Face-à-Face

Jérémy Niel

April 6. 7. 8. 9, 2021 > 8 p.m.
April 10. 11, 2021 > 4 p.m. + 8 p.m.

La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
Tickets: $20 to $30 (taxes included)

In a living room, as Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Robert Gravel did with such freedom in a time long past, Jérémie Niel invites Catherine Gaudet. Gazing into each other’s eyes, face to face. In a theatre, Félix-Antoine Boutin and Louise Bédard address the audience, question them, attempt to sing, play, dance, and holler sense, face to face. The four artists scrutinize each other. Searching the pupils of those they stand before, they hope to find a way to speak of beauty, falling, love, chaos… the things we spend a lifetime searching for from studio to studio, alleyway to alleyway, performance to performance.

Jérémie Niel creation and stage direction
Catherine Gaudet choreographies
Louise Bédard, Félix-Antoine Boutin interpretation
Antonia Mappin-Kasirer creation assistant
Régis Guyonnet lighting design
Léonie Blanchet costume design
Jean-Sébastien Côté sound design & spatialisation
Karine Galarneau accessories
Kevin Bergeron production direction
Jérôme Guilleaume technical direction and stage director

For the first time, these creator performers mutually interrogate each other on their ways of making and conceiving of live art, on what they have spent their lives researching, from project to project, studio to studio, piece to piece. This brings them to talk about dance, theatre, romanticism, landscape, abstraction, politics, morals, critical thought, sensitivity, vagueness… In front of an audience, they transform La Chapelle into an agora to rethink the meeting between theatre and dance.

Jérémie Niel, stage director and artistic director of Pétrus, orchestrates this face-off, shouldered by the choreography and dramaturgical input of one of his long-time accomplices, choreographer Catherine Gaudet.

After the success of his last work, Noir, presented at the Théâtre de Quat’sous in January 2019, Niel continues on his quest to unbar performing arts codes, and maintains his obsession with the perhaps impossible fusion of the two solitudes in his artist’s heart: dance and theatre.

 

What bridges might we build?
Where will all this lead us?
Is there a way through? Is a story possible?

— Jérémie Niel

Trained at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, Jérémie Niel is the founder and artistic director of Pétrus. 

His signature style has been crafted through various research projects and the singularity of his work stems from a plurality of elements: introverted play that values silence, interdisciplinarity, the important role of sound, low lighting, specific scenography.

He has directed a dozen plays produced by his company that have been presented at the Théâtre La Chapelle, the Festival TransAmériques, Usine C, the Théâtre Prospero, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Théâtre national de Chaillot in Paris. He has also collaborated on numerous dance, theatre and music events.

Parallel to his artistic work, and supported by his studies in arts management at HEC Montréal, he works as a programmer and administrator for several organizations: Omnibus, Théâtre La Chapelle, the OFFTA, Les 7 doigts de la main, Compagnie Marie Chouinard and the Festival international de la littérature.

Photos
Louise Bédard, Félix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice Gaëtan

coproduction  Danse-Cité & Pétrus

financial support
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal

header photo: Louise Bédard, Félix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice Gaëtan

La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
3700, Saint-Dominique street
Sherbrooke
LA CHAPELLE Ticket Office : 514.843.7738
Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair accessible.