Written & Performed by Djennie Laguerre
Directed by Dayane Ntibarikure
Black History Month School Tour
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 rue Jeanne Mance, Montreal
March 6-11, 2018 – 7pm (Mar 6-10), 3pm (Mar 11)
English Presentations: March 6, 8, 10, 11
French Presentations: March 7, 9
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Touring in schools: February 6 to March 3, 2018
Show running time: 60 minutes including Q & A
About the Play
Black Theatre Workshop is proud to present Rendez-vous With Home written and performed by Djennie Laguerre, and directed by Dayane Ntibarikure. Rendez-Vous with home is the story of sisters Josephine and Suzette, who are sent by their mother on a trip to Haiti to bury their father, a man they barely knew. Josephine, who has scant memories of her father, is anxious. Suzette, on the other hand, has no memories of her father and considers the trip an all-expenses paid vacation. But what the two sisters experience in Haiti proves to be more moving than they had expected – a journey of discovery combined with love, humour, and Haitian oral and dance traditions.
This production is being presented in both official languages – schools may select a performance in either English or French!
Book a school tour presentation: 514-932-1104 ext. 228 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Djennie Laguerre is a graduate of The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the University of Ottawa (BAC ARTS). Theatre credits: Espoir/Espwa, Imaginary Invalid, *Les Zinspirés and Les Zinspirés 3D (Théâtre Français de Toronto), Rez Sisters (Factory Theatre), Rendez-Vous with Home/ Lakay presented at Summerworks Festival and the Théâtre Français de Toronto and many storytelling festivals ;Le festival Le Loup de Lafontaine / Les Contes Nomades/NAC-Ottawa. Seventeen (Anonymous) Women (Infinitheatre, Montreal). Film/TV credits: Madame Bonheur for MiniTFO/TVO, Flashpoint and Degrassi Junior High. A teaching Artist with OAC and Young’s Peoples Theatre. *Recipient of the Summerworks Festival’s Spotlight Award 2008 for Rendez-vous with Home and * Dora Nominations for ‘Outstanding Performance- Ensemble’ for Les Zinspirés also Individual and Ensemble Performance for Les ZINSPIRÉS 3D. New work: Mother Sea/ Manman la Mer @Summerworks Festival, August 2017. AYIBOBO!
Dayane Ntibarikure is a multifaceted bilingual artist who tells stories with her voice, body, heart and soul. Not born but raised in Montreal, this is also where she stumbled upon the performing arts and decided to make it a lifelong love story. Acting, singing and dancing have always been her main outlets of creativity so as a director, she is constantly discovering ways to naturally integrate movement and voice into her work. As an alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program, Dayane is delighted to be directing the company’s next school ‘’Rendez-vous with home’’ which will be presented in both French and English. She remains forever grateful to her Black Theatre Workshop family, who allows her to explore her obsession of human connection.
Danielle Skene – Stage Manager
This is Danielle’s third year out on the road with the Black Theatre Workshop School Tour. Her previous credits include Harlem Duet, Gas Girls, Binti’s Journey, She Said, He Said and Bluenose. Danielle’s previous credits with other companies include Motherhouse, The St. Leonard Chronicles, and The Envelope (Centaur Theatre Company), Same Time, Next Year, Waiting for the Barbarians, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Forever Plaid and Tribes (Segal Centre for Performing Arts). Later this season, she will be stage managing Around the World in 80 days for Geordie Theatre.
Karl-Henry Brézault – Musician / Drummer
Born in Montreal of haitian parents, drummer Karl-henry Brezault took on the mission to preserve and share the richness of Haitian culture through it’s many traditional rhythms. Attracted by this mysterious instrument since his childhood, he started playing seriously in 2005 and had the chance to learn with master Haitian drummers such as Wikenson d’Haiti, Jean Rody Joseph and Ronald Nazaire. Karl is now part of Montreal’s music scene as a member and cofounder of the Haitian traditionnal music group Rara Soley and also as a member of Ayiti Percu, group that focuses on sharing the culture by offering drumming workshops and classes to children.
Nikita Bala – Assistant Stage Manager
Nikita is an emerging theatre artist excited to work on her first Black Theatre Workshop school tour. She has been lucky enough to stage manage productions such as Richard III (McGill University), Phenomenal 5ive (Madpoetix Productions), and most recently, A Christmas Carol for Geordie Productions. She is part of the Black Theatre Workshop’s 2017-18 Artist Mentorship Program Ensemble as a stage manager, though she finds herself fascinated by all aspects of creating meaningful theatre. She was born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E., and has been based in Montreal for the last four years.
Sara Rénélik – Choreographer
Sara Rénélik, has invested herself in many productions and collaborations since the day she entered the music industry. With a passion for dancing, she was appointed Choreographer by the largest video production house at the time in Montreal, Cinoque Films. She started to gain international recognition when she was named the Choreographer and Dancer on a major production for Celine Dion’s “Colour of My Love” which went on tour from 1994 to 1995 and was performed live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. With the success of Colour of My Love tour came the opportunity for Rénélik to collaborate with famous Cirque Du Soleil Choreographer Debra Brown for her multidisciplinary show, Line 1. She performed as a backup singer and had many duets on stage with well-known Canadian and International artists which inspired her to produce and release her first album in 2006 entitled “Aube.”
Nalo Soyini Bruce – Assistant Designer
Nalo Soyini Bruce is a Montreal-based designer, visual artist and arts workshop facilitator with a mission to create stimulating environments that elicit curiosity, a desire to explore, and an appreciation for art. For almost a decade she has contributed to the realization of multiple projects, working with collaborators and clients in their homes, workspaces, on set and in the classroom. Her creative process, characterized by strong visual communication and attention to detail, is informed by her experience in the interior design field. Nalo uses a vocabulary of surfaces, textures, and colors to engage others and to develop meaningful and effective design solutions. Her work can be seen on her website and personal blog workroom.xyz.