The brilliant writer Étienne Lepage and the wild choreographer Frédérick Gravel have created an unclassifiable pop piece that is cheeky and devilishly sexy. A good slap to the face of conformism.
In his own way, each disrupts the established order, bodily seizing hold of our era and exploding the codes and conventions of theatre and dance. Together, the brilliant writer Étienne Lepage and the frenzied choreographer Frédérick Gravel have concocted a pop piece that is cheeky and devilishly sexy. From Nietzsche to Hendrix, it shifts in jolts from scathing diatribe to rock and roll show, from electrifying harangue to laid-back stance, striking a good smack to the face of conformism.
In movement that is in constant counterpoint to unclassifiable texts, four performers take on the contradictions of society. Playing with conventions, the offhand, impudent tone of these disruptive freethinkers is an antidote to moroseness and apathy. Theirs is a theatre of combat – provocative, reckless, constructive. An entanglement of forms, a fusion of energies, Ainsi parlait… offers an experience that promises to be far from tepid. Unique.
PRODUCED BY FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL + ÉTIENNE LEPAGE
WRITTEN BY ÉTIENNE LEPAGE
MOVEMENT FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL
DIRECTION AND SET DESIGNFRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL + ÉTIENNE LEPAGE
PERFORMED BY DANIEL PARENT + MARILYN PERREAULT + ÉRIC ROBIDOUX + ANNE THÉRIAULT
LIGHTING DESIGN FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL
SOUND DESIGN STÉPHANE BOUCHER
COSTUME DESIGN ELEN EWING
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ DANSE
PHOTO STÉPHANE NAJMAN / PHOTOMAN
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + AUTOMNE EN NORMANDIE (ROUEN)
CREATIVE RESIDENCIES MAISON DE LA CULTURE FRONTENAC + AGORA DE LA DANSE
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGORA DE LA DANSE
WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, JUNE 5, 2013
FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL (MONTREAL)
The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer Frédérick Gravel has been active on the Montreal scene for the past dozen years.
He turns the structures of choreography upside down, incorporating into his work diverse elements linked to rock and performance art. An advocate for the intermingling of cultures and disciplines, he won over FTA audiences in 2009 with Gravel Works, which was then invited to the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis. In 2010 he returned to the FTA with Tout se pète la gueule, chérie. Always present where least expected, he collaborated with Pierre Lapointe on Mutantès (2009), and his most recent piece Usually, Beauty Fails was presented in November 2012 at Cinquième Salle in Place des Arts.
ÉTIENNE LEPAGE (MONTREAL)
In 2009 Étienne Lepage’s play Rouge gueule marked in impressive fashion the arrival of this young writer and translator whose incisive, forceful language gives voice to a distraught generation with characters who are unsettled, lost and terribly human.
A versatile artist, he co-wrote Éclats et autres libertés, a play for young audiences that won the Louise Lahaye Award in 2010. His play Histoires pour faire des cauchemars was presented by the Théâtre Barakha in Brussels. A brilliant writer of dialogue, he presented the cruel love fable Robin et Marion at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 2012. He recently received the AQCT Critics’ award for best original script for L’enclos de l’éléphant, presented at the FTA in 2011.