Photo: Caroline Laberge
It does justice to the vitality of the inhabitants of the maze, their humanity, their thirst and their appetite, in short to their desires, to the pleasures they have left.
A labyrinth is the metaphor in which some of the participants of Home Depot : a museum of the perishable use to describe the Center for housing and long-term care in which the company’s composite Materials, which produces the show presented these days to be free Space, and prompted them to engage. The goal : to meet with a resident, a resident, to discuss without tags, enter into a relationship, talk about the past, the present and the future, the material and spiritual life, the constraints of the body and the flights of the mind. The approach is citizen, of course, but more empathetic as a political one.
It begins by pacing the corridors of the place imagined by Marie-Ève Fortier, walking between the bed and the wheelchair, the walker and the lift, there is clothing from another era, sculptures worrying and watercolors vibrant. In this ” museum of the perishable “, it documents the passing of time, the health leaky, the death that is gradually gaining ground, but also, and perhaps even more importantly, it does justice to the vitality of the inhabitants of the maze, their humanity, their thirst and their appetite, in short to their desires, to the pleasures they have left.
And then Anne Sophie Rouleau — including Album of the graduates, devoted to the teen years, had achieved a success well deserved — tells the audience that it is the admission of his mother in a ltc facility that has given him a desire to create the spectacle that you are about to attend. Punctuated by the interventions more or less useful to Claudia Chan Tak, dancer, and Cédric Soucy, musician, the representation finds its reason of being in the presence of Alexandre Vallerand, a young man with cerebral palsy will certainly not take flight. The one that had been discovered in Take me, a short fiction film by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette on the sexual life of the disabled, was inspired to Dany Boudreault — who provides the narration out-of-field for the whole show — a text-an honesty that upsets.
Each evening, three authors come to speak the monologue born of their appointment to the CHSLD. At first, we had the right to the words sensitive of Sarah Berthiaume, Jean-Christophe Réhel and Virginie Beauregard D. The interpretation was uneven, it must be acknowledged, but the essential is not there. What is less explainable, however, it is the little interaction between writers and residents, yet present. This show a little rough, a little too long, it nevertheless galvanized, convinced of the crucial role that art can play when it comes to mediate between the human being and its condition, when comes the time to tame the slope’s tragic fate.
A previous version of this article, which incorrectly stated that the short film Take me was a documentary, has been corrected.
Home Depot : a museum of the perishable
Co-creation : Anne Sophie Rouleau and Marie-Eve Fortier. A production of composite Materials. To free Space until the 9th of march.