Chansons pour le musée: The multifaceted experience

Performance (recorded) + creative workshop + educational kit
Francophone Theatre Youth Workshops Children Visual Arts


Ages 10-14

Offered in French only

Art in all its forms

By signing your class up for this project, you and your students will have the opportunity to explore Chansons pour le musée, the poetic, theatrical and new wave world of Karine Sauvé’s exciting hybrid museum. After viewing a recording of the show, your students, with the help of an educational kit, will learn all about how her work was put together, followed by a spontaneous writing and contemporary art appreciation workshop. 

PART 1 – The show: Class screening of Chansons pour le musée 

Length: 60 minutes

It’s as if you were entering a museum through the back door when that’s not allowed. No, make that the upside-down door! Alone, in the middle of the night, Karine-Pas-Sauvé sees some strange sculptures. The mysterious skeleton of a psychologist has told her to sing as loud as she can when anyone approaches her, as a way of soothing her after a painful separation and a shattered family cocoon. On stage with her is the noisy Nicolas Letarte-Bersianik at the controls of his sound equipment colouring the space with his electrifying music. 

A link to the recording will be sent to you a few days before the viewing date. 

With Karine Sauvé and Nicolas Letarte-Bersianik // Directed by Anne-Marie Guilmaine and Karine Sauvé // Music and sound design Nicolas Letarte-Bersianik // Music arrangements Karine Sauvé // Set and costume design Julie Vallée-Léger and Karina Sauvé // Lighting Leticia Hamaoui // Technical direction Gabriel Duquette // Production manager Catherine Renaud // Costume assistant Mélanie Charest // A Mammifères production

ÉTAPE 2 – Writing workshop: Camping au musée  

Hosted by: Anne-Marie Guilmaine 
Length: 45 minutes - 1 hour 

The virtual workshop will take place a day or two after the viewing. 

Imagine sneaking into a museum at night, all alone, to have a look at artworks that are increasingly mysterious, peculiar and intriguing… There are paintings, sculptures and installations by contemporary artists. You’re asked to write down your impressions, as spontaneously as possible, in response to poetic questions designed to hone your sensitivities, imagination and observational skills. What’s that work all about? What’s this one celebrating? What has this one just seen or heard?   

This spontaneous writing and contemporary art appreciation workshop, inspired by Karine Sauvé’s creative approach, is an introduction to contemporary art.  

Learning objectives:

  • Appreciate and interpret works of contemporary art. 
  • Develop and communicate ideas, sensations, emotions and inner images in response to artworks.  
  • Appreciate aspects of one’s own written responses and those of one’s classmates and speak about them. 

Learn more about Chansons pour le musée here

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.