La fureur de ce que je pense
A dazzling scrutiny of the writings of Nelly Arcan. With six exceptional actresses and a bewitching dancer, Marie Brassard probes the unfathomable power of woman.
With six exceptional actresses and a bewitching dancer, Marie Brassard orchestrates a dazzling scrutiny of the life and writings of Nelly Arcan. In an original restructuring of her novels Whore, Folle and Burqa of Skin, her ode probes the unfathomable power of the female. After the success of this extraordinary production first presented in 2013 at ESPACE GO, the FTA is subjecting the audience to a shock it will long remember. Turmoil that is indeed essential.
Displayed in rooms exposed to public view are women of subdued intellect, palpable hypersensitivity and idealized beauty. Like the gifted writer who died far too soon, they portray the unspeakable pain of being a woman, for indeed Nelly Arcan was imprisoned by an image of perfection, a writer tortured by her female gender, an intellectual contorted by incessant suffering. But as is apparent in this sophisticated piece by Marie Brassard, she was also a writer of the cosmos in search of light, of something larger than ourselves.
Produced by Infrarouge
Written by Nelly Arcan
Adapted and directed by Marie Brassard
Ideation and development Sophie Cadieux
Collaborator to the adaptation and dramaturg Daniel Canty
Performed by Christine Beaulieu + Sophie Cadieux + Larissa Corriveau + Johanne Haberlin + Evelyne de la Chenelière + Julie Le Breton + Anne Thériault
Set design and props Antonin Sorel
Lighting design Mikko Hynninen
Music Alexander MacSween
Sound design Frédéric Auger
Costume design Catherine Chagnon
Costume Design Assistant Éric Poirier
Make-up Jacques-Lee Pelletier
Hair Patrick G. Nadeau
Production manager Anne MacDougall
Technical Director – set Jean François Landry
Audio Engineers Frédéric Auger + David Blouin
Technical Director Mateo Thebaudeau
Englaish Translation Oana Avasilichioaei
Touring Agent Menno Plucker
Written by Philippe Couture
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video Les Productions Lombric
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + National Arts Centre French Theatre (Ottawa) + PARCO (Tokyo)
Presented in association with Usine C
Premièred at Théâtre ESPACE GO, Montreal, on April 9, 2013
Nelly Arcan + Marie Brassard (Montréal)
A regular at the FTA where she has presented several solo shows, Marie Brassard is an iconoclastic artist who invents one fascinating technological universe after another.
In Jimmy, créature de rêve (2001) and in Peepshow (2005), she amplified and altered the human voice to create dreamlike worlds and augment identities. In Moi qui me parle à moi-même dans le futur (2011) and L’invisible (2008), she presented auto-fiction that deconstructed her psyche and her memory in visually fantastical realms. She delves into dreams and the irrational, tracking down the abstractions and mysteries of the world. A tireless researcher and noted director, she is also an actress, an adventurer who embraces metamorphoses of all sorts.
In conjunction with her interdisciplinary stage work, over the years she has established an eclectic repertoire featuring pieces with shifting and overlapping time frames and multiple levels of storytelling. La fureur de ce que je pense, first presented to sold-out houses at ESPACE GO in 2013, pursues that layered writing of superimposed, embedded thoughts and narratives. This brilliant collage of works by Nelly Arcan also allows Marie Brassard to direct for the very first time a group of actresses on a large stage.
The shows produced by her company Infrarouge are often the fruit of scintillating dialogue with the composer Alexander MacSween, whose electronic music and atmospheres are an integral part of her stage vocabulary.