1987 FESTIVAL DE THÉÂTRE DES AMÉRIQUES — 2ND EDITION
A hora e vez de Augusto MatragaAntunes Filho (Brazil)
A hora e vez de Augusto Matraga
Augusto Matraga is a character carved from the rough. Forever between good and bad, truth and falsehood, coming and going. A character as predictable as the plain and as surprising as time.
BalzacTéo Spychalski (QUÉBEC)
Beyond the words beyond Balzac’s writings, this play aspires to contain, to be the living reflection of the romantic world and phenomenon. Like a painting acted out, it seeks to be the image of this distinctive era, with its manners, its stereotypes, its passions, its prejudices and its absurdities.
El Gran Circo CriolloAriel Bufano (Argentina)
El Gran Circo Criollo
Puppet theatres are mysterious places. Their inhabitants have the power to reinvent the world. El Gran Circo Criollo chooses to take us behind the scenes of a rag menagerie. Gigantic animals, tiny people and a fearless gaucho. A feast for the eyes.
Hamlet – MachineGilles Maheu (Québec)
Hamlet – Machine
Müller brings back the “I ” in historical theatre. Words and images from the subconscious irrupt in the foreground, words and images that the theatre of historical consciousness had discarded in the name of rigour and science. Müller’s theatre is a theatre of terror, a theatre of nightmare.. gut theatre
KaselezoJean-Pierre Bernay (Haïti)
Between thought and action, there is the danger of being trapped by history. Kaselezo condemns the abuse of patience and fears. Is it possible to imagine what freedom is like. A script and characters borne along by a breath of revolt and lucidity.
La Soirée des MurmuresGinette Noiseux (Montréal)
La Soirée des Murmures
We asked each artist to use her medium to explore the relationship between voyeurism and exhibitionism with small audiences. It is up to you to choose and to dare, as will each of these artists. We want to enrich our work in theatre through interaction with painters, sculptors, dancers, performers, writers and multimedia artists. -Ginette Noiseux
La Trilogie des DragonsRobert Lepage (Québec)
La Trilogie des Dragons
The history of a dual trojectory; the peregrinations of the Chinese community from city to city across Canada, and the evolution of Oriental thinking in Western life over the last seventy-five years.
Los Ojos de Don ColachoGabriel Cosoy (Nicaragua)
Los Ojos de Don Colacho
In the heart of a revolution, theatre goes to the basic essentials. The distance between stage and the public crumbles. All that’s left is the urgency of laying bare the virgin spaces of the imaginary and redefining realities. With Nicaragua’s Grupo Teyocoyani, the stage travels. The acting is altered. The scripts are the words of a people in movement.
MacunaimaAntunes Filho (BRÉSIL)
The hero of Macunaima travels with little heed for either logic or geography, retracing the footsteps of a people and indeed an entire civilization. Mysterious transformations, legends and mythological animals appear as distant yet familiar figures. When it comes to life, anything and everything is possible.
Off off off ou sur le toit de Pablo NerudaAlberto Kurapel (Québec)
Off off off ou sur le toit de Pablo Neruda
Memories are not a refuge. Memory is imprinted with the elements vital to making the present whole Alberto Kurapel remembers to better understand what surrounds him, to see more clearly what lies ahead.
Pericles, Prince of TyreJack Langedijk (Québec)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Characters wandering in an apocalyptic setting. Legendary figures. But their desire to defy tragedy is stronger than everything. Pericles, an epic fable in which beings survive fate.
PotestadNorman Brisky (Argentina)
When the executioner becomes the victim, the world reels but does not change. If events are not cast in stone, why then is injustice immutable? Potestad, a psychoanalysis of power.
Rachel’s BrainRachel Rosenthal (U.S.A.)
The brain, a delicate and mysterious organ. The rational mind, the imaginary world. How can we maintain a precarious balance between our basic drives, our primitive emotions and our higher consciousness.
Reflections in the Medicine WheelMargo Kane (Canada)
Reflections in the Medicine Wheel
Rituals give time another meaning. Gestures decompose at a slow, precise rythm, evoking the powerful traces of ancestral memory. Reflections in the Medicine Wheel explores both past and future.
The Angels of SwedenborgPing Chong (U.S.A.)
The Angels of Swedenborg
To rediscover the poetry of simple action, imagine a voyage between heaven and hell. A space where angel and devil can sometimes be one of the same. Upon returning, perhaps there will be hope and pleasure.
The Haunted House HamletKathleen Weiss (Canada)
The Haunted House Hamlet
A haunted house. Footsteps in the halls. Doors opening on bits of stories. The play unfolds in response to the audience’s curiosity and audacity. The decisions are up to you. To play or not to play, that is the question.
The Road to Immortality Part Two: (… Just the high points…)Élizabeth LeCompte (U.S.A.)
The Road to Immortality Part Two: (… Just the high points…)
Symbols of the American dream in parallel with images of its decadence. Violent contrasts that scatter our references, that suspend us midway between discomfort and danger. With The Wooster Group, America blows up in our faces.
This is what happens in OrangevilleHillar Liitoja (Canada)
This is what happens in Orangeville
A murder. A deliberate act. The outrageousness of an adolescent’s deed points up and confronts us with our own madness, our cruelty and the choice each of us must make in what we call our conscience. This is what happens in Orangeville.
Turtle Dreams (Cabaret)Meredith Monk (U.S.A.)
Turtle Dreams (Cabaret)
“My goals: to create an art that breaks down boundaries between the disciplines, an art which in turn becomes a metaphor for opening up thought, percephon, experience (…) An art which reaches towards emotion that we have no words for, that we barely remember. An art that affirms the world of feeling in a time and society where feelings are being systematically eliminated.” – Meredith Monk
Un oiseau vivant dans la gueuleIsabelle Villeneuve (Québec)
Un oiseau vivant dans la gueule
Hidden from the eyes of strangers, desire spreads like a shadow. It devours weaving inextricable bonds. Un oiseau vivant dans la gueule, a woman who recounts a story in a story. At the end of her pen, two men, two cocks, a confrontation of obscure forces. Images engraved in flesh. Hoarse sounds held behind clenched teeth.