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The Cloud

Atom Cianfarani + Alexis O'Hara , Brutus

A radical interdisciplinary journey, The Cloud is a politically engaged, joy-seeking performance set against the backdrop of environmental catastrophe. You’ll never look at data or animals the same way again!


A queer anti-capitalist performance in the image of its creators, the interdisciplinary autodidacts Alexis O’Hara and Atom Cianfarani. As the environment collapses around them, the pair—accompanied by Brutus, their singing dog —interrogate our actions and the responsibilities we have as citizens while sharing their concerns with a generous dose of humour and absurdity.

The Cloud grapples with environmental catastrophe related to the eponymous digital storage space. What might be a polluting undersea cable in the real world is transformed on stage into a monumental structure serving as a sculpture, a vessel, or a projection screen. Neither morality play nor tearjerker, The Cloud tells a science fiction-fuelled story with a satirical touch. It’s a mind-blowing journey infused with a DIY punk spirit!


Produced by Et tu, Machine
Created and performed by Atom Cianfarani + Alexis O’Hara
Sound Design Jackie Gallant + Alexis O’Hara
Video Laura-Rose R. Grenier
Lighting Design Catherine FP
Set and Costumes Design Atom Cianfarani
Outside Eye Kim-Sanh Châu + Nathalie Claude + Lenore Herrem + Jacqueline Van de Geer
Rehearsal Director and Stage Manager Sarah Williams

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaine + Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto + Centre Culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce + L’écart (Rouyn-Noranda)

Co-presented by La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, on May 29, 2024

Written by Enora Rivière
Translated by David Dalgleish


© Atom Cianfarani

Atom Cianfarani + Alexis O'Hara (Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson)
Et tu, Machine

Alexis O’Hara and Atom Cianfarani are self-taught, queer, anti-capitalist artists in their fifties who are driven by the desire to constantly renew their creative methods, refusing to participate in normative culture.

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Brutus ()
Et tu, Machine

A descendant of the companions of sailors on merchant ships, Brutus is an adventurer who enjoys travel, hunting rodents and cuddling.

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