barré the Théâtre du Vaudeville located rue de Chartres-Saint-Honoré then, later, the Théâtre des Troubadours.
Citizen of color during the Revolution, Augustin de Piis will not escape his origins, in particular from September 28, 1791, the date which marks the entry of people of color born of free parents into the group of French citizens. In 1790, he left for Santo Domingo to settle the estate of his father, who had just died. On his return, he composed a song to celebrate the abolition of slavery, daring a few verses in Creole. The latter is sung at the Tuileries four days after the vote on the law.
Pierre-Antoine-Augustin de Piis, died on May 22, 1832. As an echo of his personal history, the definitive abolition of slavery in Martinique will be recorded on May 22, 1848.
The Grand Balan company gives voice to this writer.
She gives you to hear a selection of her texts, set to music with:
Yasmina Ho-You-Fat: narrator and director.
Atissou Loko: percussionist.
Amos Coulanges: composer, guitarist and performer.
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music reading; Augustin De Piis: from Haiti to the Tuileries, a Franco-Haitian writer during the Revolution Historical Library of the City of Paris Historical Library of the City of Paris Monday, March 20, 2023