LA JEUNE-FILLE ET LA MORT
Enter into this cabinet of curiosities, this classroom, this splendid book of images, this concert of eclectic music, this conference, this installation… Welcome to an extraordinary and captivating world.
Welcome to this cabinet of curiosities, a collection of odds and ends, a hodgepodge of objects tangled and eroded yet surprisingly beautiful. Enter this classroom where an imperious teacher gives dictation, leaf through this splendid book of images and aphorisms, discover this concert of eclectic music, this sardonic conference, this disconcerting ballet, this ill-assorted installation… No easy task to define this captivating universe well outside the norm.
Based on a treatise by the collective Tiqqun, the play illustrates in fragments the concept of the “girlization” of the world so characteristic of our era of overconsumption and pathological seduction. Assisted by a resourceful team of artists, Bureau de l’APA presents themselves in anarchic, inventive and poetic fashion as a critic of our society of entertainment, a rousing apostle of deconditioning. Ferociously undisciplined and rigorously unruly, these prodigious tinkerers generate emotion in uncommon ways as they deconstruct ideas, words and clichés and hijack eras, genres and styles. Blasts of protest have never blown with such grace on our certainties and convictions.
PRODUCED BY BUREAU DE L’APA
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BYLAURENCE BRUNELLE-CÔTÉ +SIMON DROUIN
ADAPTED FROM PREMIERS MATÉRIAUX POUR UNE THÉORIE DE LA JEUNE-FILLE WRITTEN BYCOLLECTIF TIQQUN
PERFORMED BY LAURENCE BRUNELLE-CÔTÉ + SIMON DROUIN + SIMON ELMALEH +ROBERT FAGUY + BERNARD LANGEVIN + PHILIPPE LESSARD-DROLET + JONASZ SLOVANSKI
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OFQUATUOR SÉPIA WITH MARIE-LOUP COTTINET + GREGORY ELLEFSEN + DANIEL FRÉCHETTE+ MAXIME THERRIEN
SET INSTALLATION STÉPHANIE BÉLIVEAU
LIGHTING DESIGN PHILIPPE LESSARD-DROLET
MUSIC CREATED AND COMPOSED BY SIMON ELMALEH
ARTISTIC OBJECTS STÉPHANIE BÉLIVEAU + ALEXANDRE FATTA +ZOÉE LAPORTE + PHILIPPE LESSARD-DROLET + PASCAL ROBITAILLE
BOOK DESIGN JÉRÔME BOURQUE + LAURENCE BRUNELLE-CÔTÉ +MÉLANIE DROUIN + SIMON DROUIN
PHOTO ÉMILIE BAILLARGEON
WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH + ANDRÉE MCNAMARA TAIT
PREMIERED AT SALLE MULTI DU COMPLEXE MÉDUSE, QUÉBEC, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
LAURENCE BRUNELLE-CÔTÉ + SIMON DROUIN (QUÉBEC)
BUREAU DE L'APA
Born in Quebec City, Laurence Brunelle-Côté is a writer and performer and Simon Drouin is a performer, designer and musician. He is one of the founding and active members of L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres, a collective that performs music “that can be seen,” a clever blend of accessible and contemporary sounds. She has occasionally participated in some of their creative pieces. Together, they are the Bureau de l’APA, a company they founded in 2001 that is an unusual undisciplined workshop for the performing arts. Their stated goal is to bring together creative artists of all backgrounds to work on hybridized projects. Their astonishing show Si ma tante avait deux roues, ce serait une bicyclette premiered in Quebec City in 2007 before being performed in Lyon in 2010.
La Jeune-Fille et la mort, created in Quebec City in 2010, was remounted in 2012 during the Mois Multi event, and again at Théâtre Espace Libre last fall. Bureau de l’APA’s next project is entitled Les oiseaux mécaniques: a non-linear classical concert with commentary that will undoubtedly be as disorienting as their previous works.