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A young girl tells her story to the walls that lock her away. With words she drives a hole into prejudices, and forges a path to dignity. Intertwining epic accounts and acrobatic feats, The Nonexistent powerfully and boldly recounts a modern-day tragedy, that of migrant children fighting to carve out a place for themselves in the sun.
A story of resilience and courage, beautifully shared through acrobatic movement theatre and live music. Together the audience and artists explore the modern calamity and complex global issues of migration and exile in this English language version of The Nonexistent.
“With The Nonexistent, the duo of Yves Simard (ideator and director) and Pascal Brullemans (text) created a story that is very closely connected to current events: a story of survival, identity, resilience that is both upsetting and poignant. This production is not “just young-audience theatre”, it is indispensable and essential theatre, regardless of one’s age.” – David Lefebvre, Mon(Theatre).qc.ca, November
Produced by DynamO Théâtre
Co-presented by Presentation House Theatre and Kay Meek Arts Centre
- Andréanne Joubert
- Mathieu Aumont
- Hugues Sarra-Bournet
- Claude Lamothe
“Lasting 55 minutes, the play seriously and perceptively tackles the issue of immigration. […] A superb play to open a discussion with your teenager!” – Y.L.G., Our Montreality, February 24, 2020
A video sneak peek of The Nonexistent
(Featuring French-language performance. English version to be performed at Kay Meek Centre.)
Text | Pascal Brullemans
Set and Costume Designer | Pierre-Étienne Locas
Lighting Designer | Martin Sirois
Composer | Claude Lamothe
Performers | Andréanne Joubert, Mathieu Aumont, Hugues Sarra-Bournet, Claude Lamothe
Makeup and Hairstyle | Suzanne Trépanier
Assistant Director and Stage Manager | Élianne Désilets-Dubé
Musician | Claude Lamothe
Voice Editor | Élianne Désilets-Dubé
Illustration | Sébastien Thibault[/cq_vc_tab_item][cq_vc_tab_item tabtitle=”Dates, Times & Tickets”]Sat Feb 12, 2022 – 2:00pm
[/cq_vc_tab_item][cq_vc_tab_item tabtitle=”Reviews”]“Lasting 55 minutes, the play seriously and perceptively tackles the issue of immigration. […] A superb play to open a discussion with your teenager!” – Y.L.G., Our Montreality
“Yves Simard’s directing is an absolutely crucial ingredient of the play’s success. Against the background of a polished set design, Brullemans’ words have all the space needed to exist and allow audiences to imagine the crossing without graphically staging it. A simple aluminum panel serves as a wall, a landing, a camp, a door or even a swell that the actors move wherever their movements require it. The audience of some 300 teens attending the performance at Maison des Arts in Laval made it very clear that they highly appreciated every acrobatic feat during the performance.” – Marie Fradette, Le Devoir
“During their bows, the extras stand hand in hand. A large smile enlivens their eyes. They are glowing with pride. As if for one night they had transcended their story.” – Michelle Chanonat, Jeu revue
“A highly topical play, both moving and impressive. […] The Nonexistent is a magnificent journey that has audiences reconsidering the borders that separate people.” – Marie-Josée Boucher, Info-culture.biz
“The creative team truly explored and took advantage of every aspect of the object: door, wall, bed, ocean and various obstacles. Its presence is both realistic and metaphorical. […] With The Nonexistent, the duo of Yves Simard (ideator and director) and Pascal Brullemans (text) created a story that is very closely connected to current events: a story of survival, identity, resilience that is both upsetting and poignant. This production is not “just young-audience theatre”, it is indispensable and essential theatre, regardless of one’s age.” – David Lefebvre, Mon(Theatre).qc.ca
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DynamO Théâtre has been working in the Quebec youth theatre landscape for over 40 years.
With its 25 original creations performed all over the world in front of more than 1.5 million spectators, the company undeniably contributes to the renewal of the practice in theater for young audiences. Our singular approach questions, reflects, defines the art of acrobatic movement and clownish play in the theater by continuing its work with the same passion and passion as when it began in 1981.
Our working method is anchored in a scenic writing.
We search, explore and create with bodies in space, as an author does with words on a blank page. Our writing is therefore one of plateau, where our collaborators are invited throughout our creative processes. It is a perilous theatre. Over time, we have developed a physical vocabulary, a method, a language of our own that has made the company’s signature. We talk about rhythms, speeds, magnitude, fixed points, momentum, suspension, acrobatics … We are talking about movement! And yet, we are placing an ever-increasing place on dramaturgy, that of bodies as well as that of words. From the scenographic space, the scenic writing, always evolving, is refined and asserted with each new production.
We are keen to offer a bold theatre to a wide audience, children, teenagers and families, to tell them stories that will make them vibrate physically and emotionally, to reflect on the world through the prisms of movement, image and text. Our playground is vast and our ambition to reach the hearts of humans, young and old, even greater.[/cq_vc_tab_item][/cq_vc_tabs]
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