Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion


If the traveler and explorer is well known, other aspects of her life are much less known.

In the course of lectures we will address two of them.

Wednesday, September 22 at 4pm:

His career as an opera singer

She was a singer and wrote a book The Great Art about the life of a singer, the first part of which is obviously her experience.

She also wrote the libretto for an opera Lidia that her lover at the time Jean Hautstont set to music and that she sang. Samuel Thévoz , Doctor of Letters from the University of Lausanne, associate researcher at the University Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris 3 / UMR 7172 THALIM, who participated in the edition of Grand Art will comment on her career.

Frédérique Varda and Jean Goyetche recorded an excerpt from Lidia, which has never been edited.

This excerpt will be screened in the presence of the two singers who will comment on it.

Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis who wrote a book Alexandra David-Néel - 100 years of adventure and made a film about her will participate in this conference.

Thursday, September 23 at 4pm:

Ses engagements politiques

Feminist, anarchist and freemason Alexandra David Néel has been deeply involved in various struggles.

Christine Roux, Doctor of Letters, will talk about her involvement in Freemasonry.
Nicolas Eprendre will discuss her relationship with Elysée Reclus and anarchy.
Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis will talk about her feminist struggle.
Master Emmanuel Pierrat, who is familiar with Freemasonry in India, will discuss this aspect. The Maharaja of Sikkim, a great friend of Alexandra David-Néel, belonged to a lodge in Calcutta.

These two conferences will be held at :

Centre Tchèque

18, rue Bonaparte.

Access will be primarily reserved for members of the association and the sanitary rules imposed according to the context will be respected.