Entre la chute et l'envol
- Mise au jeu
Le Conte des Mendiants - La boutique du
Les esthéticiennes de l'âme
- Toxique Trottoir
Entre la chute et l’envol…
A walk through downtown Montreal - 12$
by Mise au Jeu
Thursday through Saturday at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30
and 8:30 P.M.
Reservations: Hélène Laurent at
Payment at the event or
online at Make
guide will greet you at Place Émilie-Gamelin, to share with you
the stories of men and women who, one day, lost the balance in their
During a 45-minute walkabout, he will follow in the footsteps of men
and women who fell from their lofty perches, breaking their dreams as
they crashed onto the asphalt. Perhaps this encounter with the harsh
streets and graffitied walls will provide you with an intimate glimpse
into the lives of those wandering souls who sometimes are just looking
to take flight once more... with you!
The Mise en jeu interactive theatre troupe is comprised of versatile
creators who parlay notions of play and theatrical constructs into works
that promote dialogue, education and exchange. They have been doing
so for over 15 years, throughout Quebec and, occasionally, abroad.
Mise au jeu is a community group working for the transformation and
improvement of the social fabric. Its members are committed to the daily
struggle against poverty and discrimination. Through commissioned interactive
theatrical works, Mise au jeu focuses attention on societal issues for
the likes of aid, human rights and other organizations to help them
explore options for concrete solutions.
Le Conte des Mendiants
by La Boutique du Conte (France)
with Rafik Harbaoui ans Kacem Mesbahi
Under the big top: November 22 and 25
at 7:30 P.M.
Walkabout: November 22 and 25
at 3:30 P.M.
Conference: November 24 at 4 P.M., with a Soupesoup!
A European vagrant, fresh out of the “big mill of social exclusion,”
a prisoner to his rucksack and his own resourcefulness. An Arab beggar,
freshly arrived from Algeria, with nothing to his name, proclaims himself
a “brother to all beggars.” Welcome to Rafik Harbaoui’s
Conte des mendiants (“a beggar’s tale”), in which
two philosopher beggars transform the world and take us on a journey
through the centuries, from the Andalusian period (“a golden age
during which, in a flourishing, cultured and humanist Muslim-dominated
Spain, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in harmony”) through
to the RMI and SDF years, where fear, cynicism and dehumanization have
robbed us of our dreams and our thoughts...
Born in Beauvais in 1959, Rafik Harbaoui lived in Biskra, Algeria between
the ages of 5 and 9. He returned to France, and Besançon specifically,
in 1968. In 1981, his talent as an actor declared itself on the boards
of the Théâtre des Épines, an amateur theatre company
in Besançon. He saw in the theatre a door opening, a veil lifting.
Tapping into his French and Algerian cultural heritage—the oral
tradition of the Thousand and One Nights, the written works too—he
began to fervently create and perform his own tales. In 1987, he founded
the Boutique du Conte, which went on to become a full-fledged professional
theatre company, performing its repertoire of tales and plays throughout
France, Corsica, Guyana, Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco and, recently,
Spain, Quebec and Algeria, at a clip of 80 to 100 appearances per year.
Inspired by symbolist theatre, the company draws its inspiration from
popular tales and traditions. Based in Besançon since its creation,
it performs in the suburbs, cities and rural areas. Its members are
attuned to social and cultural realities and this informs their work
and has allowed the company to play an active role on the cultural front
through its mission to bring Art and Culture to a wider audience. The
company’s works blend music, masks, puppets, dance and the spoken
esthéticiennes de l’âme by Toxique Trottoir
Saturday, November 24 - 6-8 PM
The “beauticians of the soul” propose a heretofore unheard-of
approach to interior beauty. An ego massage, a trendy practice in these
stressful times of ours, helps bruised or shrivelled egos to bloom.
In punctual unison, the beauticians whisper, sing, nay proclaim the
beauty of the specimen before them, and proffer true physical sensations
by massaging their clients. Available as individual or group consultations,
their quickie pamper sessions induce a state of openness, where laughter
too plays a therapeutic role.
Enjoy a moment of sublime derision that really does a body good! Our
clients said so!