Le Diamant, salle Hydro-Québec

1:10 (without intermission)

In English with French surtitles

Wed 27 May
Thu 28 May

Regular price / 55$ taxes and service fee included

Written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne (Paris)



Why theatre? What’s it for? What is it about? These are the questions legendary Peter Brook and his collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne are asking in this potentially testamentary play for the 95-year-old Englishman. Dressed in black, three talented actors offer their answers, from within an “empty space” (a concept dear to the director), furnished with a simple carpet, some chairs and three costume stands.

With humour, the trio first demonstrates the whole spectrum of possibilities of an actor’s body and its incredible ability to embody an emotion. Along the way, they explore the aspirations of great theatrical figures of the 20th century, first and foremost, those of Vsevolod Meyerhold, the Russian playwright and director who wanted to free his art from the shackles of the past, advocated minimalism and the absence of distance with the public (as Brook does). Bearer of darker themes lightened up by playful moments, it is a powerful play on creation, integrity and the essence of the 6th art. Why is Peter Brook making theatre? Certainly to shake up, touch and open minds.

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Written and directed by Peter Brook et Marie-Hélène Estienne

Performed by Hayley Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni
Music by Laurie Blundell
Lighting Design Philippe Vialatte
Images Gabrielle Lubtchansky
Costume Assistant Alice François

Thanks to Oria Puppo

Production C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Coproduced by Theatre for a New Audience – New York; Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw; National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan R.O.C. – National Taichung Theater; Centro Dramatico Nacional, Madrid; Teatro Dimitri, Verscio; Théâtre Firmin Gémier, La Piscine; Le Cercle des partenaires des Bouffes du Nord.

Presented in association with Festival TransAmériques (FTA).


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