This month, Théâtre la Seizième presented the Danielle Arcand Award to the actress Julie Trépanier for her role in Straight Jacket Winter. Accompanied by a $500 prize, this award is given out every two years to an artist 35 years old or younger who has distinguished themselves by their talent and exceptional contribution to the company’s productions.
Since 2016, Julie Trépanier has played the feminine role in Straight Jacket Winter. Part of the cast since the premiere of this play, written by Esther Duquette and Gilles Poulin-Denis at Carrefour international de Théâtre (Québec), in June 2016, Julie toured with the show in Vancouver, Montréal, Ottawa and Sudbury (Ontario) that same autumn. During winter 2016-2017, the show was presented at Théâtre la Licorne (Montréal) and in Moncton (New-Brunswick). Next season, the play will be performed in Winnipeg (Manitoba) for 12 evenings at Théâtre Cercle Molière.
« This project, its creators, Théâtre la Seizième and its audience hold a special place in my heart and in my artistic career. What a wonderful gift the jury has given me, I’m honoured and moved. » said Julie Trépanier at the announcement of the award.
Julie Trépanier portrayed Sophie in Des fraises en Janvier (2014) and Carmen in À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-lou (2014) at Théâtre la Seizième.
The jury, made up of a member of the Board of Directors, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, and two subscribers, Ève Gagnon and Kim Lockhart, were impressed by the quality of her work, her capacity to convey emotions and by the physicality of her performances.
« In this very special play where the actress and the embodied person share the same stage, Julie offered a trustworthy and seizing acting. All the emotions were communicated with a true intensity and veracity. », said jury member Ève Gagnon.
New projects emerging before summertime for the artists of Théâtre la Seizième…
|Playwright and director Gilles Poulin-Denis (Straight Jacket Winter, Bonjour, là, Bonjour) and Philippe Cyr from the company L’Homme allumette (Unité Modèle) present their new participatory show Ce qu’on attend de moi at Théâtre aux Écuries (Montréal), May 21-26, 2018. A member of the audience, chosen at each performance, becomes the only actor in a hybrid performance halfway between theatre and cinema. She or he then plunges into the heart of a scenic device that explores the universal mechanisms of the imaginary.|
|As part of the prestigious Shaw Festival in Ontario, Anita Rochon (Extra-Céleste) directed the romantic comedy Stage Kiss, presented until September 1st. This play by Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Sarah Ruhl has two bitter exes cast as passionate lovers. Will they strangle or seduce each other?|
|Marie Farsi (Crème-Glacée) is currently working with director Chris Abraham on Macbeth (Bard on the Beach) opening June 17th. She is also producing and directing two shows with her company Babelle Theatre, both written by James Gordon King (author in residence with Théâtre la Seizième): This, Here (presented in July in Vancouver) and All my Friends are Animals (young audience show co-produced with Axis Theatre and opening in September).|
|Anaïs Pellin was chosen by Association des théâtres francophones du Canada to participate in a master class led by Larry Tremblay, during the Festival du Jamais Lu (Montréal), May 5-12. This training on ludic anatomy will result in a public presentation on May 12th where participants will share with the audience what they discovered, developed and created during the workshop.|
|Emilie Leclerc (Unité Modèle, Bonjour, là, Bonjour, etc), second from the right in the photo, attended Banff Playwrights Lab at the end of April. With 5 other actors, she gave life and voice to the words of the Canadian and international playwrights in residence. This summer in Vancouver, she will be working on Phase two of a new show with Alley Theatre and The Necessary Stage (Singapour).
1. The last part of a trilogy
Guillaume Corbeil, who graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in playwriting in 2011, is the author of a trilogy on the theme of the image, Unité Modèle is the closing chapter. In 2012, he published Nous voir nous (Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle), the Michel Tremblay award, the Best Original Text Award of the AQCT (Quebec Theatre Reviewers’ Association), and the Audience’s Choice Award at the Primeur contemporary playwriting festival in Saarbrücken, Germany. A hit with critics and audiences alike, this play brought Guillaume a fair amount of fame while revealing his unique writing style. It was followed by Tu iras la chercher, in 2014, performed at the Espace Go theatre in Montréal during the FTA (Festival TransAmériques), and then by Unité Modèle.
Photo : Jeremie Battaglia
2. An experienced duo
The play brings together on stage two actors well known to Vancouver audiences: Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin and Emilie Leclerc. For the third time, these two friends in life as well as on stage, perform together in a production by Théâtre la Seizième. They both won a Jessie Award in 2016 for their performance in Mathieu Mathématiques, and you may have seen them last year in Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour, là, bonjour.
3. A play that travels
Unité Modèle was premiered at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, in Montréal, in 2016, in a production directed by Sylvain Bélanger. The text was then adapted for Théâtre Poche, in Geneva (Switzerland), by director Manon Krüttli, in a lighter form, with singing and dancing, and with actors dressed in zany costumes. And now, it is in Vancouver—where housing costs are prohibitive and where the author’s message is bound to resonate strongly—that the play will be produced by a young and dynamic team with diverse backgrounds.
Photo : Samue Rubio
4. A friendship that translates into text
Anita Rochon and Guillaume Corbeil studied together at the National Theatre School of Canada and are good friends. It seemed only natural to entrust her with the translation to be used for the English surtitles!
5. A Dutch set designer
Manon Veldhuis is a space designer who works in theatre, exhibitions and interior design. She has collaborated on various projects with Toneelgroep Amsterdam (as assistant set designer for adaptations of Shakespeare and Woody Allen), the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Dutch Ministry of Culture and the City of Amsterdam. She has worked on projects by renowned designers Theun Mosk and Julien Thomas, the latter being based in Vancouver. It is her first project in Vancouver and we are thrilled to have her on the team.
6. The conditional mood
The “conditionnel” in French, corresponds to the conditional mood (the “would” form) in English, and is used for hypothetical situations. It is not the most common of verb forms. In French, it can at times seem a bit outdated, its pronunciation tricky, its spelling convoluted… This play is peppered with it! “Vous desserreriez votre cravate” (you would loosen your tie), “vous lui enverriez votre plus beau sourire” (you would beam her your most beautiful smile”). The text of the play is surprising in its form. You will notice that this feature does not impede understanding at all, and that it is perfectly suited to the subject (hypothetical circumstances, a fantasized life). It just requires a bit of diction gymnastics from the actors!
7. A humorous show
Based on the theme, it seems unlikely at first glance, but this is a spirited play! With dance, eclectic music, different beats and variety in the acting, we can guarantee that you won’t be bored. You will laugh (sometimes on the other side of your face), you will go through a wide range of emotions, and you will look at your place with a fresh perspective when you get home from the theatre. Unité Modèle, in its Vancouver incarnation, is a fanciful production, carried along by a team of people who took pleasure in putting it together, and who, above all, really had fun in the process!
Photo : Gaetan Nerincx
Théâtre la Seizième is proud to present its 2017-2018 programming of two local and four visiting productions. Théâtre la Seizième wants to reach all culture lovers, but also to surprise its audience with new faces and new forms of stage performance. This season’s plays have been specifically selected for the light they shed on some of today’s many challenges (immigration, superficiality and appearance, birth rate and environmental protection, individualism and unity of the family, and the cult of performance). “We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity.” stressed Esther Duquette, Artistic and Managing Director. As well, additional representations with English surtitles will allow more non-French speaking culture lovers to join us and enjoy our productions.