Si vous voulez de la lumière

Les songes turbulents Montreal
  • Director, designer, and artistic director Florent Siaud
  • With artistic assistance from Cyrielle Ndjiki Nya and Kaoli Ono
  • Associate dramaturg Alexandra Bourse

Since 2017, a dozen authors from four continents have been joining forces and pens (or keyboards) to patiently and collectively invent an astonishing rewrite of Goethe’s Faust I and II. Episode after episode, each unique voice draws on its strengths to help weave an epic that transposes the story of the ambitious Doctor Faustus and Mephistopheles into today’s world.

Reflecting contemporary issues ranging from the crisis of knowledge to the inexorable rise of sea levels, by way of transhumanism, Si vous voulez de la lumière shapes a collaborative story about a world in crisis but also in full reinvention. Nourished by the powerful human encounters that have marked its process from the outset, this collective creation brings together performers, amateur choirs, instrumentalists, and opera singers from diverse backgrounds.

Company

Through stage devices that juxtapose the real with the irrational, Les songes turbulents scrutinize the unconscious mechanisms of our daily behaviour and investigate the unspoken desires and social norms that influence our actions. By staging plays by authors such as Müller, Kane, Racine and Lepage, they convey existential reflections through powerful writing, where the political is linked to the poetic and where humanity is depicted in all its complexity and contradictions.

The company aims to encourage a dialogue between artistic languages from different continents, in order to create one-of-a-kind productions.

Creative team

  • Director, designer, and artistic director Florent Siaud
  • With artistic assistance from Cyrielle Ndjiki Nya and Kaoli Ono
  • Associate dramaturg Alexandra Bourse
  • Set design Romain Fabre
  • Sound design Julien Éclancher
  • Musical score Kaoli Ono
  • Lighting Nicolas Descôteaux
  • Video David B. Ricard
  • Producer Les songes turbulents, compagnie de création

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $155,000 will support several additional elements of the project’s final development process, with a significant focus on text and dramaturgy, including a dramaturgical residency. The Fund will also support several workshops and a residency with the creative team, professional performers and amateur choirs.

Credits

Production partners and supporters

Centre culturel canadien à Paris, Centre des auteurs dramatiques, Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles des Hauts-de-France, Commission internationale du théâtre francophone, Conseil départemental de l’Oise, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Direction générale de la Création artistique du ministère français de la Culture, Espace Jean Legendre de Compiègne – Théâtres de Compiègne, Institut français, Mairie de Paris, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Région Hauts-de-France, Respirations 2020 du FTA, Théâtre des Célestins, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre Paris-Villette, Théâtre Prospero (Montréal).

Thanks to the staff and students of the following creative residency spaces:

Association de Prévention du Site de la Villette, CHU de Grenoble, Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Douai, Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Lille, Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental d’Arras, Espace Jean Legendre de Compiègne, Fédération Départementale des Chorales de l’Oise, Groupe d’Entraide Mutuelle de Margny-lès-Compiègne, Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers de Compiègne, Le Tandem scène nationale, Maison de la création et de l’innovation de Grenoble, Maison du Bas Belleville, Théâtre Paris-Villette, Théâtre Prospero (Montréal), Université de Grenoble, Université de Technologie de Compiègne.

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

Performance dates

Premiering in 2022.


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