Like moths to the light
Drifting through constellations of information, images and inanities, our contemporary brains let themselves be swallowed up by luminous screens, like nocturnal insects. With Savèches, Théâtre populaire d’Acadie brings to the stage the luminous words of poet Jonathan Roy, as bright and captivating as a flame.
“Savèche” is an Acadian word for a type of moth that is irresistibly attracted to light, just as modern humans are to the constant agitation of the virtual world. Jonathan Roy has made it the central metaphor of his second collection of poetry, which draws on computer terminology, the lived experience of Generation Y, classic literature, and popular culture.
The fragmentation takes place in three movements: “Des phares au creux des paumes” (“Headlights in the palm of your hand”) addresses the overabundance of data that engulfs us; “Partir de nuit sans mettre ses hautes” (“Leaving at night without turning on your high beams”) tells how we hit the road in a search for self; and “Chenous est une galerie toujours allumée” (“At our place, the porch light is always on”) is about coming home to anchor ourselves in the territory and reconnect with the humans who live there.
The texts, most of which were created during poetry evenings, return to the stage in their most complete form, delivered by the poet himself and by actor Matthieu Girard, who is like his alter ego, an extension of himself. To envelop the words of this young writer taking a fresh look at modern-day Acadia, director Allain Roy makes extraordinarily effective use of lighting.
Performance is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.