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Ainsi parlait…

FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL, ÉTIENNE LEPAGE

The brilliant writer Étienne Lepage and the wild choreographer Frédérick Gravel have created an unclassifiable pop piece that is cheeky and devilishly sexy. A good slap to the face of conformism.

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In his own way, each disrupts the established order, bodily seizing hold of our era and exploding the codes and conventions of theatre and dance. Together, the brilliant writer Étienne Lepage and the frenzied choreographer Frédérick Gravel have concocted a pop piece that is cheeky and devilishly sexy. From Nietzsche to Hendrix, it shifts in jolts from scathing diatribe to rock and roll show, from electrifying harangue to laid-back stance, striking a good smack to the face of conformism.

In movement that is in constant counterpoint to unclassifiable texts, four performers take on the contradictions of society. Playing with conventions, the offhand, impudent tone of these disruptive freethinkers is an antidote to moroseness and apathy. Theirs is a theatre of combat – provocative, reckless, constructive. An entanglement of forms, a fusion of energies, Ainsi parlait… offers an experience that promises to be far from tepid. Unique.

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PRODUCED BY FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL + ÉTIENNE LEPAGE
WRITTEN BY ÉTIENNE LEPAGE
MOVEMENT FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL
DIRECTION AND SET DESIGNFRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL + ÉTIENNE LEPAGE
PERFORMED BY DANIEL PARENT + MARILYN PERREAULT + ÉRIC ROBIDOUX + ANNE THÉRIAULT
LIGHTING DESIGN FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL
SOUND DESIGN STÉPHANE BOUCHER
COSTUME DESIGN ELEN EWING 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ DANSE
PHOTO STÉPHANE NAJMAN / PHOTOMAN 

COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + AUTOMNE EN NORMANDIE (ROUEN)
CREATIVE RESIDENCIES MAISON DE LA CULTURE FRONTENAC + AGORA DE LA DANSE

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGORA DE LA DANSE

WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH

WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, JUNE 5, 2013

 

FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL (MONTREAL)

The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer Frédérick Gravel has been active on the Montreal scene for the past dozen years.

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ÉTIENNE LEPAGE (MONTREAL)

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