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Tableau final de l’amour

Angela Konrad + Larry Tremblay

A gesture of feverish tenderness

Suspended in a space between death and creation, a spectral dialogue unfolds. A flamboyant Benoît McGinnis slips into the skin of Francis Bacon, the painter, to tell or perhaps exorcise the story of his visceral artistic drives and tumultuous relationship with his lover, George Dyer, who succumbed to suicide in 1971. In Larry Tremblay’s fierce retelling of their story, love is locked in a merciless battle.

Directed by Angela Konrad, this powerful adaptation of the novel Tableau final d’amour [Love’s Last Tableau] delves deep into the decay of movement, love, and sex. It is also a theatre of fantasy, of the likes only Francis Bacon, who explored the fine line between flesh and meat, could inspire. Tremblay’s intrepid writing summons the liminal aspects of the human condition, between agony and ecstasy.

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Angela Konrad (Montreal) LA FABRIK

Angela Konrad is a director and renowned theatre artist. Her work mines the potential in both classic and contemporary texts. Readily transgressing stage conventions, she directs performers with laser precision.

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Larry Tremblay (Montreal)

Novelist, playwright, director, essayist, poet, and Kathakali specialist Larry Tremblay is a major figure in Quebec letters. His works interrogate psychic and social violence, informed by a concept of anatomie ludique [“playful anatomy”] he developed himself. Translated into more than twenty languages, they have been staged from Bucarest to Mexico City.

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Media Coverage

« Un roman troublant et jouissif, qui plonge dans le vif de la chair, où extase et douleur s’abreuvent l’un à l’autre […] porté par une plume fiévreuse, exaltée et troublante qui nous agrippe avec elle pour ne plus nous lâcher. »

Iris Gagnon-Paradis, La Presse, 2021-08-22 à propos du livre Tableau final de l’amour

« Sa vision innovatrice du théâtre, sa direction artistique puissante, ses relectures de textes classiques ou contemporains, tout cela a séduit le milieu et le public d’ici. »

Luc Boulanger, La Presse, 2022-06-11 à propos de Vernon Subutex 1

« Honnêtement, depuis un bout de temps, c’est le roman le plus frappant, le plus entraînant, le plus beau – malgré sa laideur -, que j’ai lu. C’est remarquable ! »

René Homier-Roy, Culture Club sur ICI Première, 2021-08-21 à propos du livre Tableau final de l’amour


“I often talk about “affective athleticism,” in Artaud’s sense—the flesh, the sense of the sacred, perverse, or masochistic; the sacrificial aspect of a text. My impression was that the mise en scène could show everything Larry’s text makes us feel.”

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