Shakespeare meets heavy metal in ‘MAC(DEATH)’

From March 9th to 17th, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines presents Jocelyn Pelletier’s multidisciplinary show MAC(DEATH) – the dark plot of Shakespeare with a background of dissonant guitars and heavy percussion. It is an uninhibited celebration, which renews various rituals in loss of popularity. The piece explores a new way of bringing this text to the audience, making it resonate strongly with our current society, confronted with the illusions corrupting knowledge and power.

The intensity and the cathartic side of a metal concert allows the spectators to feel emancipated and free themselves from their frustrations. This is why Jocelyn Pelletier is interested in transposing this experience to theater, with the stated aim of provoking something extremely raw for both actors and the audience. He seeks to activate a presence that is closer to the performative state. The actors of this musical movement adopt marginal and subversive belief systems: they want to express their rejection of conformism, media and political hypocrisy. Anchoring Macbeth in this musical culture, using and questioning the various elements of it, creates a fascinating scenic fresco.

MAC(DEATH) transposes Macbeth’s violent and supernatural dramaturgy through the cathartic experience of a Heavy-metal concert. Through a very direct relationship to this rhythmic language and supported by rich melodies, the textual score then becomes a kind of lyric poem, an incantatory account of Macbeth’s rise, and especially the fall. Jocelyn pelletier uses the common space of theater and it’s characteristic celebration in order to create a surprising sensory research to disrupt the audience’s usual experience.

Ideation, adaptation of the text, direction and set design Jocelyn Pelletier | Music and performance Fanny Migneault-Lecavalier, Maxim Paré-Fortin, Guillaume Perreault, Samuel Bobony, Érick D’Orion |Sound design Érick D’Orion | Video, stage management and technical direction Louis-Robert Bouchard | Lighting design Martin Sirois | Costumes Kate Lecours | Dramaturgy help Stéphane Lépine | Produced by Recto-Verso

Monday, March 9 – 7pm
Tuesday, March 10 – 8pm
Friday, March 13 – 8pm (with English surtitles)
Saturday, March 14 – 4pm
Monday, March 16 – 7pm
Tuesday, March 17 – 8pm

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