Playwright and director Marcel Cremer believed the most interesting thing about an actor was their own life story. And thus, in 1980, in a tiny Belgian town, he founded Agora Theater, which quickly became one of Europe’s leading theatre companies for young audiences. His so-called autobiographical approach consisted of taking actors and designers to unusual places (a wood, a cemetery ...) and inviting them to improvise on various themes. From the individual stories that emerged, he constructed texts of universal poetic appeal. Cremer died in 2009; his artistic legacy includes La femme corbeau (2002), Wanted Hamlet (2008), and Le roi sans royaume (2010).
Artist without borders
Stage director and artistic director of the company Voyageurs Immobiles, Milena Buziak is interested in cultural diversity and the internal and geographical borders that separate us. She studied at Concordia University, then at UQAM. In 2013, she created Grains de sable, a documentary play based on interviews with soldiers. For young audiences, that same year she directed her first Cremer, La femme corbeau, then Estelle Savasta’s Traversée (presented at the NAC in 2017), for which she worked with a deaf actress for the first time. With Le cheval de bleu, Milena wanted to deepen her investigation of the relationship between hearing and hearing-impaired actors.