Dans le nuage

La Messe Basse Montreal
  • Co-concept development, writing and direction Maxime Carbonneau
  • Co-concept development, writing and direction Laurence Dauphinais

Inspired by the Golden Record—a disc placed aboard the Voyager probes and launched into space in 1977 by the team of the famous astrophysicist Carl Sagan, a sort of interstellar “message in a bottle” capturing some of humanity’s memories—, La Messe Basse expands its interdisciplinary repertoire with an ambitious research and creation project. 

Dans le nuage is a diptych: first, a participative online experience where the public is invited to contribute personal archival material (stories, sounds, images); and second, a show that questions the notion of the archiving and transmission of human culture in the digital age. Inspired by the Sagan team’s initiative, this project seeks to highlight the intertwining of human culture and technological innovation. 

Dans le nuage, La Messe Basse
Dans le nuage, La Messe Basse


La Messe Basse is a Montreal-based theatre company founded in 2012 by Jérémie Boucher, Dany Boudreault and Maxime Carbonneau. The company is expressly dedicated to the creation and exploration of unconventional and unprecedented theatrical material. Their plays have been translated into several languages (German, English, Portuguese) and have received numerous awards and nominations. 

Creative team

  • Co-concept development, writing and direction Maxime Carbonneau
  • Co-concept development, writing and direction Laurence Dauphinais
  • Assistant director Jean Gaudreau
  • Director of online experience Osman Zéki
  • Dramaturgical consultant Julie-Michèle Morin
  • Lighting Julie Basse
  • Sets Max-Otto Fauteux
  • Music Navet Confit
  • Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
  • Production director Emanuelle Kirouac-Sanche
  • Technical director Mickaël Tétrault-Ménard
  • Scripting Maxime Carbonneau and Laurence Dauphinais
  • Director of online experience / technical director / programmer Osman Zéki
  • Game Designer Ruben Farrus
  • Art direction and 3D modelling Romain Tavenard
  • Sound design and integration Joël-Aimé Bouchard
  • Production consultant Audrey Pacart

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s $135,000 investment will allow the team to extend the process of this project, including the research phase and the additional time required to develop the technologies needed to support the artistic concept. 


Created and produced by La Messe Basse in coproduction with the Festival TransAmériques, and with funding from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. 

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. 

Performance dates

November 9 to 25, 2022:  Théâtre Denise-Pelletier (Montreal)

Dans le nuage (First Draft)

June 7 to 11, 2021. Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montreal), presented by Festival TransAmériques.

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