That which raises our spirits
After two years of pandemic, spending countless hours in restricted spaces and limited social bubbles, our 2022-23 season places humanity at the heart of society through frank but compassionate reflection. The coming season is firmly committed to exploring that which raises our spirits, that which moves us and that which pushes us to make changes.
At times, it is a film that shocks us and alters our life’s journey as it does with our heroine in Stallone. Sometimes, it’s as a group that we become aware of what deserves transformation within our communities as in Un.Deux.Trois. Often, it is injustice that drives us to revolt as in Mononk Jules. And other times, it is the tension when encountering the “Other” that ends up changing us and in so doing changing the world a little as in We Love Arabs or Le Soulier.
When I observe the world and what the future holds, it is clear to me that we must create change. But how to do so is the challenge. I find comfort in the certainty that the theatre continues to be a transformational space. It affects us and the world in a gentle manner: through words, light, emotions…
Inspired by the belief that everyone should have access to what the theatre has to offer, our team has worked tirelessly to create a totally new project: programming intended for preschoolers, an audience that we have not yet reached out to. What a joy for us to welcome the little ones and their families to the wonderful Potager du Petit Théâtre de Sherbrooke this winter! This will complete our offerings for young audiences that include workshops again this season, as well as two school touring shows, Simon Soucis and Ceci est une histoire d’amour, a new work for teenagers.
2022-23 is my last season at la Seizième. After more than a decade in Vancouver my personal life was due for a change. I leave with a heavy heart but am filled with gratitude for the 11 wonderful years spent with the company. My affection for its small but fearless team, its warmhearted artists, its open-minded, diverse and loyal public is enormous. Thank you all for making this such a welcoming place to be.
Here’s to a great season!