MONTREAL, August 28th, 2018. Montreal-based queer and feminist creation company Projets hybris is back with Youngnesse, an ensemble piece reflecting on the political energy of youth, unleashed by the 2012 student strike.
Dance, theatre, music, performance and visual art come together in a series of tableaux about a generation galvanized by the transformative potential of collective action. What kind of future can we imagine, realistically? When we cannot decide whether to shout, protest, withdraw, or escape, the only defense mechanism left is the energy we have.
Youngnesse is youth torn between utopian idealism and nihilistic disillusionment. It’s the despair and anger caused by the suppression of marginalized ideas, but also a celebration of innovation and invention that emerge from struggle. With a physical language that is mutable, intense, and unstable, bodies manifest utopian imaginings that dissipate as quickly as they are formed. Eschewing narrative for a performative mode, alternative hopes and dreams coalesce into an acerbic, vital, luminous riposte to an unbearably morbid status quo.
« This creation of projets hybris, this work that gives life to Huguette Gaulin, Valerie Solanas, but especially to all this poetic rage of the insurgents of the mind and body, it’s necessary because it recalls an immaturity, a youth, an effervescence which can reverse a sharing of the sensible, an established Form, an order, a system. Violence, youth, in its chaos, creates possibilities, potentialities. » — Translated from Jérémi Robitaille-Brassard, Artichaut magazine
Youngnesse has received financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and was offered creative residencies at Hexagram-UQAM, La Chapelle, Espace Cercle carré and at the Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies.
Cast & Creative Team:
Director: Philippe Dumaine. Light design: Hugo Dalphond. Dramaturg: Marilou Craft. Production manager : Nicola Dubois. Live music: Mathieu Arsenault, Simon Provencher, Laurence Gauthier Brown, Samuel Gougoux. Performed by: Maude Arès, Antoine Beaudoin Gentes, Angie Cheng, Sarah Chouinard Poirier, Gregory-Yves Fénélon, Danièle Simon. Diffusion: La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines.
Monday September 24th, 7pm
Tuesday September 25th, 8pm
Thursday September 27th, 8pm
Friday September 28th, 8pm
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