Photo: Marie-France Coallier The Duty
For “Bad taste”, Didier Lucien has assembled a strong cast : Sylvie Moreau, Évelyne Rompré, Gabriel Sabourin, Marie-Hélène Thibault, Guillaume Chouinard, Levi Golden, Camille Léonard and Stéphane Crête. Interpreters with whom he feels in family.
We don’t divulge here, but Bad taste opens up immediately to the evocation of a scene to say the least, embarrassing. Created in the free Space, the part of Stéphane Ridge is not recommended for under 16 years of age. She ” could not be presented anywhere else “, according to its director, Didier Lucien. After a reading hosted by the Ever read, this text, published in 2012 ” had made the round of the theatres and nobody wanted it “.
For the comedian, who had the mount since, this period serves as the room strangely. “It seems that the subject is a hundred times more current now. If it had been mounted before, we would have understood the dimension of comedy, but not the depth of the text. “Today, its themes resonate more loudly : lie, hypocrisy. And the loss of ritual. A topic of interest to Didier Lucien as Stéphane Crête, great accomplices who know each other since kindergarten, and who have also co-created Nicole in 2004.
After the accidental death, the circumstances shameful, a member of their band of friends, the characters of Bad taste are looking for how to grieve. And by what rite. “No one has more tags, notes Lucien. The Church gave the rules. Now, we invent, hoping that the gods will be appeased [laughter]. “
Orphans of moral compass, those in their fifties transgress the limits, through a variety of “deviations” in sexual, while saving appearances. “There is not really moral at this time. What was unthinkable 20 years ago is becoming almost acceptable. Now it is said : “It is his business.” People do not know to what to cling to [distinguish between] that which is correct or not. “
The text is situated on the borders of comedy and drama. “In improvisation, Stéphane is specialized in the discomfort. But here it has reached a high degree. “Even the team, observing a scene, has had a reaction of dismayed — the director, the mime, eyes wide, hand covering the mouth. Even if the situations are not graphic.
For Didier Lucien, we can deal with things off-color with good taste. And stimulating reflection. “If it does not open the mind, it’s no use. And I do not like giving all the answers. There is a way to mount this show with all [levels]. It took a certain type of performers. This is not all the world that manages to be funny and touching at the same time. “
Photo: Marie-France Coallier The Duty
He has assembled a strong cast : Sylvie Moreau, Évelyne Rompré, Gabriel Sabourin, Marie-Hélène Thibault, Guillaume Chouinard, Levi Golden, Camille Léonard and Stéphane Crête. Interpreters with whom he feels in family. The familiarity already woven between several allows you to skip the step of preliminary contact. And avoid discomfort or potential misunderstandings in rehearsals. For example, Didier Lucien must play itself, with a young actor, a scene tricky where his character takes advantage of the innocence of the younger.
Confidence allows you to go even further, without discomfort, without asking if her partner is comfortable. “Yes, because we do not think that it is in the process of mixing the life to the game. That is the problem. If I play that I’m in love with you, I’m going to ask all of the gestures for what we believe in. But sometimes, some of which exceed a little the limits. We can never know, unless you know the person well. “
Lead is a comfort zone for the actor. “For me, making a scene is a lot less stressful than playing. It is the total happiness. From all that I’ve done this fall, the less stressful it was to put in scene in Bad taste. “
And Didier Lucien will never have as much worked. “Since August, I chained two movies, a tv series, a Web series and… [it has] three shows of the theatre. More two after the Holidays. And I teach at the circus school. “All of the” projects of the heart “.
At one time the comedian was little sought after by the scene, and he had concluded that he was never going to play again for others, the pieces presented were not really wanted, anyway, to this artist who like ” the unusual, the unexplored areas “. Except that after his decision to concentrate on its own projects, the beautiful proposals here. His solo, I Have the blood of a dictator ?, in 2017, was the catalyst for the deals.
There is not really moral at this time. What was unthinkable 20 years ago is becoming almost acceptable. Now it is said : “It is his business.” People do not know to what to cling to [distinguish between] that which is correct or not.
— Didier Lucien
Chapters of the fall, Camillien Houde, Post-human, soon-to recovery : parts where Lucien stood several roles, without regard to the color of the skin. However, it considers that the issue of diversity in the theatre has changed little. “I don’t always agree with the way in which people think that it should be used on stage. “One : the” people of color “. He draws a parallel with these works, which bore her, where the feminine role ” is just there to make the main character, and left in the shadows.”
How to change the portrait ? “No idea. And I’m at a point where I don’t care not bad. Because I do what I need to do. I find that talk about it, it changes absolutely nothing. It should just be the things. “Despite the controversy created by SLAV,” if the theater directors were not interested before, they are not more now. These are the same people who are there.”
The actor nuance his response : “Is it advanced ? Yes, but not [overall]. Not everywhere, far from it. Some people have good ideas. Others are more conservative. “Gold, Didier Lucien, the theatre should be the territory of the imagination. “So, if I see that you are stuck in 1980, there is nothing I can do for you. I wonder what I’m doing here, anyway. “
Text of Stéphane Crête, directed by Didier Lucien, from 8 to 26 January, in the free Space