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La bibliothèque-interdite

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Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

Jean-François Hétu

An intimate and lyrical opera–tango. A thriller set in the universe of Borges, where stories and songs overlap and mingle in the caustic, enveloping atmosphere of magic realism so beloved in Argentinian culture.

Buenos Aires, 1941. A poet has barely started his job as concierge of the forbidden library when he is incarcerated by Inspector Barracuda. In a sordid setting, to the sinister strains of the milonga, he realizes that his captor is a character from one of his own seditious tangos. In the capable hands of Brigitte Haentjens, Denis Plante and Sébastien Ricard, the narrative, a fluid blend of reality and fantasy, is transformed into a stunning show that is both poetic and political.

“I am perhaps misled by old age and fear, but I suspect that the human species—the only species—is teetering on the brink of extinction, while the library—enlightened, solitary, infinite, perfectly unmoving, armed with precious volumes, pointless, incorruptible, and sacred—will endure.”
Jorge Luis Borges

Videos

  • La Bibliothèque-interdite (teaser)

Credits

  • With Sébastien Ricard
  • Musicians Matthieu Léveillé (guitar), Francis Palma (bass), Denis Plante (bandoneon)
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6 Dec

  • 8:00 PM

7 Dec

  • 8:00 PM

8 Dec

  • 8:00 PM

9 Dec

  • 8:00 PM

10 Dec

Lighting design and operation: Martin Sirois
Sound design and operation: Guy Fortin
Marionette design: Madeleine Plante
Choreographic collaboration: Bobby Thomson
Production direction: Sébastien Béland
Administrative direction: Xavier Inchauspé

Produced by: Sibyllines
Based on a work created by Denis Plante for Tango Boréal

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