Capital Critics' Circle
Le cercle des critiques de la capitale

Reviewing Theatre in Canada's Capital Region
La critique théâtrale de la région Ottawa-Gatineau

Trieste: An evocative atmosphere still in search of a story

Reviewed by on    All the world's a stage   ,

TRIESTE

 

Photo:  Minelly Kamemura.

Trieste, Marie Brassard’s haunting performance, which premiered at Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques on February 25th and is inspired by the Italian city of the same name, is a performance that happens around a script. There are many beautiful aspects to the play: Brassard is a born story-teller – her voice is smooth and deep and she uses sound and images expertly to transport the audience to a city which seems more out of this world than of it. She sits on a chair under dim lighting and presents her travelogue of Trieste, the Italian city on the Adriatic Sea known for attracting artists such as James Joyce, Sigmund Freud, and Dante. Although not much to look at (by European standards, at least), the city is saturated with their spirits and leaves a lasting impression on those that visit. Brassard is an expert at creating a dream-like atmosphere and her skills truly shine in Trieste. It’s easy to get caught up in the seductive pull of her piece and forget that, while technically well done, the story is tstill a work in progress.

(Continue reading » )

Nella Tempesta:Theatre that explores political expression at the TransAmérique in Montréal.

Reviewed by on    All the world's a stage, Theatre in Canada   ,

nella_tempesta_cr_andrea_gallo_img_1988_filtre

Photo: Festival TransAmérique

The Motus theatre was founded in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò Francesconi in the Italian town of Rimini. It took them only five years to achieve international recognition and to earn the name of the Romagna felix of experimental theatre for their innovative approach to theatre. Consisting of big projects encompassing a few shows each, Enrico Casagrande describes it as a form of theatre that aims to be an instrument of investigation, knowledge and action.

(Continue reading » )

Le Festival TransAmérique: 22 mai – 8 juin, Montréal

Reviewed by on    All the world's a stage, Arts News, Theatre in Canada  

FTAATT00005

Call Info Festival for tickets and information.

INFO-FESTIVAL
514-844-3822
1-866-984-3822
FTA.QC.CA

DE GRANDS RETOURS
ESPÉRÉS ET ATTENDUS

Ils ont bousculé, marqué, enchanté le public de Montréal, et c’est avec un réel enthousiasme qu’ils le retrouveront bientôt à l’occasion du Festival TransAmériques.

Chef de file de la nouvelle danse européenne, Boris Charmatz est de retour dans la métropole après 10 ans d’absence pour une fascinante Levée des conflits qui réunit 24 danseurs. Transportée par l’effervescence qu’elle a connue l’an dernier, la compagnie italienne MOTUS a choisi Montréal pour la création mondiale de Nella tempesta. Marie Brassard confie elle aussi au public du Festival la découverte d’un nouveau spectacle envoûtant, Trieste. Après l’ébranlement de Tempest en 2011, le chorégraphe samoan Lemi Ponifasio revient en force avec une œuvre essentielle : Birds with Skymirrors. Ginette Laurin poursuit l’Onde de choc de 2010 avec KHAOS qui souligne près de trente ans de belle création d’O Vertigo. Enfin, l’inépuisable Louise Lecavalier se réinvente chorégraphe dansSo Blue.

Autant d’artistes – et bien d’autres – avec lesquels renouer dans un mois…

(Continue reading » )