Théâtre La Bordée
2:30 (with intermission)
In French, with passages in English, Metchif, Cree, Algonquin and Lakota.
(Montreal - Ottawa - Saskatoon - Winnipeg)
After the hanging of his accomplice Louis Riel, renowned bison hunter Gabriel Dumont, leader of the Métis resistance in western Canada, fled to the United States to take refuge. He then found himself working under Buffalo Bill, already famous for his Wild West Shows: popular large-scale shows mixing vaudeville, circus and rodeo. Marked by his experience, Dumont will dream all his life to use this form to tell the story of his people’s struggle for the recognition of its rights, its territory and its identity.
Work of a collective of ten authors directed by Jean-Marc Dalpé, Alexis Martin and Yvette Nolan and bringing together Aboriginal, Métis, French-speaking and English-speaking artists from across Canada, Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont is a great theatrical burlesque cabaret who finally fulfills Dumont’s crazy fantasy!
Inspired by Buffalo Bill’s legendary shows, performed in French, English, Cree, Kanien’keha, Lakota and Michif, the ambitious creation revisits with humour the 1884 and 1885 rebellion of Saskatchewan’s Métis. As an hilarious and eclectic saga, filled with fantasy and tasty anachronisms, this show combines historical facts, comedy, dancing, singing and even magic tricks, all used as a way to tell in several sketches, often crazy, this dark episode of our country. Like a mirror extended to the Canadian people, this living mural sheds light on the collective memories of the same story to give them a voice; an other tentative step towards reconcilement.
Directed by Mani Soleymanlou
Text Jean Marc Dalpé, David Granger, Laura Lussier, Alexis Martin, Andrea Menard, Yvette Nolan, Gilles Poulin-Denis, Paula-Jean Prudat, Mansel Robinson and Kenneth T. Williams
With Charles Bender, Jean Marc Dalpé, Katrine Deniset, Gabriel Gosselin, Alexis Martin, Émilie Monnet, Krystle Pederson, Chancz Perry, Dominique Pétin, Andrina Turenne and the participation of a ceremonial dance interpreter.
Coproduction National Arts Centre French Theatre (Ottawa), Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (Montreal), Théâtre Cercle Molière (Winnipeg) and La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon)
Associate Production NAC French Theatre
French – English : Alexis Diamond and Maureen Labonté
french-mitchif : Marjorie Beaucage
English-French : Fanny Britt, Jean Marc Dalpé and Alexis Martin
English-Algonquin: Joan Tenasco
English-Cree : Randy Morin
English-Kanienkeha : Warisose Gabriel
English-lakota : Darlene Speidel
Artistic Director Jean Marc Dalpé, Alexis Martin, Yvette Nolan and Mani Soleymanlou
Assistant Director Jean Gaudreau
General mangement (at creation) Elaine Normandeau
General management (on tour) Adèle Saint-Amand
Dramaturgy Maureen Labonté
Set Design David Granger
Lights Erwann Bernard
Music and Sound Design Olaf Gundel and Benoit Morier
Video Design Silent Partners
Costumes Jeff Chief
Accessories Madeleine Saint-Jacques
Movement Chancz Perry
Technical Direction Élise Lefebvre
Lighting Assistance on Tour Julie-Anne Parenteau-Comfort
Sound control Francis-Olivier Métras
Video Stage Manager (at creation) Victoria Morrison
Video Stage Manager (on tour) Frank Donato
Production coordination (at creation) and tour direction Anastasia Kitsos
Song of the children written and composed by Andrea Menard
Song Au bord de la Saskatchewan, lyrics by Jean Marc Dalpé and music by Andrina Turenne
Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD)
National Theatre School of Canada
Madeleine Blais Dahlem
Sarah Garton Stanley
Annie Smith St-Georges and André-Robert St-Georges
Angus Dillon for oral pronunciation in Cree
The New Experimental Theatre Team
The Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui team
The teams of La Troupe du Jour, Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre and Persephone Theatre
Geneviève Pelletier and the Théâtre Cercle Molière team
Brigitte Haentjens and the NAC French Theatre team
This project is one of 200 outstanding projects supported by the Canada Council’s New Chapter initiative. With this $35 million initiative, the Arts Board supports the creation and sharing of the arts in our lives and across Canada.
This project is made possible thanks to the financial support received from the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes du gouvernement du Québec under the Canadian Francophonie financial support programs.
The production is made possible through the support of generous donors to the National Arts Centre Foundation’s Creation Support Campaign, such as Donald T. Walcot, who believe in the importance of investing in Canadian creation.