Théâtre à corps perdus presents site-specific creation “LOCAL | UNIT B-1717” (April 5th – 22nd)

New production is the first part of the inaugural site-specific series, "Nocturnales"



From April 5th to 22nd, 2018

Text by Erin Shields
Translation by Maryse Warda
Directed by Geneviève L. Blais
Staring Laurence Dauphinais (English Version)
and Marie-Ève Milot (French Version)


A woman returns to her storage unit to take one last look before getting rid of everything she has accumulated over the years. As she approaches her unit, a sense of dread comes over her, as if she is standing on the edge of a terrifying chasm. Overwhelmed by her memories, trapped in a tight space, she tries to make sense of her surroundings. She arrives with her key. Enter with her.

French and English versions of the performances are presented alternately.

You will need a key. Your key. The key that will allow you to enter. You will receive your key upon arrival.

People with epilepsy, claustrophobia or fear of the dark may experience discomfort.


After Si les oiseaux, director Geneviève L. Blais continues her dialogue with playwright Erin Shields and her hard-hitting female characters and visceral poetic text. Erin Shields is a Montreal based playwright who won the Governor Generals Award in 2011 for her play If We Were Birds and the Outstanding New Text Award at the METAS in 2017. She has written a dozen plays, most recently The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre, 2017), Instant (Geordie Productions, 2016/17), Mistatim (2015-present), Beautiful Man (SummerWorks Festival, 2015) and The Lady from the Sea (The Shaw Festival, 2015). Her adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise lost will premiere at the Stratford Festival in the summer of 2018.


With Unit B-1717, Théâtre à corps perdus begins a new site-specific cycle called Nocturnales. These three creations explore the desires that get us going and the fears that paralyze us. Three disoriented female figures try to find their way as they face realities they can no longer ignore. Three journeys in the dead of night bursting with flames that illuminate unpredictable paths. Coming soon: Somnambules (visite libre), in 2019 and je ne sais pas si je vais revenir, in 2020.


Théâtre à corps perdus was born from the desire to evoke what we dare not speak. We are drawn to texts that challenge us to search the troubled, hidden and vertiginous recesses of our lives. Site-specific creation is one of the tenants of our work. We question the ritual of theatre and wish to ‘move’ our viewers, offering them an immersive experience. Our creations interweave the real and the fictional to orchestrate intimate theatrical moments that are both captivating and disturbing. The architecture of the spaces we inhabit become the backdrop of the work, spaces that resonate with their own meaning and stories. These urban meetings anchor our work in being with one another here and now. Local | Unit B-1717 is Théâtre à corps perdus’ ninth creation. We are continuing the site-specific approach we have been exploring since 2003, notably with Juan Maryorga’s Himmelweg: chemin du ciel, performed in the Cine-Theatre le Chateau (2014), and Howard Barker’s Judith – l’adieu au corps, performed in the underground parking lot at the Marché Jean-Talon (2011). Other recent creations include: Si les oiseaux by Erin Shields (Prospero, 2015) and Empreintes (after Annie Ernaux and women’s testimonials, La Chapelle, 2013). For more information:


April 5th to 22nd, 2018

Site-specific performances
at the Entrepôt Beaumont Mini-Storage,
located at 454 Ave. Beaumont, Montréal
(close to Parc Metro or take the 80 bus)

Online Ticket Reservation:

Warning: People with epilepsy, claustrophobia or fear of the dark may experience discomfort.
Location is not adapted to people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

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