This upcoming winter season in Montreal, director and playwright Hanna Abd El Nour‘s theatre company VOLTE 21 brings two multidisciplinary works to the stage: Voyage(s), to be presented from January 22nd to February 3rd at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, and Utopie(s), which makes its World Premiere at Arsenal Art Contemporain Montréal from February 13th to March 10th.
Voyage(s) is a festive show where body and territory, dance and words, ideas and audiences confront one another. A work that speaks of identity, memory, utopia and freedom through three emblematic figures: Ulysses, Don Quixote and Peer Gynt. Actors Sylvio Arriola, Marc Béland and Stefan Verna will share the stage with musician Radwan Moumneh (Jerusalem in my heart), who delivers original music created specially for this project.
Utopies(s) is by nature, an audacious work of art. An anthology, it is an eventful performance composed of 10-life tableau. They give themselves to our senses like an awaken dream, an impermanent time, taken outside of our communal history. Its content and its aesthetics intend to answer these two essential and intrinsic questions: “What creates the identity, the memory, and the utopia of who we are?” and “How to live the nature, the culture and the History, while crafting together a collective imaginary?” A chorus of 15 performers seeks to answer these questions as they bring out the ideas of exceptional women who made the Americas; pioneers women who dreamed and created the New World, women who resisted and fought for the common good, women who inspired communities, cultures, and the collective imaginary. When art is in quest of origins, extraordinary is the rapture.
Originally from Lebanon, dramaturge and stage director Hanna Abd El Nour has been living and working in Quebec for the last 10 years. With its company Volte 21, he offers through multidisciplinary works an artistic and political expression with the intention to initiate a debate in the city. Addressed to a diverse audience, his spectacles are a sensory experience within an unconventional event, questioning the issues and the crisis of our contemporary society. Artists and citizens are reunited to celebrate a world of all possibilities and utopias.
HANNA ABD EL NOUR / VOLTE 21 PRESENTS
Monday, January 22 and 29 at 7 pm
January 23-25-26-27-30 and February 1st – 2-3 at 8 pm
(No shows on Wednesday and Sunday)
At La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (3700 Saint-Dominique)
Box Office: 514.843.7738 | www.lachapelle.org
February 13 to March 10, 2018*
At Arsenal Art Contemporain Montréal (2020 William Street)
Box Office: 438.792.0003 | www.volte21.com
* You can see UTOPIE(S) in its 12 hours integrity, or you can choose to assist to one of the 2 hours representations, distinctly showing 4 out of the 10 tableaus : SOLITUDE(S), AMOURS(S), COLÈRE(S) et RÉSISTANCE(S).
UTOPIE(S) (12 hours integral version): Saturday February 17 and March 3rd at 8pm | February 24 and March 10 at 12pm. A delicious feast will be served to accompany you in this theatrical experience (included in your ticket price)
SOLITUDE(S): Tuesday February 13, 20, 27 and March 6 at 8pm – 2 hours performance
AMOURS(S): Wednesday February 14, 21, 28 and March 7 – 2 hours performance
COLÈRE(S): Thursday February 15, 22 and March 1st and 8 at 8pm – 2 hours performance
RÉSISTANCE(S): Friday February 16, 23 and March 2 and 9 at 8pm – 2 hour performance