Les 7 Fingers on Thursday revealed a short excerpt from its new show “Mon île, mon cœur” which it will present exclusively starting September 8 at the new Studio-Cabaret at Espace St-Denis in Montreal.
The show chronicles the arrival of Pablo, a newcomer who will discover all the attractions that make the city so endearing. On stage, a wrought iron staircase, typical of Montreal, occupies the entire space while a bicycle is attached to a landing. The young immigrant soon gets caught up in the turmoil of a kitchen party, as music sizzles and beer flows.
“Originally from California, I arrived in Montreal in 1991,” explains Director and Artistic Director Shana Carroll. “I wanted to write a love letter to Montreal by telling her what this city means to me. Lots of people also came there for love or business, and they signed In love There is something a little mysterious that makes you want to stay there, and I tried to express that love through the show.
Didier Lucien embodies a kind of master of ceremonies in this show where song, theater, circus, music and dance mingle…
The actor said, “I play a character who philosophizes about his love for Montreal. I feel confident with the circus folks. I actually experienced that kind of atmosphere when I was doing shows with Dominic Champagne, and it was like I was back at home.”
Guest artists from the National Circus School, the meeting between the actor and the director, a few years ago, happened in a funny way. “I was starting out in the circus at that time, and I didn’t know who she was,” admitted Didier Lucien. After some time, I read a book about the Montreal Circus in which his name appeared so often. I realized that I had been rubbing shoulders with a luminous sign of his art without knowing it.
It was difficult to find the rest of the cast, because the director wanted to have circus artists who could sing, play an instrument and know how to act. “I also wanted an original balance, but we’re half and half between Quebecers and artists from elsewhere.”
“Mon île, mon cœur” was created exclusively for this new auditorium, which was the St-Denis Theater 2. With a set of 180-degree LED screens and 4K projection equipment, the studio-cabaret in particular enables the creation of an immersive atmosphere.
“It’s interesting, because it allows you to break the fourth wall and think outside the box,” Shana Carroll explained. We always want to get close to the audience, and with these screens, movement can be present in the room.
Also a restaurant and bar terrace
Thanks to a multi-million dollar investment, Studio-Cabaret in Espace St-Denis is the result of the first phase of work to restructure the entire Théâtre Saint-Denis. The restaurant and bar-terrace will complete the show by the end of the year.
“It’s hard to get here with all the work,” explained Lynne Dufresne, producer and project manager. I think people deserve to have one place where they can eat, drink and watch the show. We want it to be easy for customers.”
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