La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines unveils 2017-18 season

Contemporary creation centre announces upcoming artistic programming

MONTREAL, AUGUST 21, 2017La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines unveils today the details of its 17-18 programming. True to its customs, La Chapelle offers a fertile year in creation (24 projects, including 16 premieres) and welcomes a wide range of artists from all horizons and from all disciplines.

The kick-off will be given on September 9th with a convivial, festive and free opening event! From 6 pm, La Chapelle will open its doors for a drink and a bite, and to meet informally with the artists to discuss the projects that will shape the four seasons. Then at 8 pm, Jocelyn Pelletier, surrounded by graduates of the National Theatre School, presents HAMLET-MACHINE, according to the text of Heiner Müller. After the show, Jocelyn Pelletier will be our DJ for a party to celebrate the opening of this great year of discoveries!

What’s new this year: some shows will be presented alternately, over the same period, to allow us to keep them playing for a longer duration, a special price for our neighbours to solidify the links that unites La Chapelle to its neighborhood, as well as a greater place for music programming!

End of summer programming (Image courtesy of La Chapelle)

SUMMER 2017 – Although fall is fast approaching, summer is not over yet at La Chapelle! After receiving several artists in creative residencies during the warm season (Hanna Abd El Nour, Nicolas Berzi, Peter James, Andréane Leclerc, Andrew Tay and Ellen Furey) we will present two performances as part of the Queer Performance Camp event. On August 24th, Gaétan Paré presents Opera omnia-je suis venu te dire, a poetic multidisciplinary work in which the notion of gender is questioned. Then on August 26th, it’s New York author and director Tina Satter’s turn to present Ghost Rings, a sensitive and funny musical piece that has already conquered the American public in 2016.

FALL 2017 – We will begin this fall with a new version of HAMLET-MACHINE, a piece that criticizes dehumanization, progress at all costs and the commodification of convictions. The play will be presented on September 9th at 8pm, but you are welcome to arrive at 6pm to have a drink with us! From September 27 to October 7, La Chapelle welcomes Danse-Cité with choreographers David Albert Toth and Emily Gualtieri, for the premiere of La vie attend. Then, Festival Phénomena and La Chapelle join forces to offer carte blanche to the incomparable multidisciplinary artist Peter James, who will present a unique contemporary cabaret with his guests: Émile Pineault, Lara Oundjian, Thomas Saulgrain and more! Félix-Antoine Boutin offers us Petit guide pour disparaître doucement from October 17 to 21, a piece already acclaimed during its first presentation at Usine C as part of Actoral Montréal in 2016. In November, La Chapelle takes up again with Florent Siaud (after Quartett by Heiner Müller in 2013 and 4.48 Psychose from Sarah Kane in 2016) with Nina, c’est autre chose, one of the first texts of the great author Michel Vinaver, with Eric Bernier, Eugénie Anselin and Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon. Inspired by the Trobaraitz (troubadour women), Kyrie Kirstmanson delivers her captivating musical show Modern Ruin, with sounds reminding of Joni Mitchell, Dead Can Dance and Cat Power. From November 16th to 25th, Nicolas Berzi’s new play Mythomania will confront self-representation on the web to the universe of the marvellous/fantastic to address the changes in modern love relationships. At the end of November, the young multidisciplinary creator Thomas Duret shows us his performative and autobiographical solo piece Une excellente trilogie sur la vie, while Brice Noeser will present Ruminant Ruminant, a piece poetically combining dance, theatre and cinema. Jacob Wren (PME-ART) will return to La Chapelle on December 6th to present a work in progress called A User’s Guide to Authenticity is feeling, then it is with Mélanie Demers / MAYDAY that we will have the pleasure to terminate the fall season, with the return of WOULD (CALQ Award for best choreographic work in 14-15).

WINTER 2018 – Hanna Abd El Nour starts the winter with Voyages(s), a work that speaks of identity, memory, utopia and freedom through three emblematic figures of literature: Ulysses, Don Quixote and Peer Gynt. On February 9th, 10th and 11th, Rachel Burman (Opéra Foe) presents Slideshow, an immersive musical piece with mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau. After a remarkable journey on the international music scene (Paris, New York, Barcelona, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Oslo, etc.), electro musician Marie Davidson teams with John Londono and Gonzalo Soldi to offer an intimate presentation of Bullshit Threshold. Andréane Leclerc and Dany Desjardins unite for Sang Bleu, a reflection around the body, co-created by the two artists who intertwine their disciplines and influences. After Je suis un autre (2012) and Au sein des plus raides vertus (2014), choreographer Catherine Gaudet returns to La Chapelle with Tout ce qui va revient, a trilogy of powerful solos that will be performed by Clara Furey, Louise Bédard and Jolyane Langlois. To end the winter season, we will have the chance to discover the laboratory P.O.R.N. (Portrait Of Restless Narcissism) by director Christian Lapointe and author Nadia Ross (winner of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in 2016).

SPRING 2018 – Danse-Cité and La 2e Porte à Gauche present PLUTON – ACTE 3 from March 22 to 31. For this new act, we will have the pleasure of seeing Benoit Lachambre and Peter James, respectively performing choreographies from Dana Michel and Katie Ward. From April 9th to 13th, we will welcome the multidisciplinary artist Jean-François Boisvenue, who will present La Dette de Dieu, a work that invites us to think critically about credit and debt through performance, documentary, music and video. Afterwards, Andrew Tay, François Lalumière and Katrzyna Szugajew offer us Fame Prayer / EATING, a work that re-appropriates the codes of psycho-pop to build choreography around queer spirituality! At the end of April, Ellen Furey and English artist Malik Nashad Sharpe share their new work NO NATIONALISM, a duo reflecting their desire to see a real plurality illustrated in the living arts. In May 2018, Julien Blais presents Temps Universel +1 [laboratoire intermédial], a digital solo on memory and its loss. Then finally, La Chapelle’s 17- 18 four seasons will end with two projects presented in collaboration with the Festival TransAmériques … which will be unveiled at the end of winter!

Founded in 1990, La Chapelle is located in the heart of Montreal within a stone’s throw of the bustling St-Laurent Boulevard. This creative space is also a center of cultural dissemination and a non-profit organization devoted to performing arts that aims to be at the forefront of multidisciplinary young creation.

The programming of La Chapelle emphasizes art in which experimentation and research prevail. It navigates between francophone and anglophone theatre, contemporary dance, performance art, music, new artistic practices and multidisciplinary shows that transcend boundaries.

La Chapelle is a meeting and reflection place for local and international artists, a catalyst venue for contemporary creation, and a motor for the presentation of performing arts in all their diversity and complexity. Driven by a passion for cultural dissemination of innovative events and committed to the promotion of creators, La Chapelle aims to spur the professional milieu, to develop an audience sensitive to subversive approaches and above all, to enrich the contemporary artistic heritage.

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