© Ulysse del Drago

Un. Deux. Trois.

Mani Soleymanlou’s great cycle of identity

2022-09-28 19:00 2022-10-01 23:30 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Un. Deux. Trois.

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/30554

In-person event

Forty solitudes. Forty outstretched hands. Forty lives to amplify the voice of today’s Canada. A show that tackles all this, without speeches or placards, without rhetoric or empty phrases. To transcend the sum of each of us and celebrate what’s left of us.  The secret is out: Mani Soleymanlou loves numbers. The repertoire of his company, Orange Noyée, is full of them. After presenting plays ranging from the solo Un to the podcast Probablement Onze—by way of...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
September 28 - October 1, 2022
© Ulysse del Drago
© Agathe Poupeney
© Valerie Remise
© Valerie Remise
© Agathe Poupeney
“Putting the I at the service of the WE”
  • In-person event
  • Français
  • ≈ 4 hours and 30 minutes · With intermission

Forty solitudes. Forty outstretched hands. Forty lives to amplify the voice of today’s Canada. A show that tackles all this, without speeches or placards, without rhetoric or empty phrases. To transcend the sum of each of us and celebrate what’s left of us. 

The secret is out: Mani Soleymanlou loves numbers. The repertoire of his company, Orange Noyée, is full of them. After presenting plays ranging from the solo Un to the podcast Probablement Onze—by way of Zero—he returns to Un. Deux. Trois., his great symphony of identity. 

Un was born of a question. Deux was born of an encounter. Trois was born of a wild idea: filling 40 empty chairs with performers from different backgrounds. Giving them free rein to orchestrate a choral, poignant and festive work. These committed and engaging voices have the power to build bridges across the widening gulfs, creating a collective intimacy that is more necessary than ever.

Will we be able to come together under the maple leaf flag?

The question is fraught. We’ll have to awaken our courage and tackle it head on. To revisit our heritage and question what we will pass on in our turn. To give resonance to a multi-accented language. To move forward together and find ourselves in a crowd, side by side, at the end of a global pandemic. To overcome clichés, so that strangers are no longer faceless, to fight radicalism and intolerance. To dream, to dare, to hope. Finally. 

After opening in Ottawa, the show will tour to eight other Canadian cities: Sudbury, Toronto, Montréal, Québec, Caraquet, Moncton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. 


With assistance from: NAC National Creation Fund, NAC Foundation, Jenepher Hooper Fund, Cole Foundation, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal

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Sep 29
  • 7:00pm
Sep 30
  • 7:00pm
Oct 1
  • 1:30pm
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© Ulysse del Drago
© Agathe Poupeney
© Valerie Remise
© Valerie Remise
© Agathe Poupeney
  • Written and directed by Mani Soleymanlou, with the participation of the performers
  • With Mani  Soleymanlou, Emmanuel  Schwartz, Olivier  Arteau, Caroline  Bélisle, Florence  Brunet, Jean  Marc  Dalpé, Katrine Deniset, Ziad  Ek, Marie-Ève Fontaine, Israël  Gamache, Nadia Girard Eddahia, Cory  Haas, France  Huot, John  Gislain  Kibaga, Anna-Laure  Koop, Danielle  Le  Saux-Farmer, Jean-Christophe  Leblanc, Lionel  Lehouillier, Meilie  Ng, Dillon  Orr, Anaïs  Pellin, France  Perras, Dominique  Pétin, Eric  Plamondon, Marco  Poulin, Caroline  Raynaud, Gabriel  Robichaud, Marie  Madeleine  Sarr, Manon  St-Jules, Elkahna  Talbi, Ines  Talbi, Chloé  Thériault, Jean-Charles Weka, Anais  West, Xavier Yuvens +  other  performers
  • Assistant director and stage manager Jean Gaudreau
  • Lighting Erwann Bernard
  • Sound design Larsen Lupin
  • Co-director, UN and outside observer, DEUX Alice Ronfard
  • Technical directors Audrey Janelle and Chantal Labonté
  • Tour manager Charlotte Ménard
  • Production coordinator Laëtitia Fabaron
  • Executive producer Xavier Inchauspé
  • Developed by Orange Noyée
  • Production partners NAC French Theatre, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Théâtre français de Toronto, DUCEPPE, Théâtre du Trident, théâtre l’Escaouette, Théâtre populaire d’Acadie, Théâtre la Seizième and Théâtre Cercle Molière
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