Les Coups de Théâtre Festival announces 15th edition spring lineup

Programming features 11 shows for audiences ages 5 years+

MONTREAL, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Today the Festival Les Coups de Théâtre unveils the first segment of its 2018 edition, which will run from May 20 to 27. The Festival international des arts jeune public is celebrating its 15th edition at two different times this year*, beginning by joining in Montreal’s springtime artistic effervescence with eight days of intense activity, showcasing works for young audiences from Québec and around the world. Eleven exciting productions from Canada/Québec, Italy, France, Mexico, Spain/Catalonia, Norway and Belgium/Flanders will be presented in nine Montreal venues in six different locations. Theatre, dance, puppet theatre, masked theatre, storytelling, performance—this year’s programming includes an exceptional collection of shows for all audiences 5 years of age and over!

*Les Coups de Théâtre will be held at two different times this year: from May 20 to 27 and from November 11 to 18.


“Each of the works being presented in May 2018 features children’s characters that are larger than life. Young audiences need to see heroes they can identify with, and this year’s edition of the Festival offers some very remarkable and unique heroines,” explains Rémi Boucher, artistic director of Les Coups de Théâtre. “This spring segment of the Festival is being swept in on a wind of change, bringing characters to life who portray young girls and teenage girls in the thick of their personal battles—battles that our female colleagues, artists and creators have been fighting for many years,” he adds.

The talented playwrights and choreographers featured in the 2018 spring segment take on the big questions of childhood: the search for oneself, one’s identity and place in the world. Conventional wisdom takes a hit across the bow, characters from the children’s stories of our youth are reinvented, and the qualities of mutual support, resilience, inventiveness and generosity that are so much a part of childhood and the transition to adolescence are celebrated. “These productions, surprising and ambitious, are part of the renewal of the arts for young audiences that is happening around the world, rekindling a sensitive dialogue with all audiences,” explains artistic director Rémi Boucher.


Les Coups de Théâtre, home of freedom, pleasure and discovery, is proud to present works that have been carefully chosen to appeal to a mixed audience of children and adults. With a large number of performances to choose from—more than half of which are in the early evening, on the weekend or over the long holiday weekend in May—and presentations in schools, the Festival continues to offer a selection of shows created by both established artists and emerging talents: actors, writers, directors, choreographers and production designers. The Festival Les Coups de Théâtre has always devoted a large part of its programming to new works from Québec while also offering its Montréal public North American premieres of exciting international productions.

Alongside the many performances, the Festival offers various conferences and readings, as well as several workshops for teenagers and their families. All of the activities held in conjunction with the artistic programming will be announced in April.


Tristero | Belgium/Flanders
Text and direction by Kristien De Proost
THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE | In French | 65’ | 16+
Monument-National (Studio Hydro-Québec)
May 21, 3 p.m. | May 22, 7 p.m. | May 23, 1 p.m.

Cheeky and fascinating, this unusual laying bare (in more ways than one) is carried on the breath of an exceptional artist. A veritable tour de force.

Compagnie Le Zéphyr | France and Canada/Québec
Text by Daniel Danis
Direction by Véronique Bellegarde
THEATRE | In French | 60’ | 10+
Maison de la culture Frontenac
May 23, 1 p.m. | May 24, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The most recent work by Quebec writer Daniel Danis, full of poetry, magic and humour, is an eloquent expression of the joy of living. A story about the resilience of abused children as they find their way into a more serene adulthood.

