What value do you give to theatre? And what is the price paid for choosing theatre as a profession? NoShow makes it your own decision.
UN SHOW-MUST-GO-ON À TOUT PRIX.
They are irreverent, inventive, impudently young. They invite the spectator to a ferociously festive event, a chance to chop into a few artistic taboos, including the taboo of money. They’ll be living in tents pitched on the Place des Arts esplanade. You mean theatre doesn’t even pay the rent? Speaking of filthy lucre, you’ll have to buy your ticket on the spot, choosing from a list of six different prices – one of which is “free of charge”. But that’s merely one decision you’ll make, the first of many, for it promises to be a frenetically interactive evening! By sending a series of text messages, you determine the composition of NoShow.
According to the old saw ”The show must go on”. Alright, but why? What value do you give to theatre? And what is the price paid for choosing theatre as a profession? You’ll be an active participant in a world both real and fictional, where two ideas – the cost of theatre and its value as art – clash with predatory humour.
PRODUCED BY COLLECTIF NOUS SOMMES ICI + THÉÂTRE DUBUNKER
WRITTEN BY FRANÇOIS BERNIER + ALEXANDRE FECTEAU + HUBERT LEMIRE + MAXIME ROBIN IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PERFORMERS
DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRE FECTEAU
PERFORMED BY FRANCESCA BÁRCENAS + FRANÇOIS BERNIER + FRÉDÉRIQUE BRADET + HUBERT LEMIRE + FLORENCE LONGPRÉ + JULIEN STORINI + SOPHIE THIBEAULT
VIDEO MARILYN LAFLAMME
SOUND DESIGNER, STAGE AND TECHNICAL MANAGER OLIVIER GAUDET-SAVARD
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CINQUIÈME SALLE
WITH THE SUPPORT OF HYDRO-QUÉBEC
WRITTEN BY PAUL LEFEBVRE
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT THÉÂTRE PÉRISCOPE, QUÉBEC, MAY 21, 2013
ALEXANDRE FECTEAU | COLLECTIF NOUS SOMMES ICI + THÉÂTRE DUBUNKER (QUÉBEC + MONTRÉAL)
Rethinking the Relationship with the Spectator
Founded in Quebec City in 2008, the collective Nous sommes ici, under director Alexandre Fecteau, strives for singular theatre, theatre that is an event that directly engages the audience, with each spectator absorbed in a personal and immediate experience. Each of their pieces has an original form and structure that is based on the issues and themes underlying the work, a form whereby the relationship between actors and audience attributes an active role to the spectators. To date the company has produced L’étape – Un docuthéâtre multimédia on the phenomenon of car sharing, Changing Room, whose focus was the intimate world of drag queens, La date on the theme of seduction and hookups, and NoShow, first presented in Quebec City at the 2013 Carrefour international de théâtre.
La Troupe DuBunker, founded in 2005 by graduates of the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, favours big casts so as to reinforce the collective dimension of the theatrical act in terms of both the creative team and its relationship with the audience. Its artistic approach is based on dramaturgical discovery, whether an unknown work by Dostoyevsky (Le songe de l’oncle), a French writer unfamiliar to Quebec audiences (Le Diable en partage by Fabrice Melquiot) or a piece such as Je voudrais (pas) crever by Marc-Antoine Cyr.