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A collective creation by
Caroline Binder, Solal Bouloudnine, Claire Delaporte, Céline Fuhrer, Charlotte Laemmel, Manu Laskar, Thomas Scimeca, Anne-Elodie Sorlin, Maxence Tual, Jean-Luc Vincent and an appearance by Robert Hatisi
Le Grand Gardon Blanc and Les Chiens de Navarre
Worked and re-worked in group improvisations, our social masks and trite conversations come out the worse for wear in the hands of Les Chiens de Navarre. The wackiest theatre collective in France makes its explosive NAC debut in a burst of radical and exuberant cynicism.
Thomas Hellman explores American mythology by immersing himself in the period between the settling of the West and the Great Depression of the 1930s. In a show codirected with Brigitte Haentjens, this multitalented artist blends blues, folk and gospel in a musical illustration of artists’ role in bringing meaning to chaos.
In the depths of winter, Gilles and Esther, a Francophone couple, leave Montreal for Vancouver. They have trouble assimilating, and gradually withdraw into themselves; their apartment becomes their own little world, the setting for a bizarre existence fuelled by their imagination. But how long can they sustain a life on the fringes of society?
Nazi Germany is on its last legs. Pounded by the Soviet air force, Berliners take refuge in their basements. Out of the chaos rises the voice of Marta Hillers, a young woman whose diary records the sacking of the city and the mass raping of women. Brigitte Haentjens transforms Hillers’ scorching prose into a tragic chorus delivered by four mesmerizing performers.
Isabelle Blais, Philippe Brault, France Castel, Nathalie Doummar, Vincent Fafard, Louise Forestier, Benoît Landry, Jean Maheux, Jean Marchand, Daniel Parent, Marie-Ève Pelletier, Émile Proulx-Cloutier, Sylvain Scott, Linda Sorgini, Marie Tifo +3 musicians (to be announced)
In an isolated Chinese province, the gods take shelter at the home of the prostitute Shen Te. They reward her generosity by giving her enough money to open her own tobacco shop, but the young woman soon falls prey to others’ greed and dishonesty. To ward off disaster and reclaim her authority, she disguises herself as a man.
When he learns of his father’s death, war correspondent Arnaud goes home to the family farm. His return after a 10‑year absence awakens the ghosts of the past. Written during Gilles Poulin-Denis’ artistic residency under the mentorship of Wajdi Mouawad, Dehors is directed by Philippe Ducros.
By ending her life at 36, Nelly Arcan cut short an existence as provocative as it was public. From her writings, with their recurring themes of suffering, the cosmos, death and female identity, Marie Brassard has extracted seven spellbinding monologues. This unforgettable show comes to the NAC at last.