TABLES DE LECTURE 1, 2, 3
An inaugural experience. Invited to the initial reading of three theatre scripts, spectators enjoy a rare occasion to enter into the intimacy of the luminous outbursts and hesitations that are the early building blocks of a play.
SHARING OF VOICES
An inaugural experience, that unique moment when amidst searing intensity and silences, dreams, shapeshifting vertigo and visions suddenly appear. Invited by directors Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin to an initial reading of a theatre script, spectators enjoy a rare occasion to enter into the intimacy of the luminous outbursts and hesitations that are the early building blocks of a play. Gathered round a large table, equipped with pencils and copies of the script, they participate with the writers and actors in the fragile beginnings of a world. At the end of each reading experience, they are invited to add their voices to those of the artists.=
Three trenchant texts, each portraying a distinct dramatic landscape, have been retained by the rigorous creative duo: the dreamlike Lumières, lumières, lumières by Quebec author Evelyne de la Chenelière, in the mind of Virginia Woolf at the moment when she was writing To the Lighthouse; the incisive Au lac Noir (At Black Lake) by German playwright Dea Loher; the hilarious Orgueil, poursuite et décapitation by French writer Marion Aubert. Three singular experiences, three plunges into that moment on the threshold of creation when everything is possible.
PRODUCED BY UBU COMPAGNIE DE CRÉATION
DIRECTED AND CONCEIVED BY DENIS MARLEAU
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE STÉPHANIE JASMIN
(READING 1) WRITTEN BY EVELYNE DE LA CHENELIÈRE ADAPTED FROM TO THE LIGHTHOUSE BY VIRGINIA WOOLF PERFORMED BY ANNE-MARIE CADIEUX + EVELYNE DE LA CHENELIÈRE
(READING 2) WRITTEN BY DEA LOHER PERFORMED BY LUC BOURGEOIS + HENRI CHASSÉ + VIOLETTE CHAUVEAU + EVELYNE ROMPRÉ
(READING 3) WRITTEN BY MARION AUBERT PERFORMED BY CARL BÉCHARD + ISABEAU BLANCHE + SOPHIE CADIEUX + PIERRE CHAGNON + SYLVIE LÉONARD + BRUNO MARCIL + CHRISTIANE PASQUIER
WITH THE CONTRIBUTION OF MARION AUBERT + ANGELO BARSETTI BOUCHER + EVELYNE DE LA CHENELIÈRE + JULIEN ÉCLANCHER + MARTIN ÉMOND + DENIS GOUGEON + STÉPHANIE JASMIN + DENIS MARLEAU + JÉRÔME MINIÈRE + LAURENT MUHLEISEN + GINETTE NOISEUX + MARC PARENT
COPRODUCTION ESPACE GO
WRITTEN BY CATHERINE CYR
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
DENIS MARLEAU (MONTRÉAL)
Rigorous Theatre of Research
A major figure in contemporary theatre, director Denis Marleau has, under the aegis of the theatre company UBU, consistently presented bold and exciting stage works that are part of a remarkable approach to theatrical exploration. From his first pieces – imbued with the radical spirit of the early 20th century artistic avant-garde – to recent works marked by a desire to give voice to powerful new texts (Le dernier feu by Dea Loher, 2013; La ville by Martin Crimp, 2014), he pursues a trajectory where inventiveness and formal rigour are intertwined. Based on the Trois derniers jours de Fernando Pessoa (FTA, 1997), and with the complicity of co-artistic director Stéphanie Jasmin, he embarked on extensive research on integrating new technologies into theatre. This new dimension took full and majestic flight in Les aveugles (2002) and, since then, the company has become renowned for its staging and theatrical exploration.
With a sterling reputation, UBU occupies a privileged position in the Quebec theatre panorama, and Denis Marleau is the director invited most often to the FTA (from Merz opéra and Oulipo show in 1989 to Une fête pour Boris in 2009). For the past several years the company has also enjoyed an incomparable international reputation, particularly in France, where it has been acclaimed on the stage of the Comédie-Française and invited to the Avignon Festival on several occasions.