A globe-trotting artist
The author and his works have travelled widely. After completing his master’s degree, Larry Tremblay flew to India to learn Kathakali, an ancient form of dance theatre. Once back home, he excelled as an actor and director, and especially as an author. His monologue Dragonfly of Chicoutimi (1996) is one of the classics of the repertoire; later, while teaching at UQAM, he turned his pen to fiction. His award-winning novel L’orangeraie is a distillate of Tremblay’s obsessions: identity, the double, boundaries and borders. Before becoming the central character in Même pas vrai, the graphic novel that inspired Marco bleu, the mischievous boy had long occupied Tremblay’s thoughts, until one day he told him, “Okay, Marco, I’m going to write about you.”
Animator of souls
Do puppets have souls? Master puppeteer André Laliberté certainly thinks so! And he’s been proving it since 1973, when he co-founded the Théâtre de l’Œil. From A New World (1990) to the unforgettable The Star Keeper (1997) and more recently A Heart in Winter (2015), his company’s shows have delighted the hearts of audiences everywhere (no fewer than 1.3 million spectators to date). André Laliberté is also one of the founders of Maison Théâtre in Montreal. And to think it all began when, at 13, he was hospitalized and saw his first puppet show!
Martine Beaulne has had several theatrical lives. She started out with Parminou, a militant theatre company that she co-founded. She then travelled the world to research other traditions and approaches. In Italy, she studied commedia dell’arte; in Japan, butoh; in Denmark, she met Eugenio Barba. In addition to being an actress, she has directed more than 60 plays from all repertoires—classic, international, Quebec—including Michel Tremblay's iconic Albertine, en cinq temps, in 2000. The central thread of Martine Beaulne’s practice is her unique way of placing the actor at the heart of her artistic approach. After La cité des loups (2005), Marco bleu is her second collaboration with the Théâtre de l’Œil.
A 2012 graduate of Collège Lionel-Groulx’s theatre program, Julie Renault immediately gravitated to young people’s theatre in its various forms: she has worked for several children’s entertainment companies, is a co-founder of La Bouée rouge children’s theatre company (currently touring a short show about student motivation), and participated in the creation of J’ai la bougeotte… et toi?, a children’s play that she directed and performed energetically. She was part of the cast of Les Zurbains 2014, and her play La quête du nombril was premiered in 2016. She has performed in several plays and musicals in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Norandanord, Les filles Lafaille, Ma Noranda La craque). At the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, she appeared in Les ordinateurs (2014) and En attendant Amy (2015). Her film credits include La petite reine. Julie trained in giant marionettes with La Dame de cœur puppet theatre, and appeared in the 2014 premiere production (Théâtre de la Bordée) and world tour of the puppet play Guerre et paix, coproduced by Théâtre du Sous-marin jaune and Théâtre de Quartier. She co-wrote Starshit, presented at Zones Théâtrales 2017.