News Release

French theatre presents : Et si Roméo & Juliette… (For ages 8 to 14)

March 26, 2018

Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 3 p.m.
in the NAC Azrieli Studio

“The four acrobatic performers swap roles as naturally as they move through space,
spinning, leaping and somersaulting.”

MON(theatre).QC.CA, May 3, 2017 (transl.)

OTTAWA, Monday, March 26, 2018 – Falling in love: so love is a fall? Sometimes. And it can be fatal! Think of Romeo and Juliet: two warring families pitted against two determined teenagers with loving hearts.

DynamO Théâtre shakes up the classic tale, incorporating acrobatics, swordfights, juggling, and a rotating set. Four actors play all the parts and comment on the action; Shakespeare himself is invited to have his say. Can the inevitable be avoided? All we know is that if we’re going to reinvent the story, we have to find a way to overcome the power of hate.

“A powerful, highly physical reinterpretation of the famous play …. A great performance
of a visually and symbolically rich adaptation.”
Le Devoir, May 6, 2017 (transl.)

 

Concept and direction: Jackie Gosselin // With Rosalie Dell’Aniello, Marie Fannie Guay, Marc-André Poliquin and Rémy Savard // Assistant director: Audrey Blouin // Tour manager and stage manager: Marie-Chantal Bonin // Dramaturg: Kim Selody // Sets and costumes: Pierre‑Étienne Locas // Lighting: Martin Sirois // Music and sound: Pierre Guy Blanchard // Makeup: Suzanne Trépanier // Fight coach: Jean‑François Gagnon // Acrobatics coach: Hugues Sarra‑Bournet // Voice coach: Marie‑Lise Hétu // Voice over: Lucien Bergeron // Creative team: Rosalie Dell’Aniello, Marie Fannie Guay, Marc‑André Poliquin, Dominic St‑Laurent and Catherine St‑Martin // Production assistance: Josée Fontaine Rubi // Illustration: Sébastien Thibault

Produced by DynamO Théâtre // With support from L’Espace Théâtre Muni-Spec (Mont‑Laurier), La TOHU, La Maison de la culture Mercier and the Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil)

Running time: Approximately 55 minutes with no intermission.

 

EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH CREATOR AND DIRECTOR JACKIE GOSSELIN

From Shakespeare’s original play, you retained only the four youngest characters. Why?

At the beginning of the project, it was an intuition, and it was confirmed as we worked. I used Shakespeare's text as raw material; I didn't want to stage the play as written, but rather to adapt it for acrobatic movement theatre. Also, having four actors portray five characters made it possible for each actor to play all the roles: the men could play Juliet and the women could play Romeo, Tybalt, Mercutio or Benvolio. Among other things, this made it possible to suggest to the audience that romance isn't strictly a “girl thing,” nor anger a “guy thing.”

Read the full interview on the show's webpage

 

PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES

Join us for an exhibition and games about famous couples in history, and visit our reading nook, created in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and stocked with books related to the themes of the play.

Where: Azrieli Studio Foyer
When: 45 minutes before each performance

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