BY LORENA GALE
DIRECTED BY DAYANE NTIBARIKURE
December 15, 2018 – Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui; Montréal (FR)*
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*French staged reading, translation by Mishka Lavigne
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A few reviews
“…it’s a focus that is successfully, if not painfully, illustrated. From start to finish, “Angélique” is a heavy show with few moments of brightness, but when light does shine through, it illustrates that dissection very
effectively.” – Mobtreal
“(Jenny) Brizard is passionate and vibrant. She brings great power in physically expressing Angélique’s
personality. She portrays Angélique as a complete person who knows who she is and this makes the tragedy all the more poignant.” – Curtains UP
“Another compelling “character” to follow: an excellent, rich score performed live by members of the SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble.” – CULT Montreal
About the play
Angélique, written by Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, is based on true events chronicling the life of Marie Joseph Angélique; an enslaved Black woman who was publicly executed for having allegedly set fire to Montréal in 1734.
The richness of Lorena Gale’s Angélique draws from elements of documentary theatre (based on actual trial transcripts), heightened drama, poetry and prose to investigate the years leading up to Angélique’s execution. Using a 1734 backdrop of Nouvelle-France, she holds a mirror to contemporary culture wherein the power of this piece reflects the unfortunate timelessness of systemic racism in society.
Angélique was first produced in Montréal in 2017 by Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop.
About the playwright: Lorena Gale
Born in Montreal, Lorena Gale was an award-winning actress, director and writer who worked extensively in theatres across Canada. Her first play Angelique was the winner of the du Maurier National Playwriting Competition and was nominated Outstanding New Play in Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards 98. Her solo performance, je me souviens: memories of an expatriate anglophone, Montrealaise, Quebecoise exiled in Canada, premiered in Eastern Front Theatre’s On the Waterfront Festival in Halifax and was produced at One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, The Firehall Theatre in Vancouver and the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.
Lorena passed away on June 21, 2009.
About the Director: Dayane Ntibarikure
Almost 3 years ago, I had the chance to discover the play Angélique while it was taking its first steps through a workshop. It is now with great honor and pride that I get to not only witness but also take part in sharing our fully bloomed version with all of you. I am forever grateful for all these opportunities that allow me to explore my obsession of human connection.
Jenny Brizard | Marie Joseph Angélique
Jenny started her journey by leaving her native city of Montréal, and traveled to Toronto where she enrolled at the Randolph Academy for The Performing Arts. A true performer at heart, some of her credits include: Cirque du Soleil, Best of Broadway, Virtuo Danse Company, Gibson Muriva, Just for Laughs Festival, Guys and Dolls at the Segal Center, Playing Doctor by Jasmynn Banks, The Stall by Judith Leconte, Trauma on Radio-Canada, The Disappearance on CTV, and the short film C’est Moi by Howard Davis. This short film presents another unearthing of Angélique’s tragic fate, and its erasure from our history. C’est moi has begun its film tour premiering in the US, so far, notably at the Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Karl Graboshas | François
Karl is thrilled to once again be onstage in Montréal. Recent theatre credits include taking Sherlock Holmes (Segal Center for Performing Arts) on tour with Toronto’s Starvox Productions to LA, Chicago, Washington, and Toronto, Triplex Nervosa (Centaur Theatre), and The Odyssey & The Iliad (Geordie Productions). Recent film/tv credits include Goon 2: The Last of The Enforcers (in theatres now), Bon Cop Bad Cop 2, Brad’s Status, CBC’s Bellevue and Sony’s Roadside Picnic pilot. He also recently voiced the role of Koller in the hit video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Karl is a native Montréaler, and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. He has been offering actors private audition coaching for the past seven years and self-taping services for the past three. He dedicates this show to his family.
Olivier Lamarche | Claude
Olivier Lamarche is a bilingual actor in all mediums. He is co-creator and co-artistic director of award nominated Montréal theatre company PlayShed, through which he is currently creating and writing an original play LIMN. He is also developing WRK N PRGRSS; a multidisciplinary showcase that gives young and emerging artists a public platform from which to share the creative process behind a work they have yet to complete.
France Rolland | Thérèse
France is a Montréal based actor. Theatre credits include: Bar Kapra The Squirrel Hunter (Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre), Histoire du Soldat (Orchestre Symphonique de Laval), Top girls (Segal Centre for Performing Arts), The Bacchae and Medea (Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre) Sexy Béton (Projet Porte Parole), Les Contes Urbains (Théâtre Urbi et Orbi). She has taken part in the Festival Transamériques, the Just for Laughs Festival and the Toronto Summerworks Festival. She has been awarded a MECCA for best actress (Medea), and a META for best supporting actress (Agave, The Bacchae).
Original music composed & performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble
(Pictured above SIXTRUM Ensemble: Joao Cataloa, Julien Compagne, Kristie Ibrahim, Fabrice Marandola)
In 2016-17, SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble celebrates ten seasons of collaborations and tours, dozens of meetings with Canadian and international composers, hundreds of concerts for young audiences, thousands of hours of rehearsal, millions of notes, and a new CD released in January 2017, De la percussion! Over the past 10 years, SIXTRUM has established a signature in contemporary percussion in Montréal and abroad. Highlight international festival appearances include performances at Printemps des Arts, Monte Carlo; Présences – Radio France, Paris; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA (O’Vertigo/SMCQ); and the opening night concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention ͞PASIC15͟. San Antonio, TX.
SIXTRUM is in residence at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal, and is supported by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Graphic Design courtesy of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre