Si jamais vous nous ècoutez

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. 

Si jamais vous nous ècoutez 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. 

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

Company

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 Delphine Rochefort
  • Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
  • Lighting Julie Basse
  • Music Navet Confit
  • Video Amelia Scott
  • Accessories Julie Measroch
  • Hair and makeup design Justine Denoncourt-Bélanger
  • Director of online experience / technical director / programmer Osman Zéki
  • Video integration Pierre Laniel
  • Technical assistant Gabriel.le Tran
  • Dramaturgical consultant Julie-Michèle Morin
  • Production director Mathilde Boudreau
  • Vocal Coaching Myëlle

National Creation Fund investment

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

Credits

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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