“From Pollock’s dripping to the tunes of Tom Waits, La Femme Corbeau offers a refreshing synergy despite dealing with dramatic subjects such as marginalization, abandonment, rape, and death.” - Vickie Lemelin-Goulet, Les Méconnus
La Femme Corbeau
Ages 16 and up • General public
“Caged birds sing of freedom, free birds fly.”
A powerful text rich with symbolism and meaning.
An offbeat, sometimes absurd humour, full of humanity.
A young woman armed with buckets of paint tells the life story of the mother she never knew. Her inheritance: a strange bird, both a gift and a burden, that becomes her companion. Should she tame this beast that lives within her, or rid herself of it?
Against the background of a black and white set, all movements become irreversible. From the first footprints on the immaculate paper that covers the stage, the set is in constant transformation.
A metaphor for so-called civilized society, for marginality, for exclusion, this text performed by Valérie Dumas accompanied live by sound artist Diane Labrosse, expresses a profound quest for freedom..
Creation: December 2013, intimate space of Théâtre Prospero in Montreal.
Creative residencies: Maison de la culture Plateau Montréal, Théâtre le Clou, and the Rencontre Théâtre-Ados, 2013.
Performed in St. Vith, Belgium, during an event honouring the author, director, and man of theatre Marcel Cremer, at the invitation of AGORA theatre, in June 2015.
Text MARCEL CREMER
Translation from the German PIERRE DOOME
Stage direction MILENA BUZIAK
Performance VALÉRIE DUMAS et DIANE LABROSSE
Sound DIANE LABROSSE
Set design and costumes JULIE VALLÉE-LÉGER
Lighting DAVID PERREAULT NINACS
Poster illustration LAVINIA MANEA
Press relations MARIE MARAIS
Thanks also to MARIE-MICHELLE GARON and SANDRINE BISSON who performed the role at different stages of creation, and to LE CARROUSEL, COMPAGNIE DE THÉÂTRE.
Photos © Julie Vallée-Léger et David Girard
“Impeccably framed by Buziak’s direction, Valérie Dumas is absolutely bewitching in the lead role, playing playful, tragic, rebellious, questioning, expansive, and restrained in turn.” – Lucie Renaud, Revue Jeu