for mature audiences only/18+ years
As the natural world turns against us, many retreat to digital landscapes.
Behind a live split-screen, two isolated protagonists sit like VJs at their stations, running the show. Through instant messages, images, texts, emoticons, videos and music, they meet online in an intricate ballet of reality and fiction.
Like Narcissus mesmerized by Pandora's box, Lapointe and Ross, using the structures of both narrative and performative theatre, create a world where every click that they make online reveals who we are: scavengers of the transactional realm of the World Wide Web, stuck in a circular pattern of frustration – masturbation – relief - repeat. A portrait of obsession and desires that the virtual world cannot satisfy.
Written, directed and performed by Christian Lapointe and Nadia Ross.
An international co-production between STO Union (Farrellton, Québec) and Carte blanche (Québec, Québec) with Festival TransAmériques (Montréal, Québec); HAU Hebbel am Ufer(Berlin, Germany); Theater der Welt 2020 – Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf, Germany); and BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen, Norway).
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
The project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Ville de Québec.
images © David Irvine Photographer
Produced by Carte blanche + STO Union
Conceived, written, directed and performed by Christian Lapointe + Nadia Ross
Set Design Geneviève Lizotte
Videography Lionel Arnould
Lighting Design Steve Lucas
Assistant Director and Stage Manager Emanuelle Kirouac-Sanche
Technical Director on Tour and Sound Gabriel Filiatreault
Technical Director Mickaël Tétrault-Ménard
Production and Technical Assistant Robert Scott
Photography and Video David Irvine
Production Manager Emilie Martel
Producer and Tour Manager Shauna Kadyschuk
Carte blanche Administrative Coordinator Isabelle Tougne
Technical Director (Phase 1 Development) Matéo Thébaudeau