L'Homme Atlantique and (La maladie de la mort), French play at L’ Usine C
Christian Lapointe presents his innovative and liberal reworking of two of Marguerite Duras's sophisticated works, ( L'Homme Atlantique ) and ( La Maladie de la Mort) at Usine C. – One of Montreal’s leading theatrical hubs of multidisciplinary contemporary creations.
As William Shakespeare pointedly penned:
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players..."
L'Homme Atlantique (et La maladie de la mort), French play at L’ Usine C
Highly praised or ignored, kept sacred or parodied, the writing of Marguerite Duras never ceases to fascinate. It is only fitting that talented, contemporary theater director Christian Lapointe would present his innovative and liberal reworking of two of her sophisticated works, (L'Homme Atlantique ) and ( La Maladie de la Mort) at Usine C. – One of Montreal’s leading theatrical hubs of multidisciplinary contemporary creations.
A daring and uncompromising piece, the play leads us to discover all the intricacies of the human psyche and discover the sinews of the various relationships that exist not only between male and females, but between text, performer and character.
By using theatrical methods such as repetition, improvisation, monologue and filming, the director deconstructs the representation of reality and tried to bridge the fragile gap between what is reality and what remains only fictional.
The stage and various props by Jean-François Labbé, are assembled to resemble a movie decor in which a pair of actors along with their director ( played skillfully by Jean Alibert, Anne-Marie Cadieux and Marie-Thérèse Fortin), interact and discuss the topic of their next film by using an arrhythmic dialogue pace.
Amid the background sound of the wind, nature and crashing waves, the protagonist states: “Writing has become overwhelming for me now. Why not create a movie?”
From a visual standpoint, the initial stage is interesting with large white wall panels that fold gracefully to become at first a hotel room, which then transforms into a lighted box room with just a large enough peep hole to insert a film-camera, to finally re-open to become a projection screen for both the actors and audience to simultaneously watch.
I found it amazing how the silence between the spoken dialogue and words as well as the simple projected images (which included a very unique and personal participation from the attending audience) convene brilliantly to give an in-depth look at the concept of love and of theatrical performance.
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L'Homme Atlantique (et La Maladie de la Mort), continues its run in Ottawa City from February 19 to the 22nd at the NAC Theater