“Ashes”: a celebration of our artistic heritage

«Cendres»: célébrer notre patrimoine artistique

Photo: Mikaël Theimer
The disasters multiply, starting with the fire that destroyed the home of Stephen and Viviane. The orphans are now living in their ashes — as the scenography Erica Schmitz evokes by a pile of rags, greyish —, seeking to reinvent their lives.

The stage director and choreographer Menka et recording thme continues a démarchefranchement uncommon, if not unique. It shall convene on the stage of the jitter numbers and e-mail complaints traditional, in order to enroll in the landscape today these forms of heritage in quebec as it considers neglected. After swinging the way of The passes-dangereuses Michel Marc Bouchard in 2015, she leads the creation of dance-theatre, always with the theatre Prospero. A singular object, which has sometimes its very heterogeneous nature, but often irresistible.

Ash echoes this position of art in the story itself — the remaining thin enough — which deals with heritage gone, roots and memory. As in his previous piece, shopping Centre, Emmanuelle Jimenez gives birth to a world of accents, doomsday, haunted by concerns that the end of the world well current. The disasters multiply, starting with the fire that destroyed the house, and the parents, Stephen and Viviane. The orphans are now living in their ashes — as the scenography Erica Schmitz evokes by a pile of rags, greyish —, seeking to reinvent their lives. During this time, Sophie, the ambitious elder sister, face both burnout and a hurricane, a dream to go back to the poor home that she had abandoned years earlier…

Returning a little to adult-children of Réjean Ducharme, the part of the story focuses on the orphaned favors a tone that is closer and sometimes a little too much, to my taste, than a theatre for young people. This candor is juvenile, however, illuminated by the presence of the always lovely Gabrielle Marion Rivard.

The playwright also deploys a sense of humor robust. It should be understood that Sophie taunt the holiday makers from quebec who are mourning their vacation ruined by hurricane Irma… Marilyn Perreault offer, in this register, a caricature, a composition with a sustained, high-precision, vocal and physical.

But the anecdote is not the point here. Some elements of the text give the impression of being to the trailer of the dances or songs that they announce to you… We take pleasure to (re)discover these beautiful traditional songs, arranged by Maëva Clermont. From the opening with the Lament of Sainte-Marie harmoniously chanted in choir, the charm operates.

As for the catchy numbers danced, they generally fit well in the frame, coming to illuminate the feelings of the characters, translate them into motions in which they live. A mention for Olivier Rousseau, who uses his high stature, in particular in a impressive solo dance that is more contemporary.

The three performers get away with the honours by their triple master of the game, the singing and the jitter. Demanding, who here reveals his surprising theatrical potential.

Ash

Text : Emmanuelle Jimenez. Adaptation, stage direction, choreography and musical direction : Menka et recording thme. A spectacle of the Productions of the feet hands. At the Prospero theater, until 9 march.

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