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La vie utile

Evelyne de la Chenelière, Marie Brassard

Past, present, future. A fascinating journey into the heart of memory awakened, a final conversation between the living and the dead. An exploration of how we come to grips with time.


Jeanne is going to die. Her decline drags on, but her spirit is unyielding, resists. The end drifts off into the distance, only to return at a gallop. The past and the present merge and overlap. Thus begins a fascinating journey into the heart of memory, which is clawing its way to the fore. A unique moment of theatre created by two major ambassadors of Quebec theatre: Marie Brassard and Evelyne de la Chenelière.

In this dizzying piece for five voices, the final whisper, like a last-minute blare of thought, seeks a response to the upheavals of life. A final battle against indifferent, deadening looks, the last duel between self-absorption and the desires of others, one last conversation between the living and the dead. What should be believed, feared or hoped for at the end of this vie utile (useful life)? A highly theatrical exploration of how we come to grips with time. Which, of course, flies.


Produced by ESPACE GO
Written by Evelyne de la Chenelière
Directed by Marie Brassard
Performed by Christine Beaulieu + Sophie Cadieux + Evelyne de la Chenelière + Louis Negin + Jules Roy Sicotte
Set Design Antonin Sorel
Lighting Design Sonoyo Nishikawa
Music and Sound Design Jonathan Parant
Film-video Making Karl Lemieux
Video Mapping Guillaume Arseneault
Sound Manager Frédéric Auger
Costume Design UNTTLD José Manuel St-Jacques + Simon Bélanger
Make-up and Hair Angelo Barsetti
Assistant Director Emanuelle Kirouac
Assistant Set Design and Props Alex Hercule Desjardins

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques in collaboration with Infrarouge
Codiffusion ESPACE GO


Evelyne de la Chenelière (Montréal)

The writer and actress Evelyne de la Chenelière approaches writing a play like a research laboratory, a workshop where she fabricates a script destined for the stage, a text to be embodied by actors.

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Marie Brassard (Montréal)

An iconoclastic artist and an inspired director, Marie Brassard is fearless.

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