Le virus et la proie
The latest piece of writing by Pierre Lefebvre is a plea against injustice. Four voices condemn the virality of power at the expense of emancipated lives.
The latest piece of writing by Pierre Lefebvre is a plea against injustice. A powerless man addresses a powerful one. The powerful man does not listen. In fact, he does not know that the powerless man is speaking to him. What does he speak of? His inability to be heard by those who hold power. What does the powerful man reply? Nothing. And what if each of us was that powerless man? A choral reading for four voices. Together, they condemn the virality of power at the expense of emancipated lives.
The Port-Royal Readings
As we increasingly come to question the narratives that make up our history, what do we really know about the places where our theatre venues are located? What is their ancestral significance? How can we occupy them in different ways? Founded in Acadia in 1606, Port-Royal is the earliest fur trading post between French settlers and the Mi’kmaq Nation. It is also the place where the first French-language play was staged. When it was inaugurated in 1967, in celebration of Canada’s 200th anniversary, the performance hall of the current Théâtre Jean-Duceppe was named Théâtre de Port-Royal. This series of readings questions the power relationships between civilizations that define our stories. The voices of Innu poet An Antane Kapesh, legendary writer Réjean Ducharme, and essayist and playwright Pierre Lefebvre unite to raise awareness on the dynamics of oppression.
Produced by Festival TransAmériques
Text Pierre Lefebvre
Directed by Benoît Vermeulen
Performed by Étienne Lou + Alexis Martin + Dominique Pétin + Ève Pressault
Lighting Design Marc Parent
Lighting Design Assistant and Stage Manager Pierre Lavoie
Stage Manager Adèle Saint-Amand
Presented in association with Place des Arts
A film by Productions Extérieur Jour
Director and Director of photography Jérémie Battaglia
Production Manager Elodie Pollet
Camera Maxime Huot-Pelletier + Benjamin Schiavi-Paris
Lighting Juliette Dumaine
Editing Jean-Vital Joliat