June 3 & 4 at 8 p.m.
June 5 & 6 at 4 p.m.
Duration: 1 h 15
June 4: Meet the artists after the performance
Regular Price: 32$
25 and under, 65 and over: 25$
June 4: Lecture-Workshop by Philippe Quesne
> QG > 2:30 pm
Alone in his apartment, Serge escapes the burden of the everyday by concocting micro-performances, one to three minutes in length, that he presents every Sunday to his friends. With small remote-controlled toys, blue flares and flashing headlights, he brings odds and ends to life before our eyes, creating an astounding fairy-tale world that hinges between reality and artifice. For this phlegmatic, dreamy anti-hero, secreted within the emptiness of contemporary life is flamboyant material for invention. Consisting of a core group of diligent accomplices â€“ five men, one woman, a dog â€“ the Vivarium Studio enjoyed immediate success, attracting enthusiastic audiences to its iconoclastic theatre laboratory. The company pursues its microscopic observation of the human being in this falsely artless piece, where the comedy is muted and exhibits the nonsense inherent in the lives we live. While taking a swipe in passing at the inanity of an art critic, Lâ€™effet de Serge proclaims the absolute necessity of the creative act, no matter how small or substandard it may be.
Founded in 2003 by Philippe Quesne, a set designer who trained at the Arts dĂ©coratifs school in Paris and who has extensive experience in theatre, opera and contemporary art exhibits, Vivarium Studio is resolutely focussed on the living as it pursues its ongoing observation of the behaviour of that strange social animal, the human being. With Quesne as artistic director, the group consists of a small core of diligent accomplices â€“ five men, one woman and a dog. They create hybrid works, theatrical contraptions that obscure the boundaries between theatre and performance. In diverse environments, the members of the group compose a sort of tableau vivant onstage, erasing the tidy contours of character or simulating a performative drama developed in situ (such as Dâ€™aprĂ¨s nature, 2006), where the banality of reality reveals its unsettling strangeness. From its first presentation, La dĂ©mangeaison des ailes (2003), a variegated piece that explored the desire for flight and the danger of falling, to the edgy â€śecological fableâ€ť Dâ€™aprĂ¨s nature, which takes place in a futuristic terrarium, and then on to Lâ€™effet de Serge, the company has consistently sketched delicate portraits of the human beast. Never heroic, these humans live their lives in low-key fashion, in small poetic depictions of daily life and in the simple joy of being together. The plays are a tribute to humans and their creativity, as well as stylish, innovative presentations.
â€śLâ€™effet de Serge is a portrait of the artist at work, and even when heâ€™s playing around with a remote-control car, he displays a dignity and seriousness of purpose that make everything else seem beside the point.â€ť
Jason Zineman, The New York Times, January 2010
â€śL'effet de Serge [â€¦] communicates the essence of theater itself. It demonstrates how the simplest object, the merest gesture, can produce wonder.â€ť
Alexis Soloski The Village Voice, December 2009
Produced by Vivarium Studio
Concept, Direction & Set Design: Philippe Quesne
With Isabelle Angotti + Rodolphe AutĂ© + Cyril Gomez-Mathieu + GaĂ«tan Vourcâ€™h + local guests
Coproduction MĂ©nagerie de Verre - Paris With the support of Forum ScĂ¨ne ConventionnĂ©e de Blanc-Mesnil + Festival Actoral MontĂ©vidĂ©o - Marseille + DRAC ĂŽle-de-France - MinistĂ¨re de la Culture et de la Communication + Service culturel du Consulat gĂ©nĂ©ral de France Ă QuĂ©bec + Culturesfrance
Presented by Festival TransAmĂ©riques
In Association with Carrefour International de ThĂ©Ă˘tre de QuĂ©bec
Redaction: Catherine Cyr
Traduction: Neil Kroetsch