Firsts. I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea.
In theatre, it’s usually one of enthusiasm, of excitement, and yes, let’s not kid ourselves, also stress.
It is, in fact, a year of firsts that awaits me.
First time writing the artistic director’s note.
First time that a number of you will meet me.
First steps towards the articulation of a vision.
First palpitations as I eagerly await the reactions that this programming will spark.
But those first steps are often accompanied by those who support you, who push you, who encourage you to develop your unique voice within a community. I have been fortunate to have experienced a long transition period with Esther Duquette who has skilfully steered the la Seizième ship for the past seven years. I thank her from the bottom of my heart for all that she has brought me.
It is precisely within the optics of singularity creating collectivity that I have the honour of presenting the last season she has envisioned for you.
This year, face the incomparable, tragic, and even zany destinies of the human beings who share their stories with you. Each of them unique for their degree of vulnerability, poetry, spite, courage, love, brutality, or even idiocy.
Experience the dream of two siblings who’ve always wanted to take the stage in Michel(le) by Joey Lespérance. An exceptional artist who has been at the heart of this theatre for many years.
Let yourself be carried away by the waves of courage and determination of those trying to pave the way to another world in L’amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie.
In Malaise dans la civilisation, four tactless individuals invite you to a wacky and unusual performance doing away with all social convention….
In the intimacy of his kitchen, join Maurice, a charismatic man brimming with life, as he reinvents language to reclaim it after a devastating accident.
The future of our society is built more than ever on the plural identities of our young audiences. We are welcoming secondary students to a theatre for the first time to witness Je suis William, a feminist take on Shakespeare’s mythology revisited by Rébecca Déraspe. Author Anaïs Pellin transports the younger ones to the heart of an adventure filled with legends in La Befana. After the success of our first show for early childhood audiences last year, celebrate uniqueness in both resemblance and difference with Hermanitas.
I cannot wait to connect with you throughout the year, accompanied by the wonderful team at la Seizième. In addition to these performances, we are preparing activities and moments of exchange which I dare hope will contribute to making my first season in this new role a time of collective conviviality.
See you at the theatre!