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La traversée du siècle

Michel Tremblay to the max

2024-09-07 10:00 2024-09-07 22:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: La traversée du siècle

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/35799

In-person event

A true theatrical event, La traversée du siècle sold out at the seven Montreal theatres that joined forces to pay tribute to the expansive universe of one of our most illustrious playwrights: Michel Tremblay. Created by Alice Ronfard in collaboration with the late André Brassard, this spectacular performance/reading/epic is coming to Ottawa to launch the new theatre season in style! In a Quebec crushed by poverty and religion, the destinies of Victoire, Albertine...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
Sat, September 7, 2024
10 AM EDT
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“From 3,500 pages of stories to a page in history”
  • In-person event
  • Français
  • ≈ 12 hours · With intermission
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A true theatrical event, La traversée du siècle sold out at the seven Montreal theatres that joined forces to pay tribute to the expansive universe of one of our most illustrious playwrights: Michel Tremblay. Created by Alice Ronfard in collaboration with the late André Brassard, this spectacular performance/reading/epic is coming to Ottawa to launch the new theatre season in style!

In a Quebec crushed by poverty and religion, the destinies of Victoire, Albertine and Thérèse unfold. Three generations that shaped the world we live in today; life stories of three fascinating and amazingly strong women. La traversée du siècle invites us to follow their odyssey through the great upheavals of 20th-century society and the themes dear to the playwright’s heart: hybridity, gender fluidity, homosexuality, the place of women, the desire for emancipation, and the scars left on the soul of a people by so many years of oppression.

Director Alice Ronfard combines theatre and novel in this inventory of the century crafted from excerpts from some of Tremblay’s best-known works, including Les chroniques du Plateau Mont-Royal, La diaspora des Desrosiers (The Desrosiers Diaspora), Le passé antérieur, En pièces détachées (In Parts), Albertine, en cinq temps (Albertine in Five Times), and Sainte Carmen de la Main (Sainte-Carmen of the Main). This ambitious and unifying project, brought to life by some 20 performers, is a reflection of the man who, for 60 years, has been shaping an original mythology marked by struggle and resilience, love and difference.

SCHEDULE

10 a.m.: Part 1
11:30 a.m.: Intermission #1
11:45 a.m.: Part 2
1:15 p.m.: LUNCH BREAK
2:15 p.m.: Part 3
3:30 p.m.: Intermission #2
3:45 p.m.: Part 4
5:30 p.m.: DINNER BREAK
6:30 p.m.: Part 5
8 p.m.: Intermission #3
8:15 p.m.: Part 6
10 p.m.: End*

*Given the scale of the event, the performance may finish later.

La traversée du siècle was first presented in association with the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Duceppe, Théâtre Espace Libre, Théâtre La Licorne, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Théâtre de Quat’Sous and Théâtre du Rideau Vert.

A staged reading of La traversée du siècle was presented at Théâtre Espace Libre in August 2022.

Artists

  • Based on the novels and plays of Michel Tremblay
  • Adapted, dramaturged and directed by Alice Ronfard
  • Based on the novels and plays of Michel Tremblay
  • Directed, adapted and dramaturged by Alice Ronfard
  • Concept and consultation André Brassard
  • Dramaturgical consultants Alex Bergeron, Dany Boudreault, André Brassard, Alice Ronfard and Emmanuel Schwartz
  • With Marie-Josée Bastien, Alex Bergeron, Céline Bonnier, Dany Boudreault, Samuël Côté, Francis Ducharme, Gabriel Favreau, Eve Gadouas, Abigail Galwey, Rachel Graton, Johanne Haberlin, Maxime Isabelle, Bozidar Krčevinac, Roger La Rue, Valérie Le Maire, Clara Prévost, Évelyne Rompré, Isabelle Roy, Emmanuel Schwartz, Marie-Hélène Thibault, and other actors (to be announced)
  • Assistant director and stage manager Ariane Brière
  • Set designer Gabriel Tsampalieros
  • Lighting designer and technician Julie Basse
  • Lighting assistant and technician Natasha Descôteaux
  • Original sound and sound technician Joris Rey
  • Original composition of Le Brésil brille, Chanson du jukebox and Chœurs de l’épisode 6: Abigail Galwey
  • Technical director Audrey Janelle
  • Production manager Marjorie Bélanger
  • Executive producer Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui
  • Executive producer: Dumont St-Pierre
  • Developed with support from NAC National Creation Fund