© photo: Christian Blais design: Gauthier
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© photo: Christian Blais design: Gauthier
“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them back their spirit.” Louis Riel

World Premiere

NAC Co-production

Written by

Jean Marc Dalpé, David Granger, Laura Lussier, Alexis Martin, Andrea Menard, Yvette Nolan, Gilles Poulin-Denis, Paula-Jean Prudat, Mansel Robinson and Kenneth T. Williams

Directed by

Mani Soleymanlou

Presented in French with passages in English, Mitchif, Cree and Algonquin

A flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux, about the struggles of the Métis in the Canadian West. A multilayered and entertaining saga with a rodeo vibe, loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s legendary outdoor travelling show.

In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States. There he was recruited by the legendary Buffalo Bill, founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a gigantic outdoor travelling show that re-enacted life in the American West. It made a huge impression on Dumont, and he dreamed of putting together a similar show to tell the story of the struggle of Canada’s Métis to reclaim their rights. The creative team behind Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show brings Dumont’s dream to life in a captivating, joyously anachronistic saga.

Performance is approximately 2 h 40 including intermission

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  • Written by Jean Marc Dalpé, Gilles Poulin-Denis, David Granger, Laura Lussier, Alexis Martin, Andrea Menard, Yvette Nolan, Paula-Jean Prudat, Mansel Robinson and Kenneth T. Williams
  • Directed by Mani Soleymanlou
  • With Charles Bender, Jean Marc Dalpé, Katrine Deniset, Gabriel Gosselin, Alexis Martin, Émilie Monnet, Krystle Pederson, Chancz Perry, Dominique Pétin, Andrina Turenne
  • Translation French–English translation :Alexis Diamond and Maureen Labonté //French–Michif translation : Marjorie Beaucage //English–French translation : Fanny Britt, Jean Marc Dalpé and Alexis Martin //English–Algonquin translation : Joan Tenasco //English–Cree translation : Randy Morin //English–Kanien’kéha translation : Warisose Gabriel //English–Lakota translation : Darlene Speidel
  • Artistic directors Alexis Martin Artistic directors Jean Marc Dalpé, Alexis Martin, Yvette Nolan and Mani Soleymanlou
  • Assistant director Jean Gaudreau
  • Stage manager Elaine Normandeau (Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec) and Adèle Saint-Amand (Winnipeg and Saskatoon)
  • Dramaturg Maureen Labonté
  • Sets David Granger
  • Lighting Erwann Bernard
  • Music and sound design Olaf Gundel and Benoit Morier
  • Video design Silent Partners
  • Costumes Jeff Chief
  • Props Madeleine Saint-Jacques
  • Movement coach Chancz Perry
  • Technical director Élise Lefebvre
  • Lighting design assistant Julie-Anne Parenteau-Comfort
  • Sound manager Francis-Olivier Métras
  • Video manager Victoria Morrison (Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec) and Frank Donato (Winnipeg and Saskatoon)
  • Production coordinator (original production) and tour manager Anastasia Kitsos
  • Coproducers National Arts Centre French Theatre (Ottawa), Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (Montreal), Théâtre Cercle Molière (Winnipeg) and La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon)
  • Executive producer National Arts Centre French Theatre
  • Associate producer Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montréal)