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L’HISTOIRE RÉVÉLÉE DU CANADA FRANÇAIS, 1608-1998

ALEXIS MARTIN + DANIEL BRIÈRE | NOUVEAU THÉÂTRE EXPÉRIMENTAL

Food, water travel and heating: three aspects “revealed” in this unusual, burlesque and sometimes troubling journey through the unknown history of French Canada.

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THE INCONGRUOUS STORY OF A NATION THAT MAKES NO SENSE
Between a French Canada that refuses to die and a Quebec that has yet to be born, it comes as no surprise that history here (which dreams of its capital H) has not been transformed into a glorious narrative. Even so the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, fuelled with assumed erudition and megalomania, pursues three shortcuts in a journey through four centuries of Quebec history: staying warm, water travel and food, three aspects of history “revealed” in an unusual epic portraying who we are.

The complete version of this astounding historical trilogy that the NTE, at its most outrageous and its most baroque, has created to mark its 35th anniversary, is being presented only at the FTA. We know nothing – obviously! – of the final section of the triptych, Le pain et le vin, other than the fact that Jehane Benoît will be ranked as highly as Gaston Miron, Frontenac and other timber raftsmen from the Mauricie, merging into this unpredictable saga where the burlesque rubs shoulders with the serious in an obstinate quest to detect a common course in our history.

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PRODUCED BY NOUVEAU THÉÂTRE EXPÉRIMENTAL

WRITTEN BY ALEXIS MARTIN

DIRECTED BY DANIEL BRIÈRE

PERFORMED BY GARY BOUDREAULT + BENOÎT DROUIN-GERMAIN + STEVE LAPLANTE + PIERRE-ANTOINE LASNIER + ALEXIS MARTIN + FRANÇOIS PAPINEAU + DOMINIQUE PÉTIN + CARL POLIQUIN + DANIELLE PROULX + MARIE-ÈVE TRUDEL

SET DESIGN MICHEL OSTASZEWSKI

COSTUME DESIGN JUDY JONKER

LIGHTING DESIGN NICOLAS DESCÔTEAUX

VIDEO YVES LABELLE

SOUND DESIGN ANTHONY ROZANKOVIC

COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES

WRITTEN BY PAUL LEFEBVRE

TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH

WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, MAY 23, 2014 

 

ALEXIS MARTIN + DANIEL BRIÈRE | NOUVEAU THÉÂTRE EXPÉRIMENTAL (MONTRÉAL)

Rigour and Nonchalance, Silliness and Seriousness
Created in 1979 after seceding from the Théâtre expérimental de Montréal (founded four years earlier), the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (NTE) was initially led by director and writer Jean-Pierre Ronfard (1979 to 2003) and the actor and playwright Robert Gravel (until 1996).

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