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Violence [2020]

Marie Brassard

Exploring the deep as they search for glimpses of light, Marie Brassard and her Japanese collaborators conjure undreamt-of worlds in a surrealist tale of astounding visual power.


Remembered words of a child muse written on a blackboard: « And chaos knocked on God’s door. » For Marie Brassard that sparks a plunge into the mystery of creation/destruction synergy. Giving free rein to the coincidences and shock waves of that union, she conjures up undreamt-of worlds in a surrealist tale of astounding visual power.

In an elegant technological phantasmagoria, the threats of mankind and of nature merge in a series of glowering landscapes. Marie Brassard is assisted by her loyal team and by the creative voices of contemporary Japanese artists. Inspired by Ama, the Japanese women free-divers who harvest shellfish, they become here explorers of the deep in search of bursts of light. The hope of a new mythology where ancient and future worlds live side by side, opening up to a new horizon.


Produced by Infrarouge
Written, directed and performed by Marie Brassard
Performed by Eriko Hatsune + Miwa Okuno + Kyoko Takenaka
Sound Design and Live Music Alexander MacSween
Set Design and Stage Manager Antonin Sorel
Synthesized Images and Live Video Performance Sabrina Ratté
Lighting Design and Manager Mikko Hynninen
Choreographed by Miwa Okuno
Direction Assistant and dramaturgy Yokna Hasegawa
Direction Assistant Hélène Villemure
Technical Director Mateo Thébaudeau
Production Director Andrew de Freitas
Sound Manager Andréa Marsolais-Roy
Coordinator Catherine Sasseville

Tour Agent Menno Plukker

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Theater der Welt (Düsseldorf) + Théâtre français du Centre national des arts (Ottawa)

Developped with the support of National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund

Creative residencies Montevideo (Marseille) + Usine C + Vitlycke Center for Performing Art (Tanumshede) at the invitation of Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival + Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus / Central + Kinosaki International Art Centre + Saison-Morishita Studio (Tokyo)

Thanks to Marcello Spada & Cinema-Teatro Apollo (Bellaria)

Presented by Hôtel Monville in association with Usine C + PHI

Written by Myriam-Stéphanie Perraton-Lambert
Translated by Neil Kroetsch

Premiered at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, on May 16, 2020


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