Best of Friends
What’s next? is an extension of the unshakeable friendship between a director and a choreographer, one who loves words and one who loves movement. This hybrid piece is presented in a series of tableaux, some of which are chronological or narrative in nature and recount the highlights of their friendship. Others are phantasmagorical, lyrical or unusual, the result of freewheeling improvisations by Brigitte Poupart and Dave St-Pierre, two friends and two artists who after pushing the boundaries of theatrical exploration – nudity, intimacy and outspokenness – wonder just how far they can go, asking in effect what’s next?
Anything is possible for these two artists who have been driven by a pressing feeling of urgency. Given that the Grim Reaper failed to separate the two, they are more than ever ready to create art that lives, that speaks out, that provokes. So much the better.
While Brigitte Poupart is a performance virtuoso who has worked in theatre, television and cinema, she is also an outstanding playwright and director. In addition to her own plays such as Babel, Cérémonials and Un jour ou l’autre, she has also directed for others, including the show by singer-songwriter Yann Perrault Un serpent sous les fleurs, which received an ADISQ Concert of the Year award.
A Gifted Rebel
Dave St-Pierre plays with taboos and stigmata with masterly skill, as evidenced by La Pornographie des âmes and Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!, acclaimed the world over. This frenzied artist recently directed his first stage play, the Sarah Berthiaume piece Moribonds.
TRANSTHÉÂTRE / Theatre of Ideas
The mission of the Transthéâtre company is to present works imbued with informed social and political criticism. With productions that stand out for their finesse, humanity, inventiveness and humour, it explores the contradictions and misdoings of contemporary Western society. Founded in 1991 by the writers and directors Michel Monty and Brigitte Poupart, Transthéâtre is renowned for exceptional work, including Exodos La Trilogie, Gagarin Way and the three editions of Cabaret Insupportable.
« Propulsé par La Pornographie des âmes en 2004, St-Pierre se retrouve du jour au lendemain dans les ligues majeures de la danse contemporaine. Son mélange de danse-théâtre, de sensibilité et d'images coups-de-poing fait mouche, ici comme ailleurs. (...) St-Pierre prend plaisir à lancer le spectateur dans des montagnes russes émotives, en alternant tableaux-chocs, nudité, moments romantiques et humour.»
Catherine Lalonde, Le Devoir, 17/01/2009 (spectacle Over my dead body)
« Brigitte Poupart, ne réfrène jamais ses ambitions artistiques. Lorsqu'un projet la porte, elle ne se ménage aucun défi, ne lésine sur aucun moyen pour les mettre au monde...»
Anne-Marie Cloutier, La Presse
PRODUCED BY TRANSTHÉÂTRE
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY BRIGITTE POUPART + DAVE ST-PIERRE
WRITTEN BY SOPHIE POULIOT TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
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