At the start of this project, Parenteau-Lebeuf had nothing but one image in mind: a woman coming out of a hatch in a floor. She recognizes this hatch – the house of her childhood in St-Blaise sur le Richelieu had one to go down to the cellar – but who is this woman and why does she come out of the basement? She discovers that this woman is hiding others. The idea of a line of women stretching from the Nouvelle-France to Chile sprouted in her head. She writes a genealogy, a fabulous course.
Valentina, a young Chilean woman with the silhouette of an angel and a surprizing mental disorder, arrives in Montreal with her mother Virginia, CEO of the Sorprendente company. Virginia came to present her famous mayonnaise at a food fair and, following a dream, brought her “lost daughter” with her. While Virginia is busy at her presentation booth, Valentina wanders around Montreal where, from actual real encounters to hallucinated encounters, the fog on her ambiguous identity will rise. Meanwhile, in the archives of the Sisters of Providence, a forgotten chest resurfaces and unveils a fresco of fabrics telling the intimate and political story that links Valentina, her mother and their ancestors to this land of America. In a back and forth trip between the 19th and 21st centuries, between Quebec and Chile, Valparaíso questions the construction of the self through exile, the mother tongue, poetry, eros, history, genetics and more than anything, the folds of memory.
The actresses and actor in the play Valparaíso, Ximena Ferrer, Camila Forteza, Lesly Velasquez, Julie Vincent and Guillaume Champoux take up here a big challenge crossing Cape Horn like their heroines, traveling three centuries and embodying many roles. The language will travel between French and Spanish and the surtitling will be integrated into the scenography. In addition, the production will welcome six citizens, tenants of Habitations Fullum where the chapel is located. These citizens will be trained to play by Julie Vincent; they will constitute the chorus of extras. Finally, the musical composition of Michel Smith supports the entire poetic structure of the story.
Inspired by current Latin American practices, Singulier Pluriel’s two directors, Ximena Ferrer and Julie Vincent, are continuing a cycle of productions “in situ”. They discover in the south-central district a chapel built for the Sisters of Providence, a real heritage jewel; this place was waiting for them. After creating La Mondiola in a house, Singulier Pluriel, with the invaluable collaboration of Espace La Traversée, transforms the chapel from Espace La Traversée into a theatre.
October 10 to 14 + October 19 to 23 at 7h30 pm
Presented in French and Spanish, with surtitles
In the chapel of Espace Fullum (1431, Fullum, Montreal.)
Admission: $25 regular | $20 reduced
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Tickets at the door one hour before showtime
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Text Dominick Parenteau-Lebeuf | Director Julie Vincent |Assistant Director Camila Forteza | Dramaturgic Advisor / Stéphane Lépine | With Guillaume Champoux, Ximena Ferrer, Camila Forteza, Lesly Velasquez and Julie Vincent |
Chorus from La Traversée Louise Aubry, Annie Couteau, Camila Forteza, Pierre-Ghislain Lafortune, Gérald Lemay and Madeleine Tremblay | Scenography and supervision of the scenic installation from DOCENA Livia Magnani | Tapestries Memorarte Arpilleras Urbanas | Costumes and accessories Livia Magnani | Musical Composition Michel Smith | Lighting design, technical direction and photos-videos Rodolphe St-Arneault | Production Manager Catherine Le Gall | Translation in Spanish (Chili) José del Pozo A. et Andrea Ubal R. |Subtitles Philippe Chevalier
Located in Montreal, Singulier Pluriel produces and collaborates with artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and from here. Seven productions were presented in Montreal and in the Access Culture network. Shows have been programmed in international festivals of the capitals of South America, but also in the network of independent theaters of Buenos Aires. Actors and designers are pursuing an exploration that seeks to bridge the gap between boundaries and between the theater and the stage. Valparaíso is their ninth production.