MONTRÉAL, AUGUST 25th 2016 – La Chapelle unveils Olivier Bertrand’s first programming, new director at the helm of the underground theater on Saint-Dominique street. With his passion for contemporary creation and his solid experience (Scène Nationale de Dieppe, Théâtre de la Bastille and the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris), Olivier ensures continuity of the pioneer mandate of La Chapelle, while bringing a new vision.
“La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines must always remain closest to what’s happening today in the field of performing arts, to reflect as closely as possible the state of contemporary art. It’s a place where it is still possible to take risks, to experiment, to push the boundaries, to meet people, to make discoveries. A place where the artists and the public can exchange and where young creators can share with more experienced artists. It’s a multilingual, pluridisciplinary, transgenerational place! ”
− Olivier Bertrand
4 SEASONS – A theatrical year will now have 4 seasons at La Chapelle, embracing the natural rhythm of a year. The 2016-2017 4 seasons is 16 projects (dance, theater, music, performance and more) including 13 premieres, with many emerging artists and some more established.
SUMMER – This summer, La Chapelle has welcomed a dozen of artists in residence who worked on projects that will be presented soon on the same stage. To close this season of residencies, La Chapelle opens its theatrical year with Short & Sweet (concept by Kleinplatz Sasha and Andrew Tay), creative and festive evenings where artists take risks and offer uncompromising ephemeral creations… up to 3 minutes maximum! It’s a La Chapelle special edition that we have the pleasure to host and where we will see on stage many of the 4 seasons artists. The performances will take place on September 8, 9 and 10 at 8pm (all tickets 15$) and a season opening party will take place on September 10th starting at 9:30pm (free entrance).
FALL – Fall begins with the new creation of Daina Ashbee, Pour, a reflexion around the connection (or disconnection) of women in relation to their bodies and their sexuality. The work of the young choreographer has already been noticed in other countries (Switzerland, Norway, Mexico, England) and she was finalist for the Prix du CALQ in 2015. In October, Sarah Berthiaume’s Yukonstyle will be presented in a new English version from Talisman Theatre company, directed by Genevieve L. Blais. In November, La Chapelle is collaborating for the first time with La Biennale de Montréal for Toutes les chansons que j’ai composées (Every Song I’ve Ever Written), a PME-ART + Jacob Wren show that combines performance and music, presented for the first time in its entirety (karaoke, solo, group, web). It is with enthusiasm that we welcome this hit show from Festival TransAmériques 2016, Logique du pire from Étienne Lepage and Frédérick Gravel. Then Philippe Dandonneau is coming to La Chapelle with J’ai rasé mes jambes six fois and no sex happened, a dance performance that questions the notions of genre and stereotypes. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Daniel Léveillé Danse, and the 40 years of career of its founder Daniel Léveillé: the return of two important pieces of the acclaimed choreographer, Amour, acide et noix and La pudeur des icebergs.
WINTER – From January 23, La Chapelle starts its winter season with Corps Mort, a moving scenography of bodies and hanging chairs, orchestrated and choreographed by Martin Messier. Then WIVES collective presents their new creation Action Movie, a live anti-oppression action movie on stage, which addresses a feminist perspective on violence and representation of women in Hollywood blockbusters. In February, Danse-Cité and choreographer Katia Gagné plunge us into a universe that combines dance, video, travels and theater with ELLE-MOI. D’un bout du monde à l’autre. Helen Simard brings us Idiot, second part of a trilogy of creations inspired by the musician Iggy Pop, which bring together contemporary dance and live punk music. To close the winter season, a play by German author Falk Richter, Ivresse, in a new adaptation directed by Mireille Camier.
SPRING – From March 22nd to 31st, La Chapelle welcomes author Mathieu Arsenault who is making his theatre debut with the stage adaptation of his novel La vie littéraire. April brings us the prolific duo Marc Beaupré and François Blouin (back to La Chapelle after having presented Caligula remix and Dom Juan uncensored) with their new piece Hamlet_director’s cut, where we find a Hamlet in full control, which acts as narrator, director and editor of its own history. Subsequently, we receive multidisciplinary young collective projets hybris with (MORE) PROPOSITIONS FOR THE AIDS MUSEUM, an interdisciplinary creation addressing the complex memory of the AIDS crisis. In May, the young artist Mykalle Bielinski enchants us with Gloria, a multimedia immersive opera combining theatrical songs, electronic music and VJing, a piece that praises the sacred. Spring will end with Nicolas Cantin’s Spoon, a solo which address issues related to childhood, imagination and our relationship to the past and the future.
Mondays 7pm are now Premiere nights! To fulfil these nights where the cultural offer is often quiet, the Premieres of most shows will now take place on Monday at 7pm. The detailed schedule will be available on August 25th at lachapelle.org or in our printed brochure.
Happy Days : 15$ tickets! With the new special fare Happy Days (Jours de fête), 15$ tickets will be available in limited quantities for the Premieres of each show. The best is that you can book in advance from the comfort of your living room. Hurry up!
La Chapelle’s 5@7. In addition to the regular programming, La Chapelle offers a series of free 5 @ 7, in the theater’s bar; conferences, performances, small shows, etc.
New $20 / ticket flexible package! 5 entries package for 100$. Simple and economical, you can use it to see 1 to 5 shows, alone or with others.