L'ÉCOUTE D'UNE ÉMOTION: Waves of Desire and Radio

From October 11 to 14, the remarkable Larissa Corriveau delivers the story of an intense passion in the NAC Studio


September 25, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – After a collective work featuring nine young performers giving form to the invisible, French Theatre continues its “inner dive” with a production that explores the high stakes of passion. L’écoute d’une émotion is a powerful monologue with the feel of a radio show taking us down the winding paths of a stir that is both intoxicating and liberating.

Who better than the sublime Larissa Corriveau to take on this high-wire act, which uses physical movement to investigate desire and the limitations of language to express the pulse of that desire? Lauded for her versatility as well as for her solid physical technique, Corriveau seizes both the microphone and the stage to deliver this spellbinding dramatic monologue by Marie-Laurence Rancourt.

“The beginning of a radio show is like the beginning of a love affair; you’re at the very beginning, it’s the very beginning; all time is ahead of you; you have no idea what’s coming next, and yet you’re drawn in; you’re afraid; you see the clocks, you see the time, the time that may run out, you see the silence, you see the unforeseen, the unexpected …. I love the beginning of a radio show like I love the beginning of a love affair; from the very first moments, something unfolds   that wasn’t there at the beginning, something you didn’t know was there and that you’re going to create,” reveals the woman at the microphone.

The founder of Magnéto company – which created L’écoute d’une émotion (coproduced by French Theatre) –, Rancourt has proven her talent as an investigator of our social worlds with the radio drama Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ, which was presented at the NAC in the fall 2022. Here,    she does it once again, adding directing to this intimate gem, presenting a unique voice that, while addressing the many, seems secretly to be saying, “Deep down, you’re the only one I’m talking to.”

So, get ready for a great performance by an exceptional actor, an extraordinary text ... as well as one or two songs.



Larissa Corriveau is an artist who transcends classifications. An actor, author and director, she has made a name for herself in the theatre scene, where she has worked with such luminaries as Marie Brassard (La fureur de ce que je pense), Brigitte Haentjens (Richard III and L’opéra de quat’sous), Catherine Vidal (Je disparais) and Emmanuel Schwartz (Nathan) – all of these works have been presented at the NAC. In 2019, she drew acclaim for her film debut in Denis Côté’s Répertoire des villes disparues (selected to compete at the 69th Berlinale). She went on to act in several other film productions: Denis Côté’s Hygiène socialeUn été comme ça and Mademoiselle Kenopsia; Stéphane Lafleur’s Viking. She has several television appearances under her belt as well, including in Toute la vieMotel ParadisL’échappéeÀ cœur battant and Les yeux fermés.



Azrieli Studio

October 11, 12 and 13 at 8pm, as well as October 14 at 4pm

On the Friday, the performance will be followed by a talkback with the artists.

Tickets: $37

Under30 tickets are for anybody under the age of 30, at $15

All my Relations: $15 tickets welcoming the Indigenous community

To purchase tickets, visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/33685 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 2023-2024 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-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, 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 Anishinabe Algonquin Nation.





Sylvain Lavoie

Communications Strategist, French Theatre

National Arts Centre



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