Voyageurs Immobiles creation company
Voyageurs Immobiles is a company dedicated to the creation and distribution of theatrical and multidisciplinary works to all audiences, including children, adults and families.
Founded in 2009 in Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal, the company took root in 2020 in Gatineau, Quebec (Canada). The creators of Voyageurs Immobiles are grateful for the immense privilege of living and working on the unceded territories of the Anishinaabeg Algonquin peoples around the Tenàgàdino Zìbì, the Kitchissipi, and beyond. We give homage to First Nations peoples, whom we see as the guardians of the past, present, and future of these territories.
From the outset, the public is included in the artistic process. Like the spectators in their seats who travel the world through their imaginations, Voyageurs Immobiles is built around this fascinating paradox: movement and immobility. The creation company brings together artists from various cultures around contemporary projects, and aims to cross the dividing lines between countries and artistic disciplines to bring about encounters, question our present, and generate dialogue. Building connections is therefore at the heart of our mission. Language is never a barrier, but a force for creativity. Continuously reflecting on the place of art in our society as well as on the responsibility of the artist, the company's creations speak to the intelligence, imagination, and emotions of the spectator, whatever their age.
A true theatrical unifier, Milena Buziak places the ideal of diversity at the heart of all her projects by inviting creators of all ages and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to collaborate, both on the stage and behind the scenes. A Polish expatriate, she is interested in the meeting of theatre with other art forms, such as sound, movement, and the visual arts.
After working in Montreal for several years, she moved to Gatineau, where she collaborates regularly with institutions in the Ottawa region, such as the Théâtre français of the National Arts Centre, the Théâtre de la Vieille 17, and the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa.
In 2020, she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts John Hirsch prize, which is presented to theatre directors whose work promises major accomplishments in excellence and artistic vision.
A Francophone by choice and out of love, she defends the rights of minorities to preserve, celebrate, and share their cultures. She sees art as a vector of social change. Women’s stories, and the questions of cultural heritage and encounters with the Other are at the heart of her practice, as is allowing the audience the freedom and space to interpret things in their own way. In her creations, she seeks out moments of resonance, echoes, and divergences, through which each audience member finds their own path and creates their own connections between their experience, the artistic presentation, and the ephemeral community that exists for the duration of a performance.
Photo credit: Eva Urbanska
After training in Arts Administration and studying Economics at the University of Ottawa, Marc-André put his passion for the arts and his management skills into practice by working for Francophone and Anglophone artistic organizations in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec for over 30 years.
Marc-André started his career in Ottawa in the 1980s, where he worked for the Théâtre du Trillium and the Geste marionette theatre company, and as the general director of the stage art program at the Ottawa municipal Art Centre in the Arts Court. In the 1990s, he was the general director of the Karen Jamieson Dance Company in Vancouver and of the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Vancouver Island. Marc-André returned to the National Capital Region in 2001, where he was the co-director of the Théâtre de la Vieille 17 for seven years.
From 2006 to 2010, Marc-André gave the course on the management of artistic and cultural organizations at the University of Ottawa. During this time, he also contributed to the Franco-Ontarian theatre community by serving on the board of directors of the Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins and of Théâtre Action before becoming a bilingual program officer for the theatre division of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2008. In 2015, he returned to Western Canada to become co-director of the Presentation House Theatre in Vancouver before joining the administrative management team of Espace Libre in Montreal in 2019 and becoming its general co-manager.
Awards and Distinctions
|2022 – Onde – Gala de culturiades – Creative Residency at the Maison Fairview, Gatineau
|2022 – G’zaagiin – Je te promets une forêt – Prix Rideau Awards – Outstanding Design (set and lighting – Chann Delisle)
|2020 – Milena Buziak – John Hirsch Prize, Canada Council for the Arts
|2020 – Milena Buziak – Finalist, Artist of the Year Prize (Outaouais), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
|2019 – Le Cheval de bleu – Prix Rideau Awards – Outstanding Director (Milena Buziak), Outstanding Design (lighting – Benoit Brunelle-Poirier). Finalist, Emerging Artist and Outstanding Performance (Jonathan Poulin-Desbiens)
|2019 – Le Cheval de bleu – Ar.tv performance of the year
|2013 – Grains de sable – Gala des Cochons d’Or – Female Performance of the year (Kathleen Aubert)