The musts according to Mellissa Larivière
Mellissa Larivière

General and Artistic Director, ZONE HOMA

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From November 18 to December 15, 2015

Théâtre Espace libre, 1945, rue Fullum

This show will be put on from November 18 to December 15 as part of the 2015-2016 season at the theatre Espace Libre. This is a production by Transthéâtre and a coproduction with Collectif Chiennes. Performed in 2014 as part of Zone Homa and featuring a new generation of female actors, this was one of our big favourites from last year. I’m really looking forward to seeing this production by the director Brigitte Poupart, with the assistance of Sonia Lamontagne and Ève Marchand, built around the dialogues of Catherine Chabot. These six young women actors, both talented and engaged, are gathered around a table to discuss life, love and death, without any regard for taboos or conventions, as if they weren’t being watched. All of which puts the audience in the very awkward position of someone eavesdropping on a conversation they weren’t meant to hear.  An unusual and fascinating show.

Photo: Adam Kosh.

VIVA! Art Action

From October 7 to October 10, 2015

Bain Saint-Michel, 5300, rue Saint-Dominique

This new edition will be held in Montreal from October 7 to 10, 2015. Particularly original and convivial, this biennale was founded in 2006 by six artists’ centres in the greater Montreal region. VIVA ! Art Action is a platform dedicated to supporting art in action in all its most diverse forms. It makes for some unforgettable encounters between artists, the public and the various practices of this form of art – an opportunity to discover a living art which is complex, innovative and surprising, whether it’s spectacular or reserved. Performances (dance, theatre, music…), lectures, discussions with the artists, community meals and parties are all on the program. Keep an eye on it daily, on the VIVA blog

Two years ago, quite by chance, I ended up taking part in one of the performances programmed by VIVA! Art Action,  the one by the artist Marlène Renaud B. That’s how I discovered the festival and, at that event, I was pleasantly surprised by what the artists invited had to offer. The event was held at the old Bain Saint-Michel, in Mile-End, where the atmosphere was festive and homemade meals were served in the early evening. The mood was definitely one of discovery. Besides the Bain Saint-Michel, VIVA activities have taken place in participating artists’ centres, as well as in the surrounding streets and public places.

Artist: Tomasz Szrama (POL/FIN).
Photo: Guy L'Heureux.

NICE TRY (belessai)

Usine C, 1345, avenue Lalonde

Well, I haven’t been there yet, but it sounds great.  I’m going this year, and I’m really looking forward to this third edition! It will take place on September 5, at 9 p.m. in Usine C. This is an initiative taken by Théâtre à DEUX in collaboration with Usine C and based on a daring concept. These are instantaneous events that demonstrate the vitality and creativity of  our local artists! Théâtre à DEUX and its creators, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé and Marie-Philip Lamarche, bring together ten emerging creators, directors, humourists and choreographers, and just two days before the show, they are given a creative constraint proposed by the public. A different set of artists is selected for each event, consisting of a ten-minute stage performance. Furthermore, they have access to a bank of 25 actors, whose identities remain unknown until the last minute. The event is merrily followed by a dance party that goes on till late in the night. This year, a musician performing live will be added to the performances: Maxime Corbeil-Perron.

Image: Sophie Latouche.

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