Theater with puppets and heart

Trois-Rivières – In the process of setting up their unusual theater factory, Les Sages Fous have already begun to welcome international companies to perform at home. After New York’s Lone Wolf Tribe last December, the Senegalese company Djarama is offering thirteen performances of its Petit Bout de Bois show until May 2 at St. James Church.
The show has already been presented as part of the micro-festival of Les Sages Fous last October while it was in process of creation. What actress Patricia Gomis is offering today is the finished product. Eleven of the thirteen Trois-Rivières performances will be addressed to school and community groups, while another, on May 2, will be addressing people attending the Newcomer Reception Service. With respect to public performance, it will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 8 pm Tickets, at a cost of $ 20, are already on sale either on the Sages Fous website ([email protected]) or 819-800-1679. Since only 100 spectators can be accommodated, it is recommended that you quickly reserve your place.

Petits Bouts de Bois is, in fact, a co-production of Djarama and Le Tas de Sable Company – Ches Panses Vertes, from France. The show puts an offbeat look on the roads that cross street children in Senegal. Nearly 30,000 of them left their family to be entrusted to marabouts to offer them a Koranic teaching but which also forces them to beg on the streets of big cities.

The show with puppets explores their imagination, dreams and nightmares. It addresses the issue of exclusion by stopping the dysfunctions of our societies and a rampant globalization. The whole is enveloped by a emotionally distilled emotion that makes it a very touching sight.

If the subject may seem hard, the first two performances offered to elementary school children convinced the Mad Sages of the correctness of their choice. “It’s extremely touching and we’ve seen how much it’s come to get the kids,” said South Miller, Artistic Director of Les Sages Fous, after the first two performances. We heard it in the questions that the children put to Patricia but also thanks to the little words that children were invited to write and which are extraordinary messages of hope and love. ”

“It’s mobilizing for them and Patricia asked them to write a letter to the leaders of Senegal for the cause. She intends to collect them through all the places where she will present her show and then deposit them with her government. ”

As for the initial choice of this show, it is mainly the reception that the public gave him in the context of the unusual micro-festival theater. “When we set up the Unusual Theater Factory, we would like to present shows, at least a part of which was created here in Trois-Rivières, and this is the case with this one. We do not seek to have a social mission but we will not refuse shows like this especially if they are of the quality of Petit bout de bois. ”

Since there is talk of the eventual Unusual Theater Factory, South Miller says the project is going well. We are still building the file for the entire capital project with all the documents required by the various departments. “We already have a file of about 700 pages but it is important to have all the relevant official documents. We know that the Department of Canadian Heritage in Ottawa is interested in our file, which is why it is so important to complete everything before the federal election, so that, in the event of a change of government, the file will be ready for consideration by the next one. ”

“Everything went very well but we knew it would be long. A capital project of the magnitude of this one can take from five to ten years. We want it to be done in five. We are well aware that the various organizations that subsidize will not give us $ 5 million without us working. We are there on a full-time basis, which prevents us from working on creation, but the project is worth it. “

Alan Carter
Alan Carter
Alan Carter has been a reporter on the news desk since 2015. Before that she wrote about young adolescents and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Alan Carter worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.