ThĂ©Ăątre 

Cendres



May 29, 30, 31 & June 1 at 7 p.m.
Duration: 1 h 15
Théùtre Rouge
In French

May 30: Meet the artists after the performance

Regular Price: 28$
25 and under, 65 and over: 21$

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PĂ©trus /
Montréal
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Beyond misery lies the human being. Beyond massacres and catastrophes is the human being. That is what interests JĂ©rĂ©mie Niel – the everyday reality of horror, the reality of victims often unaware of what is happening beyond their immediate space. An old man, accompanied by his grandson, has come to tell his son that everyone in their village is dead. Director JĂ©rĂ©mie Niel and filmmaker Denis CĂŽtĂ©, two freethinking radical artists, have transformed Earth and Ashes by the Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi (Prix Goncourt 2008 for SynguĂ© Sabour) into Cendres, allowing the silence and the words of the survivors to resonate in the bare space of the theatre. A pure, tragic piece, Cendres is an eye-opening work that raises awareness. Confronted with a man in a time of crisis, the play imposes its slowness, its humanity and its formal demands. Cendres grabs hold of the imperceptible and gives voice to the unmentionable.

Cendres
Jérémie Niel

JĂ©rĂ©mie Niel has previously staged powerful works by contemporary authors such as Sergi Belbel, Pascal Rambert, Heiner MĂŒller and Martin Crimp. In 2007 he presented Son visage soudain exprimant de l’intĂ©rĂȘt, based on texts by Franz Xaver Kroetz and Philippe Ducros, and also Tentatives (which he wrote and directed). In autumn 2009 he directed JeneconnaispasClichymaisjem’ensuisfaitbeaucoup-declichĂ©s by Emmanuel Schwartz as part of the Chroniques trilogy, with Alice Ronfard and Emmanuel Schwartz directing the other two pieces. He studied directing at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de MontrĂ©al, and also studied at the HEC business school. An administrator for a number of arts organizations and assistant artistic director at La Chapelle, he founded the PĂ©trus theatre company in 2004. Here Rahimi’s tale, written in the second person singular, is given flesh and blood form but the characters find it difficult to speak in the first person, as their inner selves are occupied by others

Press Quote(s)

Tentatives by Jérémie Niel

 Â«La dĂ©marche de Niel est prĂ©cieuse parce qu'elle est rare, parce qu'elle porte attention Ă  toutes ces choses que l'on ne remarque plus, aux demi‐vĂ©ritĂ©s et aux demi‐mensonges, Ă  ces fantĂŽmes, tendres ou cruels, qui habitent nos moments de silence. »

Christian Saint‐Pierre, Voir.ca, mars 2009

 Â« 
 il y a lĂ  une dĂ©marche artistique singuliĂšre, une franche remise en question de la forme thĂ©Ăątrale par le biais d'influences cinĂ©matographiques et chorĂ©graphiques.»

Philippe Couture, Voir.ca, mars 2009

Son visage soudain exprimant de l’intĂ©rĂȘt  based on texts by Franz Xaver Kroetz and Philippe Ducros

« JĂ©rĂ©mie Niel a fait preuve d’audace en mettant en scĂšne ces deux textes. Le rĂ©sultat est un objet complexe et original, sans longueur malgrĂ© l’absence de mots. »

Sylvie St‐Jacques, La Presse, fĂ©vrier 2007

« 
 on ne pĂ©nĂ©trerait pas aussi aisĂ©ment ces replis de l’ñme sans l’efficace technique sonore du metteur en scĂšne JĂ©rĂ©mie Niel. »

Daphnée Angiolini, Voir, février 2007

« La mise en scĂšne de JĂ©rĂ©mie Niel [
] est un petit bijou, Ă  la fois originale et esthĂ©tique. [
] Une rĂ©ussite sur tous les plans »

Aurélie Olivier, www.montheatre.qc.ca, février 2007

La campagne  by Martin Crimp

« InquiĂ©tantes au possible, les ambiances de ce spectacle sont dignes d’un film de David Lynch.  [
] Saisissant. Il faut rĂ©clamer une reprise. »

Ève Dumas, La Presse, mai 2005

Credits

Produced by PĂ©trus

Based on the novel Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi
Adapted and Directed by Jérémie Niel
With Marc Beaupré + Pascal Contamine + Raoul Fortier-Mercier + Bernard Meney + Georges Molnar + Igor Ovadis + Yves Trudel
Filmmaker: Denis CÎté
Lighting Design: RĂ©gis Guyonnet
Sound Design: Alexandre St-Onge
Set Design: Simon Guilbault
Costume Design: Fruzsina LĂ nyi

Coproduction Festival TransAmériques + La Chapelle

Redaction: Stéphane Lépine
Traduction: Neil Kroetsch