La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines is eager to present for the second time La Vie littéraire by and with Mathieu Arsenault from September 21st to 29th, 2020.
A Rhizome and Arsenault’s production, shown in the context of the Festival International de littérature (FIL), La Vie Litteraire, originally Arsenault’s book, has been adapted for the stage by Christian Lapointe with the author’s complicity. Being first and foremost a writer, Mathieu Arsenault, becomes a performer, questioning both the act of writing and the act of expressing one’s thought. With Christian Lapointe’s complicity, who revealed the scenic power of his writing, back in 2008 with Vu d’ici, the author is now revealing himself as a performer, fluctuating simultaneously between a fictional figure’s put into play, an investigation on authorship, a writer’s lecture and an unconstrained interpretation on acting.
Alone in the arena, Mathieu Arsenault bares and delivers his own words with an uninterrupted monologue, his writings as his only scenic prop. By appropriating the oral component of his work and by forcing himself to deeply carry its content, the author witnesses the dichotomy between the writer’s figure and the protagonist, to whom he is giving a voice. By seeking to talk about his own time by any means possible, he is criticizing the cultural industry, confronting the audience to their consumption habits and in the meantime, uncovering our modern day anxiety, the fear of being forgotten, erased.
Mathieu Arsenault has published La Vie Littéraire and more recently, La Morte by Le Quartanier publishing. His two first novels, Album de finissants and Vu d’ici, have been adapted into plays. He has founded the Académie de la vie littéraire, annually rewarding writers who are unjustfully overlooked by other literary awards. We can buy his literature inspired t-shirts on his online shop, doctorak.co.
A Rhizome / Mathieu Arsenault Production. Co-presented by Festival International de littérature (FIL) and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines. A co-production of Théâtre carte blanche and Maison de la Littérature, with the collaboration of Recto-verso.
Credits: By and with: Mathieu Arsenault. Collaborators: Christian Lapointe, Simon Dumas. Repetiteur: Jocelyn Pelletier.
September 21, 22, 25, 28 and 29 – 7 P.M.
September 26 – 4 P.M.
Performances with english surtitles: September 25 and 29 – 7 P.M.
Each performance will be followed by a talkback with the artists
The 20-21 program and tickets will be available online from September 8
IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, this show might be subjected to change. Some projects of the 2020-2021 season could be taking alternative forms, which will differ from the traditional representation. For the more recent updates and information, please visit lachapelle.org starting September 8.