An astounding urban walkabout at the corner of Bélanger Street and 2nd Avenue. A blistering attack on the empty talk and pious hopes of living together in harmony.
Like many, Jean-François would like to believe in living together in harmony. Through an alter ego moulded by the everyday cowardly acts of the middle class, the actor and writer J-F Nadeau, accompanied by a hideous doll and swept along by the ferociously mocking funk music of Stéfan Boucher, takes the audience on an astounding urban walkabout. On a street corner near his home he learns the hard way that racism is quite insignificant compared to the indifference that is the first rule of social peace.
Inspired by psycho-geography, which questions the effect of the geographical environment on the individual, Nadeau and Boucher wildly and playfully dissect the commercial section of Bélanger Street at the corner of 2nd Avenue, where businesses from diverse cultures stand side by each in unwavering mutual ignorance. Expressed in spectacularly rhythmic language, it is a blistering attack on our empty talk and pious hopes.
Produced by La Tourbière
Written by J-F Nadeau
Directed by J-F Nadeau + Stéfan Boucher
Performed by J-F Nadeau + Stéfan Boucher + Olivier Landry-Gagnon
Music flone: Stéfan Boucher + Olivier Landry-Gagnon
Voice Gisèle Kayembe
Set Design Jonas V. Bouchard
Costume and Props Design Elen Ewing
Lighting Design, Assistant Director and Stage Manager Jeanne Fortin-L.
Video Geneviève Albert
Outside Eyes Madeleine Péloquin
Advisors Jean-Philippe Pleau + Marie-Sophie Banville
Technical Director Martin Mantha
Production Director Rachel Gamache
Diction Training Marie-Eve Pelletier
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
Presented in association with Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui
Written by Paul Lefebvre
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, June 2, 2018
J-F Nadeau (Montreal)
An actor and atypical artist, creator of shows that are well-considered, playful and always unsettling, J-F Nadeau is a cinema and communications graduate of UQAM (1998) who also studied at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (2002).
His works incIude P.R.O.U.N. (2004), Sac à sacs (2009), Le chaperon est-il si rouge que ça ? with David-Alexandre Després (2012) and AVALe (in collaboration with the collective Joe Jack et John, 2013). He has written scripts for television shows aimed at young audiences (Tactik) as well as a philosophy game for mobile apps, Le cancer du temps (NFB, 2014). Since 2011 he has been a member of the political humour group Les Zapartistes. In 2015 he created with Stéfan Boucher Tungstène de bile (based on his poetry anthology, Éditions de L’Écrou), an entertaining and alarming exploration of ordinary alienation and everyday violence.
Stéfan Boucher (Montreal)
The very versatile Stéfan Boucher has a B.A. in musical performance from McGill University (1991).
He composes music for theatre, dance and circus shows, and also for cinema and television. His music plays with electronic experimentation and song and is muscular and pulsating, with rousing leitmotifs.
He has often worked with choreographers, including Frédérick Gravel (Ainsi parlait…, FTA, 2013, and Tout se pète la gueule, chérie, FTA, 2010), and Dave St-Pierre (Foudres, Fake, Bastard-Macbeth and Parachute), as well as the theatre directors Jean-Frédéric Messier, Angela Konrad, Stéphane Crête, Marie Charlebois, Brigitte Poupart and Marc Beaupré, for whom he recently created the soundtrack for L’iliade at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.