Là où la poussière se dépose: A soundscape of intimacy and devastating heartbreak

Written, directed and performed by Julien Morissette and Karina Pawlikowski, presented at the NAC from March 30 to April 1


February 27, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The theatre is, by definition, “a place of seeing.” Acclaimed darlings of the Ottawa-Gatineau art and media scene Julien Morissette and Karina Pawlikowski offer a somewhat more slanted view, like the first spring rays of sunshine streaming into a light-starved space.


Là où la poussière se dépose, or Where the Dust Settles, will be unfurling its warm soundscape at the NAC Studio; the McGarrigle sisters, accompanied musically by the Wainwrights, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Nick Cave, will also be joining their voices to serve as the soundtrack of an intimate rendezvous with former lovers come to share the beauty of what comes after the relationship.


What does it mean to inhabit a home when the sounds of the household have left with your love? And what becomes of the theatre once it has been (re)discovered and (re)constructed from the outside in? Long-time friend and collaborator of the French Theatre Julien Morissette and his partner in crime, Karina Pawlikowski, take us on a gentle musical stroll that will have you falling back in love with the sounds of day-to-day life, using them as unique fodder for creation from which a podcast will also be produced in mid-April.



Karina Pawlikowski is an artist and author whose work takes shape through writing materials, voice, drawing and daily life, to question the norms that frame emotional life and relationships, intimacy, domestic space and the humans who inhabit it.


Julien Morissette is a producer and musician from Gatineau. His digital arts practice, focused on radio creation and storytelling, has enabled him to produce several radio documentaries et often act as artistic advisor.



Founded in 2017 and based in Gatineau, Transistor Média is dedicated to developing fiction and documentary podcasts at a national and international scale. The group’s mission is to create, produce and distribute digital audio works, favoring sound creation, radio art and podcasting as a means of expression to promote this discipline and contribute to the public’s appreciation of art.



In-person in the Azrieli Studio
March 30-31, 8 pm

April 1, 4 pm

To purchase tickets, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/31892 or call 1-844-985-2787 (ARTS).  To find out what you need to know before accessing the building and facilities, click:https://nac-cna.ca/en/visit  


Visit the NAC website to learn more about the 2022–2023 NAC French Theatre season.




The National Arts Centre Foundation would like to thank Lead Donor, the Slaight Family Foundation, Supporting Partner of French Theatre, Québecor, and Official Hotel Partner, Embassy Hotel & Suites.




The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-prod     uces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.






Sylvain Lavoie

Communications Strategist, French Theatre

National Arts Centre


Mireille Allaire

Senior Manager, Communications

National Arts Centre



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