Ce qu'on attend de moi
Dans cette création librement inspirée d’un essai du neurobiologiste Henri Laborit, un spectateur sera invité à plonger au cœur d’un dispositif scénique déployé simultanément dans deux salles. Ce dernier matérialisera le profond désir d’évasion et de disparition présent chez l’Homme tout en confrontant les membres du public à une triple absence : celle du spectacle, de l’acteur et d’un des leurs.
ATTEND DE MOI
Inspired by neurobiologist Henri Laborit's Éloge de la fuite, Philippe Cyr and Gilles Poulin-Denis have written a spectator into their show. One member of the audience (as chosen each night) will become the sole actor in the play, plunging into a stage environment designed to reveal the universal workings of the imagination. Exploring the concept of free will vs. social conditioning, this performance offers a new and original perspective on human behaviour to the audience as a whole.
Who hasn't ever fantasized about escaping their own life, erasing the past, and starting over? For some it remains only a dream: others manage to put it into action. In giving a single spectator the chance to escape their own reality, if only for a moment, Ce qu’on attend de moi asks the question: is it even possible for us to imagine something other than what we already know?
The convergence of multiple elements – the involvement of a non-actor, the integration of filmic language, the use of codes drawn from documentary as well as cinéma-vérité – creates a hybrid piece belonging neither to cinema nor to the theatre. The stage machinery created by Cyr and Poulin-Denis serves to bear witness to a single person's quest to create – piece by piece – the object of their escape. This profoundly human experiment gives us a close-up view of a stranger, magnified by the silver screen and filled with the heady excitement of their brand-new role.
May 20 > 25 2019
Théâtre la Seizième
March 26 > 30 2019
Théâtre du Trillium +
National arts Centre’s French Theatre
March 13 > 16 2019
March 3 > 12 2019
Residency at Usine C
May 21 > 26 2018
June 2+3 2017
June 15 > 3 2017
Résidence Aux Écuries
April 4 > 23 2016
Résidence Aux Écuries
Coproduced 2PAR4 + L'homme allumette
Written and directed by :
Philippe Cyr et Gilles Poulin-Denis
Video director and DOP:
Assistant to the Directors
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
We acknowledge the support of the British Columbia arts Council.
2PAR4 and l’Homme allumette were supported by Théâtre Aux Écuries in the creation of Ce qu’on attend de moi. A version of the show was created as part of 2017’s OFFTA festival.
Ce qu’on attend de moi has benefitted from a residency at Usine C.