P.O.R.N. (Portrait of Restless Narcissism) [Cancelled]
Two maverick freethinkers present Theatre 2.0 for a mature audience, where the intoxicating dark corners of the Net become fascinating, unsettling eye candy.
A window appears on a screen, a Web landscape, a peek into shadowy nightlife. The digital avatars of Christian Lapointe and Nadia Ross hook up, live. Their words soon become bargaining chips. Webcamming, chatting, browsing, sexting. Theatre 2.0 for an adult audience where the intoxicating dark corners of the Net become eye candy for the spectator, fascinating yet unsettling.
Digital networks and interfaces proliferate in the modern world, the click-click-clicks announcing our insatiable lusts and desires, turning inter-personal relations into human transactions. With each connection, each signal sent, the siren song of Web pornography gains ground. In P.O.R.N., two maverick freethinkers of the theatre set this machine of desire into motion, seeking a way out. What hope of consolation is there for our individual solitudes? A plunge into the hidden realities of the age of Narcissus, and the calamitous promise of his reflection.
Produced by Carte blanche + STO Union
Conceived, written, directed and performed by Christian Lapointe + Nadia Ross
Videography Lionel Arnould
Set Design Geneviève Lizotte
Lighting Design Steve Lucas
Assistant Director and Stage Manager Emanuelle Kirouac-Sanche
Technical Director on Tour and Sound Gabriel Filiatreault
Technical Director Mickaël Tétrault-Ménard
Production and Technical Assistant Robert Scott
Photography and Video David Irvine
Production Manager Emilie Martel
Producer and Tour Manager Shauna Kadyschuk
Carte blanche Administrative Coordinator Isabelle Tougne
Technical Director (Phase 1 Development) Matéo Thébaudeau
Translated by Christine Fournier
Co-Produced by Festival TransAmériques + Theater der Welt 2020 (Düsseldorf) + HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) + BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen)
Developed with support of National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund (Ottawa) + Ville de Québec
Presented in association with Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui
Written by Myriam Perraton-Lambert
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Theater der Welt, Düsseldorf, on May 18, 2020
Christian Lapointe (Quebec City)
The artistic director of Carte blanche Christian Lapointe has been making artistic and pedagogical mischief for the past two decades in works that combine research and action, reflection and creation.
His dramatic reworkings of modern and contemporary plays (Maeterlinck, Handke, Crimp, Duras) have made him a force to reckon with in Quebec theatre. His Théâtre de la disparition cycle, including C.H.S (FTA, 2008), and his unforgettable 70-hour marathon performance in Tout Artaud?! (FTA, 2015), reveal his taste for art that is an extreme workout for both voice and body. With Constituons! (FTA, 2019), Lapointe mobilized citizens, scholars and experts in an ambitious communal project to create a Quebec constitution.
Lapointe and Ross met at the awards ceremony for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize, for which both were finalists, a moment imbued with the promise of creative collusion. That complicity led to P.O.R.N. (Portrait of Restless Narcissism), whose first stage of creation was presented at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in March 2018. The script and elliptical dialogue were constructed from material found on the Net, and the piece received the Critics’ Award in Quebec City in 2018.
Nadia Ross (Wakefield)
The founder and artistic director of STO Union, Nadia Ross has continuously explored the thresholds of the theatre event.
Progressive and protean, she seeks to renew the collaborative forms of the inter-artistic scene by working with diverse communities, art forms and new technologies. Her performance installations/public experiences have featured intimate portraits of figures and communities, like Recent Experiences (FTA, 2001) with the artist Jacob Wren, 7 Important Things (FTA, 2008) with the counter-culture figure George Acheson and What Happened to the Seeker? (FTA, 2015), the fruit of a collaboration involving the STO Union team and the village of Wakefield, Quebec. Ross is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.