FESTIVAL DE THÉÂTRE DES AMÉRIQUES — 7th EDITION
Dits et inéditsYvan Bienvenue (Québec)
Dits et inédits
Six stories that pack a wallop – this isn’t for the faint of heart. Urbi and Orbi propose a fertile, enticing formula.
Exedos, la trilogieMichel Monty (Québec)
Exedos, la trilogie
Sound and fury! Michel Monty creates a violent, timeless saga that draws inspiration from every myth, that questions ideas of utopia and redemption, that rattles the cage of conventional wisdom.
Go WeastAnna Papadakos (Québec)
Real life lies elsewhere for the writers/actors/film-makers of the Montreal company Dummies.
L’insomnieRobert Marinier (Canada)
Gilles Boudin can no longer sleep, and it is driving him out of his mind. His oh-so-ordinary life is turned topsy-turvy with insomnia, fluctuating between dream and reality, between a persecution complex and acute lucidity.
Le piège, terre des hommesPhilippe Soldevila (Québec)
Le piège, terre des hommes
An apparently gratuitous crime involves two adolescent suspects, two witnesses and a detective. A powerful script, crackling dialogue, spare and incisive directing, judicious musical accompaniment and excellent young actors all spell success for Théâtre du Paradoxe.
Les sept branches de la rivière OtaRobert Lepage (Québec)
Les sept branches de la rivière Ota
The integral version of the most ambitious and most fascinating work of Robert Lepage is in Montreal at long last. It is Hiroshima, fifty years later. Visiting the city, which he had presumed to be still full of horror, Robert Lepage was surprised to discover a flourishing city with its eye on the future, and made it the meeting place for his fictional characters.
Les trois derniers jours de Fernando PessoaDenis Marleau (Québec)
Les trois derniers jours de Fernando Pessoa
Ghostly figures take turns watching over a dying man.
LittoralWajdi Mouawad (Québec)
A man wants to bury his father, who died sitting on a bench.
Matines: Sade au petit déjeunerRobert Gravel et Jean-Pierre Ronfard (Québec)
Matines: Sade au petit déjeuner
Powerful and brilliant, this production by the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental provides the audience with a morning wake-up, croissants for breakfast, a play within a play, wild and lustful stories and even a revolutionary manifesto.
OestrusJean-Frédéric Messier (Québec)
Texte et mise en scène de Jean-Frédéric Messier Momentum
OrPol Pelletier (Québec)
With her Trilogie des histoires, Pol Pelletier proves to be a real alchemist, turning Joie into Océan and then transmuting that into Or.
OresteaRomeo Castellucci (Italia)
Apes and donkeys, actors chosen for their beauty or their ugliness, bizarre plumbing from which showers of blood gush forth… The aesthetic treatment to which Orestes is subjected to by Italy’s most controversial director is radical.
Pearls for PigsRichard Foreman (United-States)
Pearls for Pigs
Periodo Villa VillaDiqui James et Pichón Baldinu (Argentina)
Periodo Villa Villa
The performers in the Argentine company De La Guarda are actors, dancers, acrobats, mountain climbers and much more. They have created an outstanding show, a sort of theatrical happening for thrill seekers.
Si j’avais la seule possession dessus le jugement dernierJean-Frédéric Messier (Québec)
Si j’avais la seule possession dessus le jugement dernier
A sailor with an oyster for a heart, a devil with a French accent, a hanged woman with the power of speech, language inspired by Cajun French and a fragmented dramatic logic have made this a vibrant, surprising play by a new writer, well served by Jean-Frédéric Messier’s fluid directing.
Stunde Null Oder Die Des ServierensChristoph Marthaler (Germany)
Stunde Null Oder Die Des Servierens
A rising star in the German theatre and opera world, Christoph Marthaler oversees in Stunde Null a pathetic and farcical ballet about a bunch of old and jaded kids who learn to shake hands, cut ribbons and convincingly spout hollow, bombastic phrases in public.
The NorthWilliam Yang (Australia)
Illustrated by superb images and full of subtle humour, photographer William Yang’s quest for identity takes place on stage in half-tones, in a sober and discreet telling set to a soothing musical soundscape.
Thérèse, Tom et Simon…Robert Gravel (Québec)
Thérèse, Tom et Simon…
Fins de party, récits d’horreurs quotidiennes, conversations de taverne: pour Robert Gravel, cet homme de théâtre immense disparu en août dernier, tout – et surtout le presque rien – était matière à théâtre.
Tinka’s New DressRonnie Burkett (Canada)
Tinka’s New Dress
This very beautiful and touching work by master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett puts a charming spin on a serious story based on real events that occurred in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War.
Trys seserysEimuntas Nekrosius (Lithuania)
Bodies speak densely and souls confront each other in this violent, fantastical recounting of Chekhov’s play, revealed in all its harshness through the talented performances of a troupe of Lithuanian actors.