The camera, his very own crystal ball, draws the audience into the beating heart of a modern city and its obsessions Onstage: a lone actor, a table, a camera and dozens
The camera, his very own crystal ball, draws the audience into the beating heart of a modern city and its obsessions
Onstage: a lone actor, a table, a camera and dozens of objects he will use to build, design and conjure up imaginary cities. Sometimes, he tells the agonizing tale of a city; every so often, he describes the residents of another city. In one case, he focuses on architecture and urban planning, in another, on the demographic boom. With each city, the narrator presents a different view of the world, musings on time, and questions human relations.
The cities take on many forms. A bustling American metropolis with its many skyscrapers, for example, is transformed into a bar chart; or a city made of wood blocks and mirrors experiences seemingly endless and formidable exponential growth; while a disco ball serving as a tourist town hides its true colours from its extravagant guests. There are no typical scenarios nor conventional machinations, just characters in the throes of psychological transformation.
Olivier Ducas and Julie Vallée-Léger graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. Ducas founded La Pire Espèce, serving as co-artistic director and working as a playwright, actor, director, manipulator and co-creator of the company’s productions that have toured across Canada, Europe, Mexico and Brazil.
Vallée-Léger worked as an assistant to Cirque du Soleil scenographer Jean Rabasse, as a stage designer for a number of film and television projects, and an exhibition designer for gsmprjct° and Lupien + Matteau Architects. Vallée-Léger devotes her time to experimental object and raw materials theatre.
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