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Malaise dans la Civilisation

Étienne Lepage, Alix Dufresne
date of presentation
March 7 - 9, 2024
March 2024
Ticket PRice
10 - 35
A Pi Provocateurs Presentation, Co-presented with Théâtre la Seizième

March 7 - 9, 2024

Artist talkback (bilingual) on March 8, 2024

At the Scotiabank Dance Centre - 677 Davie St, Vancouver

Four individuals land in a theatre. Alternately fearful or amused, they stroll around like tourists, playing and testing themselves awkwardly, under the inquisitive eye of the public. This sample of humanity, welded together by improbable situations and small ordinary accidents, gradually transforms the empty space of the stage into a universe overflowing with possibilities… and with ridiculousness.

"These four 'innocents' cultivate burlesque catastrophe, resigned exuberance, absolute shamelessness [...] A vertiginous and often hilarious experience" - The point

Four individuals gathered together, three of them staring in to the camera. The man on the far right flinches and a shoe flies towards his face.

By creating a sort of strange and playful vivarium, Alix Dufresne and Étienne Lepage shake up both social and theatrical conventions with biting stage writing. Between performance and philosophical laboratory , Malaise dans la civilization shows exuberant beings who venture to the limit of moral values. Impulses are released, rules are broken, and human nature is laid bare. Unusual, hilarious and disturbing!

"The performers are mind-blowing with truth. The surprises are constant and so is the escalation." - Theatricalities

Produced by Étienne Lepage (Québec)

Direction Alix Dufresne, Étienne Lepage

Text Étienne Lepage

Performance and co-creation Maxime Genois, Jonathan Lachlan Stewart, Debbie Lynch-White, Alice Moreault

Scenography and costumes Odile Gamache

Lighting Leticia Hamaoui

Music Robert Marcel Lepage

Technical direction, assistance lighting design and stage management Ariane Roy

Associate production DLD

Co-production Festival TransAmériques + L'ANCRE – Royal Theater (Charleroi) + Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay + Espace Le vrai monde? + Parc Extension broadcast room + DLD

Photo Credit (both images) Julie Artacho

PLEASE NOTE: This performance will be taking place entirely in French with English surtitles.