Culture in its myriad of forms runs rampant around Montreal, attracting both inspiring and creative artists as well as curious and energetic viewers. From spoken work, electronic music, video arts to puppetry, the scope of available artistic projects is varied and constantly being reinvented.
I present below a few up-coming exhibitions and activities starting Friday February the 19th 2016, that blends together several art forms that encourage overall creativity and participation.
Nocturnes at the MAC
On Friday February 19th, 2016 the Montreal Contemporary Arts Museum will open its doors from 5 pm to 2 am to welcome thousands of visitors during its “Nocturne at the MAC”: A unique urban experience in the heart of the city with exhibitions, creative workshops, invited DJ’s, cocktails and refreshments all served in a light, convivial atmosphere.
This evening’s program includes work from internationally acclaimed Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and his three part exhibit that combines music, theater, performance, visual arts and film in works filled with romantic suffering that unfold over time. The public will be able to view three monumental video installations that reveal his unique vision of the world conveyed through ironic humor and philosophical melancholy.
In conjunction with the exhibit (running from February 11 to May 22), viewers can attend a dazzling musical/theatrical production The Explosive Sonics of Divinity to be presented at Place des Arts for one evening only on March 3rd 2016.
EVENING PROGRAM of the Nocturne at the MAC
- Exhibition tours until 2 am
- DJ’s from 5 pm to 2 am
- Creative Workshops from 6 pm to midnight
- Bar service and appetizers
Tickets for the Nocturne will be on sale on site from 5 pm .
Priority and Free access will be given to MAC MyCARD Museum members.
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LOUIS RIEL: A COMIC-STRIP STAGE PLAY. Graphic novel meets puppet play!
For history buffs and puppetry lovers, from February 25th to the 5th of March, La CHAPELLE invites you to discover LOUIS RIEL: A COMIC-STRIP STAGE PLAY : a vivid and spirited trek through one of Canada’s most riveting historical periods.
LA CHAPELLE SCÈNES CONTEMPORAINES is a renowned theater company in Montreal that offers unique series of workshops, festive events, conferences and atypical performances in a contemporary setting.
It can be said that puppetry is the natural theatrical extension of the comic book art form that can offer powerful perspectives, rich details, and vivid lively storytelling.
Based on the celebrated graphic novel by critically acclaimed author Chester Brown , the bilingual stage adaptation by RustWerk Refinery opens with the slamming of a gavel at Louis Riel’s riveting trial for treason. The enigmatic Métis leader is both feared and respected as he continues to defend his stance against the evils of the dominant society while fighting for his life.
RustWerk’s theatrical adaptation pops with the vibrant artistry of the original source with both austere and playful storytelling techniques. Louis Riel is given the breath of life as he moves about in life-size two dimension cut-outs, he mourns in shadow-imagery and he rallies his men through the voice of the actor.
This production and its development have been generously supported by The Cole Foundation, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.
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Coppelia – Les Grands Ballets in collaboration with Shanghai Ballet
Les Grands Ballets
In the spirit of Valentine season, Les Grands Ballets offers ballet aficionados a beautiful love story with a unique plot that will enchant children and adults alike.
From February 18-21, 2016, the Shanghai Ballet will present Coppelia, a tale of romance and magic set to a timeless score by Delibes. Gracing the stage of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier for the first time in Montreal, the Chinese company will offer a classical ballet complete with poetry and humour.
The enchanting tale tells the story of a Franz, a young Polish villager who is enamoured with the ethereal beauty Coppelia, who he has spotted reading quietly in Dr. Coppelius’ workshop. Acting out of pure jealously, his fiancée – Swanhilde – sets off to confront the mysterious woman and learn all of her secrets.
From its first performance in Paris over a century ago, Coppelia knew outstanding success and has since become one of the most beloved ballet repertoires to ever grace the stage.
Acclaimed choreographer Pierre Lacotte makes this adaptation of Hoffman’s tale as classic as can be: pantomime, mazurkas and character dancing set the pace for this fresh and humorous ballet.
COPPELIA by the Shanghai Ballet with Music by Leo Delibes at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
February 18-19 at 8 P.M.
February 20th at 2 P.M. at 8 P.M.
February 21st at 2 P.M.
A pre-show talk will be held an hour before each performance (5$ per person. Free for subscribers.)
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