Reconnect with the hope that policy by the theatre

Renouer avec l’espoir politique par le théâtre

Photo: Valérian Mazataud The Duty
The director, Patrice Dubois, an actress of scottish Fletcher Mathers and author Philippe Ducros

The ambitious project brings together three theatre companies, two languages, and artists from both nations. At the outset, there has been an initiative of the National Theatre of Scotland, which convened in Glasgow, during the referendum of 2014, artists, scottish, quebecois and catalans — who ultimately did not participate in the spectacle that has emerged to reflect on the concept of sovereignty. In the hope that through this sharing, we can perhaps “get out of our patterns in individual nations and be able to look at things differently,” says one of the guests, the stage director Patrice Dubois.

And these peoples have and good to have both experienced a referendum on independence, their paths diverge. “The independence movement is much more present in Scotland than it is here now,” says Fletcher Mathers, one of the two interpreters in scotland, in the language of Sean Connery. And it has become a movement, “people who try to distance themselves from the government” and was supported by people of different political parties. On the contrary, she feels the” urgency ” trickle down here. They are asking their canadian colleagues if it is because of Justin Trudeau… How to in effect bring him down there with the vote so tight from 1995 to today, where it “seems almost not to be pro-independence movement” ? “You need something like the Brexit “, she says, laughing, describing the output of the United Kingdom of Europe of their “best chance” for an upcoming election.

To (re)read

The independence between the scene in Edinburgh

Patrice Dubois, has been marked by the different origins of these notions (distinct) of sovereignty or independence. “For us, historically, it is done by the tongue, by a fight against Ottawa. And there, we can no longer look at things from the perspective of the “wicked English”, in a world where borders are opened. We can no longer think of this project of independence as a stand-alone project. After rereading the declaration of the patriotes in 1837 — and it was in the show — it was inclusive, with the next international. “

According to the author, Philippe Ducros, the formula in the “mirror” of the project allows them to ” exceed the common-places and move towards the issues a little more critical “. To think about the dream of a common project. “How a nation should take ownership of the Story in his next mythological, fictional, to create a movement, a sense of unity ? Is the hope that policy is still possible in our time ? How to generate in the population, when all that it incites to do is to take care of your pension plan and your individualism ? According to me this is the heart of the piece. It is based a lot on the disappointment that we experienced in 1995. “

Created at the Edinburgh Fringe before his presentation at the Quat’sous, First snow/First Snow is not a manifesto, whether pro-independence — and the question is asked because the National Theatre of Scotland is held to the neutrality, rather a question on the possibility of creating a project civic collective.

The playwright believes that it is necessary to address the question of sovereignty in a new way. In particular, in terms of control and protection of our territory. “There are current issues of global warming. It does not have the authority on where we are going to driller a port in Quebec, because the sea routes are [skill] federal. So we can exit the pipeline at Cacouna ! There are elements to update in the speech, which was very present in Scotland. “

Writing as a trio

Written with Davey Anderson and Linda McLean, authors with different styles who do not speak French, and from two continents, the room was in need of a long process. With lots of trips and Skype conversations. “At times, this work could be frustrating and a little disheartening, tells the story of Philippe Ducros. But I am extremely proud of : I have a feeling that one has managed to come up with a project where we are all lumped together, and that it is our forces that have emerged. In the end, I believe that if it works, it is because the content reflects the about. The fact that we had all these discussions-there, that’s what we talk about in the show. “

At times, this work could be frustrating and a little disheartening. But I am extremely proud of : I have a feeling that one has managed to come up with a project where we are all lumped together, and that it is our forces that have emerged. In the end, I believe that if it works, it is because the content reflects the about. The fact that we had all these discussions-there, that’s what we talk about in the show.

— Philippe Ducros

The team was initially based on a historical research and sociological. In particular, they have met with the sociologist Gilles Gagné, who explained the ” difference between corporation and community “. And that ” the identity movement in québec is based on the community. The parish ! The company [together rather] people from plenty of places, to different points of view, which should [agree to choose], in which direction the boat oar. In the structure of the project, it was found to do the same thing “.

The piece reproduced the situation of individuals with very different who share the same space, via the microcosm of the family. In search of personal emancipation, a woman (Isabelle Vincent) brings together his whole family, scattered and very heterogeneous, in the marital house.

“We share a lot of concepts, ideas, but the show is ultimately very touching, considers his co-author. We speak of the trajectories of human, desire to meet and move forward. “

Who is speaking ?

First snow, starring a distribution with “cultural backgrounds very different” and presents a plurality of political views, is also based on improvisation sessions with the performers. “We realized that what we could invent was usually less interesting than what came out of the actors speaking directly,” explains Philippe Ducros. The room has two areas : fiction and non-fiction. The actors interrupt the representation to speak of their lived experience. “The show blurs the line between character and performer : who speaks ?

“It is an experience incredibly personal for us,” reports Fletcher Mathers. We talk about all things personal. From the questions asked by the authors, there was a discussion of sovereignty, of love, of family… “

If he would have appeared unthinkable, in the past, to create a piece dealing with sovereignty half in English (with surtitles), Patrice Dubois believes that the barriers, born of our wounds with the Rest of Canada, are no longer valid “. The creators would like to present their show in theatres in English-speaking here. “For us, there is something very important in this encounter, in this clash of ideas that it creates. We think that it may be the beginning of a “reconciliation” with scenes where we would never have thought to be able to go. Especially with this subject in hands. But this topic, in the sense that they do hear it, it is universal. “

First snow / First Snow

Text : Davey Anderson, Philippe Ducros, Linda McLean. Directed by : Patrice Dubois. With François Bernier, Marilyn Castonguay, Guillermina Kerwin, Thierry Mabonga, Fletcher Mathers, Harry Standjofski, Isabelle Vincent. A show of the PÀP, productions, Hotel-Motel and the National Theatre of Scotland. At the Théâtre de Quat’sous from 26 February to 23 march.