“Before the archipelago”: merry shipwrecked

«Avant l’archipel»: joyeux naufragés

Photo: Marianne Duval
It is, first and foremost, the belief and the complicity of the performers, in constant interaction with the public, which make it unique this adventure is more or less an hour.

After having crossed Canada from east to west, Danielle Le Saux-Farmer and André Robillard is in Montreal these days, to present Before the archipelago between the walls of the Salle Fred-Barry. Destined for spectators of 11 years and more, the room of Emily Pearlman, a writer based in Ottawa, has been translated by Le Saux-Farmer and directed by Joël Beddows.

To say that the adventures of Lénaïque the Magnificent (Le Saux-Farmer) and Brévalaire Spectacular (Robillard) are the beautiful words of the understatement. Let’s say that the cultivator of fruit-dragons and the young musician, know how to party in the language, heal the rhymes and metaphors, the expressions of which are endangered, as well as neologisms, in sum, celebrate the poetry, but as well as condemning the villains pléonasmes. On their peninsula, ” the sound was to be measured by the blink of a hummingbird, and the time was only a passer-by. The words included the silences that lay between them and it was picking hope up in the trees. “

A public solicited

Every Sunday, when the one who listens to “the fruits babble and mémérer” and the one who knit “toque chockfull of allegories” are found in the market in the continent, their love takes a little more size. It is necessary to see with what vivacity of body and of mind these two are courting under the eyes usually look young spectators who observe from both sides of the stage. Because if the tale is nice, the space is enchanting and the words sovereign, it is, first and foremost, the belief and the complicity of the performers, in constant interaction with the public, which make it unique this adventure is more or less an hour.

Thus, the actors do not hesitate to compare the spectators at birds or stars. They questioned widely, they whisper secrets in the ear, invite them to occur on stage, or share a good joke. Carefully directed by Joël Beddows, Le-Saux Farmer and Robillard demonstrate their talents as actors, of course, but also storytellers, singers and dancers, not to mention their ability to improvise and respond to interventions astounding, even wacky, to their young audience… All this is very much in the irresistible charm of the show.

Before the archipelago

Text : Emily Pearlman. Translation : Danielle Le Saux-Farmer. Directed by : Joël Beddows. A co-production of the Irreducible little people, Théâtre la Catapulte and Théâtre français de Toronto. In the salle Fred Barry du theatre Denise-Pelletier until 19 December.

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