September 21, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Violence

2022-03-03 19:30 2022-03-05 21:05 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Violence

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/25535

In-person event

Exploring the abyss in search of glimmers of light, working alongside creators she met in Japan, Marie Brassard presents the fruit of a poetic reflection on the perception of time and the learning of brutality. She reveals unsuspected worlds in a surreal tale rich in sound and images. It started with the sentence “Look, it looks like a little Japanese flower that hasn’t been born yet,” uttered by her two-and-a-half-year-old goddaughter, Léone, while looking at a...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
March 3 - 5, 2022

March 2022

  1. Mar 3 2022
    Thursday

    7:30pm

  2. Mar 4 2022
    Friday

    7:30pm

  3. Mar 5 2022
    Saturday

    4:00pm

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© Marlène Gélineau Payette
Finding yourself on the other side of the image

In-person event

Exploring the abyss in search of glimmers of light, working alongside creators she met in Japan, Marie Brassard presents the fruit of a poetic reflection on the perception of time and the learning of brutality. She reveals unsuspected worlds in a surreal tale rich in sound and images.

It started with the sentence “Look, it looks like a little Japanese flower that hasn’t been born yet,” uttered by her two-and-a-half-year-old goddaughter, Léone, while looking at a dot in a book of prints. Marie Brassard seized on this idea of a birth in a crumbling world, embodied in the child’s notion, and, like Alice going down the rabbit hole, proceeds to tell us, in her mesmerizing voice, a series of enigmatic stories about the forms of ordinary violence that pervade our lives. In this antechamber of sorts, she encounters the living, ghosts, beings who are waiting to be born or reborn—including the singer from her childhood, Renard like a fox—and female characters inspired by Japanese culture and mythology.

Hybrid and dreamlike, this new creation by the bewitching Marie Brassard and her company Infrarouge is at once an ode to the gravity and beauty of children’s imagination, an exploration of catastrophe and the power of art, and a reflection on the violence of nature protecting itself from humanity. Brassard is surrounded by her loyal team, including musician and sound designer Alexander MacSween, lighting designer Mikko Hynninen and set designer Antonin Sorel, joined by visual artist Sabrina Ratté and Japanese performers Miwa Okuno and Kyoko Takenaka.

*Performed in French and Japanese with English and French surtitles

Performance is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Feb 28
Mar 1
Mar 2
Mar 3
  • 7:30pm
Mar 4
  • 7:30pm
Mar 5
  • 4:00pm
Mar 6
© Marlène Gélineau Payette
© Marlène Gélineau Payette
© Marlène Gélineau Payette
© Marlène Gélineau Payette
  • Written and directed by Marie Brassard
  • With Marie Brassard, Miwa Okuno and Kyoko Takenaka
  • Sound design and live music Alexander MacSween
  • Sets Antonin Sorel
  • Video images and live projections Sabrina Ratté
  • Lighting designer and technician Mikko Hynninen
  • Editor, Japan images Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière
  • Dramaturgical consultant Morena Prats
  • Choreographer Miwa Okuno
  • Technical directors Romane Bocquet and Catherine Fasquelle
  • Production director and tour manager Anne McDougall 
  • Set design assistant and key grip Andrew de Freitas
  • Sound coordinator and technician  Gabrielle Couillard
  • Video technology designer: Guillaume Arsenault
  • Video images, Japan Shingo Ota
  • Production director, Japan Moemi Nagi
  • Sound technicians, Japan Takeshi Inamori and Hayato Ichimura
  • Produced by Infrarouge
  • Coproducers NAC French Theatre, Festival TransAmériques, Theater der Welt (Düsseldorf), Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Athens) and Usine C
  • Supported by NAC’s National Creation Fund
  • Creative residencies Montevideo (Marseille), Usine C, Vitlycke Center for Performing Art (Tanumshede) at the invitation of the Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival, Kinosaki International Art Centre, and Saison-Morishita Studio (Tokyo)
  • Touring agent Menno Plukker
  • Special thanks Marcello Spada & Cinema-Teatro Apollo (Bellaria) and Yokna Hasegawa
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