An activist and performance artist, Pascale Drevillon explodes our vision of a binary world. Explore with her the wide spectrum of possible genders.
A performance artist and activist for the rights of transgender people, Pascale Drevillon explodes our vision of a binary world. Observe along with her a chrysalis struggling to live. Discover the androgynous, follow a violent young man, a misfit. Watch as he metamorphoses into a doll in flamboyant makeup. Witness the emergence of a complex and poignant human being. Explore the spectrum of possible genders.
Every gesture of preparing for the transformation is captivating. Time is distended, the artist moulds her new form, her reinvented self. On video or in photos, other testimonials make their appearance. Present since the dawn of time, transgender identity here becomes a courageous odyssey of the soul through myriad alternatives. Our attributes are perhaps not as specific and unchangeable as we think. One thing, though, is certain—we are all part of the human race.
Produced by Pascale Drevillon + Geoffrey Gaquère
Created and performed by Pascale Drevillon
Directed by Geoffrey Gaquère
Performer and Stage Manager Andréanne Samson
Set Design Léa Pennel
Lighting Design Cédric Delorme-Bouchard<
Music Bibi Club
Video Consultant Julien Blais
Movement Advisor Mélanie Demers
Production Director Caroline Ferland
Technical Director and Stage Manager Sarah Laval
Video Performers Soleil Launière + Robbie Madsen
Exhibition Photographs Ianna Book + Pascale Drevillon + Myriam Forest-Arsenault + Geoffrey-Gaquère + Daniel Garneau + Julie Laurin + Andréanne Samson + Geneviève Zefort
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
Presented in association with Agora de la danse
Creative residencies Espace Libre + Maison de la culture Maisonneuve + École supérieure de théâtre de l’UQAM
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 31, 2019
Pascale Drevillon (Montreal)
An actress outside the norm, Pascale Drevillon studied acting and performance at UQAM and graduated in 2015.
In 2017 she made her mark playing the lead role in the short film PRE-DRINK by Marc-Antoine Lemire. Presented at over sixty film events, it received a number of awards, notably at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and the Toronto International Film Festival. She collaborates with other committed artists such as Dave St-Pierre, and is part of the Cool Cunts collective, which performed in 2017-18 at the ZH Festival, at the UQAM Gallery and in a Short and Sweet event at the FTA 2017. Her choice of roles is focused on unique stories and performances, whether Platonov, amour, haine et angles morts, a Chekhov adaptation by Angela Konrad, or La guérilla de l’ordinaire by Marie-Ève Milot and Marie-Claude Saint-Laurent.
Genderf*cker was presented as a work-in-progress at the ZH Festival and the Festival Phénomena in 2018.
Geoffrey Gaquère (Montreal)
Born and raised in Belgium, the actor and director Geoffrey Gaquère settled in Quebec in 1996.
Passionate about creating new work, he co-founded Théâtre Debout in 2008, produced and directed Enquête sur le pire by Fanny Britt at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui and Dénominateur commun by François Archambault and Emmanuelle Jimenez, presented at La Licorne. As an actor he has performed at the TNM for the directors René Richard Cyr and Alice Ronfard, and also in Moi, dans les ruines rouges by Olivier Kemeid at the Quat’Sous. In 2014 he became artistic director and co-general manager of the Théâtre Espace Libre, where he co-directed Camillien Houde « le p’tit gars de Sainte-Marie » as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.