Compañía Nacional de Teatro | Mexique
Text by Dominick Parenteau-Lebeuf
Direction by Violeta Sarmiento
THEATRE AND MUSIC | In French | 50’ | 6+
Maison de la culture du Plateau–Mont-Royal
May 23, 10 a.m. | May 24, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
An original work by Québec writer Dominick Parenteau-Lebeuf, Iris tient salon features a charming young Mexican performer portraying a curious young lady whom nothing escapes as she tries to understand the nature of childhood.
Compagnie Le Clou | Canada/Québec
Text and lyrics by Rébecca Déraspe
Direction and set design by Sylvain Scott
MUSICAL THEATRE | In French | 75’ | 9+
Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (Théâtre Rouge)
May 23, 10 a.m. | May 24, 10 a.m.
Rébecca Déraspe’s text, confounding genders and historical periods, is remarkably beautiful and surprisingly relevant in the current social context. This powerful piece of musical theatre takes on the themes of brotherly love and truth in a desire to strip away the social masks that have probably not changed very much since Shakespeare’s time…
Théâtre Bouches Décousues, in coproduction with Théâtre Les gens d’en bas | Canada/Québec
Text by Maribel Carrasco, Translation and adaptation by Jasmine Dubé and Boris Schoemann
Direction and set design by Boris Schoemann
THEATRE | In French | 60’ | 5+
Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (Studio Jean-Valcourt)
May 25, 7 p.m. | May 26, 2 p.m.
Jasmine Dubé was captivated by the Mexican work Los cuervos no se peinan (Crows don’t comb their hair) at the Festival in 2014. Now, four years later, Les Coups de Théâtre is presenting her French adaptation of this tender, touching work in a Québec version directed by the original director.
Le Théâtre du Frèt | Canada/Québec
Text by Suzanne Van Lohuizen, Translation by Marijke Bisschon
Directing by Julien Feder
MASKED THEATRE | In French | 50’ | 7+
Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (Studio multimédia)
May 21, 2 p.m. | May 22, 1 p.m.

This play by Dutch writer Suzanne Van Lohuizen, making its Québec premiere at the Festival this year, reaches across the generations with characters that are rarely seen in shows for young audiences in North America. It tells the story of three old men who receive a letter telling them that their time is up: today is their last day. As they try to find ways to bid farewell to life, we are treated to the polished performance of a text full of freshness and malice.
Plexus Polaire | Norway and France
Text and direction by Yngvild Aspeli
PUPPET THEATRE | Without words | 40’ | 8+
Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal (Studio multimédia)
May 25, 10 a.m. | May 26, 1 p.m. | May 27, 1 p.m.

A grotesque cabaret that constantly teeters between seriousness and irony, shivers and hilarity, this terribly funny visual show is a fantastic expression of the themes of fear and oblivion.
Le fils d’Adrien danse | Canada/Québec
Choregraphy by Harold Rhéaume
DANCE | Without words | 60’ | 9+
Usine C (Grande Salle)
May 21, 7 p.m.

A choreographed work of great serenity, this production is a celebration of empathy and the giving of oneself… because we all have the power to transform our dependencies and relationships to others.
Projet Mû | Canada/Québec
Text by Pascal Brullemans
Direction by Nini Bélanger
THEATRE | In French | 60’ | 6+
Maison de la culture Frontenac
May 26, 10:30 a.m. | May 27, 11 a.m.

With a gleeful twist on the traditional codes of storytelling, this intimist production tells a wonderful tale of spirit and courage.
Quintavalla Stori – Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni | Italy
Choregraphy by Bruno Stori
DANCE | Without words | 55’ | 6+
Usine C (Petite Salle)
May 20, 3 p.m. | May 21, 11 a.m. | May 22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This poetic work—an epic tale—tells the story of the liberation of an inseparable pair of brother-and-sister rebels. The evocative power of dance is used to extraordinary effect in this inventive and powerful choreography.
Los Moñekos | Spain/Catalonia
Choregraphy by Enric Àlvarez and Los Moñekos
DANCE | In French | 45’ | 8+
Espace Libre
May 21, 4 p.m. | May 22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This surrealistic, surprising voyage into the heart of the mythology of the Far West has the raw energy of a street show, as the verbal and physical repartee flies fast and furious!



An international event, Les Coups de Théâtre festival contributes to the enrichment of arts and culture for children and young people while deepening their interest in the performing arts and new artistic practices. Providing a space for discovery, exchange and reflection, the Festival has become an artistic event unique in Canada whose high quality, innovative and diverse programming ensures that performing arts for young audiences has a place in the international theatre community. www.coupsdetheatre.com

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