On February 9, 2015, radio host Marie-France Bazzo talked with the philosopher Alain Deneault about tax evasion. A virulent, spirited and infuriated choreography.
On February 9, 2015, the Ici Radio-Canada Première radio host Marie-France Bazzo talked with the economist and philosopher Alain Deneault about tax evasion. Infuriated by what they heard, Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland responded with a virulent, spirited choreography, a reinterpretation of the interview that brilliantly portrays this economic scourge.
Breathless, absurd and outlandish dance gymnastics accompany the voices, helping the audience feel in their bones the direct consequences of a system that affects us all. Propelled by the artists’ virtuosity, the portrayal is coupled with weighty reflection on governments’ abdication of responsibility, and how legislatures are controlled by a handful of oligarchs. Repeated at high speed, stretched, truncated or distorted, the « verbatim as performance » presentation exposes the great scam that this legalized tax fraud havens constitutes. Very astute clowns, Dufresne and Béland perfectly reflect the rage and powerlessness of citizens. Paradise for a few, hell for everyone else.
Produced by Marc Béland + Alix Dufresne
Executive Producer LA SERRE – arts vivants
Conceived and performed by Marc Béland + Alix Dufresne
Outside Eye Sophie Corriveau
Dramaturgy Andréane Roy
Sound Composition Larsen Lupin
Set and Costume Design Odile Gamache
Lighting Design Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Technical Director and Stage Manager Caroline Nadeau
Creative residencies Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies + Compagnie Marie Chouinard + Festival Quartiers Danses + Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) + Les Brigittines (Brussels) + Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal + Théâtre du Marais (Val-Morin)
Presented in association with Monument-National
Bazzo, M-F. (2015, 9 février). Entrevue avec Alain Deneault : Fortunes canadiennes à l’abri de l’impôt en Suisse avec Alain Deneault. Ici Radio-Canada Première
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Montreal, on October 29, 2018
Marc Béland (Montreal)
An incandescent, versatile actor, Marc Béland is also a politically engaged citizen artist.
He began his career as a brilliant performer with La La La Human Steps in the 1980s. His acting in everything from Cabaret neiges noires to La mouette is marked by inner fire and implacable precision. He has worked on many occasions with the director Brigitte Haentjens, notably in the roles of Caligula and Woyceck. His work as a director includes staging Hamlet at the TNM in 2011, a piece he knew well, given that two decades earlier he had played the title role.
A gifted young graduate (2014) of the National Theatre School’s directing program, Alix Dufresne is interested in both dance and theatre, and makes dramatic use of non-theatrical objects such as novels, poems, voodoo chants and soundscapes. In 2014 she presented Les paroles (The Words) by the Australian playwright Daniel Keene at Théâtre Prospero, her first encounter with Marc Béland, who was one of the actors. During an artistic residency at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, she created Nuits frauduleuses in 2017, a piece based on works by Quebec poets from generation Y. In 2018 she staged the Geneviève Petersen novel La déesse des mouches à feu working with a dozen adolescents, a show that won the 2017-18 Critics’ Award.
Alix Dufresne (Montreal)
For their first collaboration, Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland make use of shared artistic practice to create a strong echo of the voices of those sounding the alarm about troubling events and trends in the modern world.
Using the stage as a platform for protest, coupled with effective use of trenchant media material, they open the spectator’s imagination to broader horizons. Initially presented in workshop form at OFFTA in 2016, Hidden Paradise was presented at La Chapelle and later at the NEXT Festival in Belgium in 2018.