At a time of climate change, social inequality and the rise of populism, can beauty change the world, as Dostoevsky once said in “The Karamazov Brothers”? The Artistic Director of La Bordee, Michel Nadeau, is in any case the symbolic wish for the next season of the theatrical establishment of the Saint-Roch district.
As a witness to the political, economic and ecological upheavals of our world, Michel Nadeau believes that the concept of beauty, of which theater must be the vector, does not only concern the beauty of nature, but also “the beauty with a big B, that of the great actions of solidarity, of generosity, often gratuitous “, which he wants to transpose on the boards.
Flanked directors Marie-Helene Gendreau, Jocelyn Pelletier, Normand Olivier and Olivier Arteau, the artistic director did not hide his excitement on Monday morning at the unveiling of the 43 th season of The Bordered which will feature five productions house, in addition to four guest rooms.
Michel Nadeau will initially provide the staging of Slowly Beauty, which had been a “big success” at the presentation at Periscope in 2003. “A few years ago I wanted to take it back. I think it’s worth seeing her again, “says the artistic director, who signs the text (in collective) and staging.
Hugues Frenette, in a role played at the time by Jack Robitaille, slips into the shoes of a civil servant, mid-forties, high family and job insured, who questions his life after attending Chekhov’s Three Sisters. . The purpose of the play “puts a word on his unease that he can not express or conceptualize. It is the meeting between art and life “.
For her part, Marie-Helene Gendreau will direct the staging of Hope Town, based on a text by Pascale Renaud-Hébert which she praises “fine writing and incredible dialogue”. Story of two children from the same family, but “who do not seem to have received the same legacy”, the play is a psychological suspense made in three sequences.
One of Wajdi Mouawad’s first plays, Edwige’s Hands at the Time of Birth, will see Marianne Marceau (in the spotlight now in Christine, the Queen-Boy ) slip into the shoes of a young woman who has been a donor incredible that his parents want to exploit financially. “It’s a rhythmic piece, with all the obsessions of Wajdi,” says director Jocelyn Pelletier. The play was set 20 years ago in Montreal by Andre Brassard.
Olivier Normand was chosen to adapt the play Red by John Logan, famous scriptwriter on the big screen of Skyfall , Airman and Gladiator . The closed session highlights the tortured relationship between the intransigent painter Mark Rothko, responsible for delivering the greatest piece in the history of modern art, and his young assistant. Created in 1958, during the Cold War, the production is a source of optimism, according to its director. “At the time, it was believed that nuclear war was inevitable. With what is happening today, it gives hope that we can pull the bridle before entering the wall. ”
It is Olivier Arteau who will sign the last piece of the season, Made in Beautiful, both “political show and perpetual party”, where it is about “the legacy of our culture”. Through seven Halloween parties held over as many years, the text revisits the evolution of Quebec society and the major events that have marked it.
For the first time, La Bordee will give in the summer theater, during the month of August, with the presentation of the Name , adapted from the French film of the same name. “It’s been years since we thought about it. We will do the test, “says Michel Nadeau, pointing out that La Bordée has an air-conditioned room.
Other guest pieces include Les Hardings, inspired by the Lac-Megantic tragedy; Here is the resumption of a production starring amateur actors of various nationalities, which had a great success last year during the International Theater Crossroads; and finally L’Iliade , Homer’s classic staged by Marc Beaupre, described by Michel Nadeau as a “grand slam of an hour and a half”.