June 30, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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To be an artist is to see what others cannot. Patti Smith

In this overview of the life and work of Patti Smith, Brigitte Haentjens draws us into a total creative whirlwind in the heart of a changing America. Parce que la nuit combines electric guitars, poetry, counterculture and romanticism in the free and effervescent spirit of the ’70s.

Patti Smith arrived in New York in 1967, just over 20 years old, hungry for freedom and in step with the city’s artistic effervescence and social upheavals. There she met Robert Mapplethorpe, who would later become an art photographer, and the young playwright Sam Shepard; Patti herself became a poet, musician, painter, muse, icon. A paradoxical figure, a totally engaged artist shaped by her affinity for Kerouac and Rimbaud, the fighter with the androgynous body personified the spirit of punk long before it became a household word.

Unique and complex, like the artist herself, this creation about Patti Smith continues the creative research of Brigitte Haentjens, who, with her company Sibyllines, explores the secret fractures of female identity. Here, her compelling dramatic writing is interwoven with poems, songs, and music performed live by three musicians. The script is co-written by Dany Boudreault and Brigitte Haentjens, with the collaboration of Céline Bonnier, a long-time associate of NAC French Theatre’s artistic director.

*** Presented in French with passages in English. ***

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with no intermission.

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  • Written by Dany Boudreault and Brigitte Haentjens in collaboration with Céline Bonnier
  • Directed by Brigitte Haentjens
  • With Alex Bergeron, Céline Bonnier, Dany Boudreault, Martin Dubreuil and Leni Parker
  • Musicians Bernard Falaise, Patrick Hamilton and Rémi Leclerc
  • Assistant director  Jean Gaudreau et Alexandra Sutto
  • Dramaturg Andréane Roy
  • Sets Anick La Bissonnière
  • Lighting Martin Sirois
  • Musical direction Bernard Falaise
  • Scoring Frédéric Auger
  • Video Lionel Arnould
  • Costumes designed by Julie Charland
  • Costumes created by Yso
  • Makeup and hair Angelo Barsetti
  • Props Julie Measroch
  • Movement coach Mélanie Demers
  • Voice coach Ariane Vaillancourt
  • Stage manager Jean Gaudreau
  • Project manager Stéphanie Laurin
  • Administrative assistant Laëtitia Fabaron
  • Production director Sébastien Béland
  • Technical director Jérémi Guilbault Asselin
  • Administrative director Xavier Inchauspé
  • Produced by Sibyllines, ESPACE GO and NAC French Theatre