APRIL 13-14: HOPE FOR THE HAUNTED – DON RIEDER (CIRCUS)
Saturday, April 13th 6 p. m. & Sunday, April 14th 4 p. m. @ Studio 303 Tickets : $20 fair-trade/$15 reg./$12 students, RQD, RAIQ Cash only at the door. Darkly comic and playfully acrobatic – a shower of sparks and tears. Hope for the Haunted is a tribute to the deceased artist Valerie Dean.
In Hope for the Haunted two biologicals, are put on display in a small habitat. They are islanded in a space that is both a sanctuary and a prison. Both specimens are arboreal, neither fully human nor completely animal. They play on their leafless tree, taking pleasure in their own agility and grace. Ridiculous and tragic, they act out various escapes, and observe and tease those outside their small world. As they relive happy moments from their past, they are also haunted by darker memories.
Creator and Choregrapher: Valerie Dean
Director: Don Rieder
Performers: Éliane Bonin and Catherine Desjardins-Béland
Musicians: Pierre Benoit
Decor and accessories: Steban Sansfaçon
Text: by Don Rieder, translated and performed by Louise Ladouceur
Hope for the Haunted brings together several artists whose careers span decades and whose performances have been seen at prestigious circus, theatre, dance and street theatre festivals around th world. These artists create and perform their own work as well as creating for and performing in established companies – the Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize and Les sept doigts de la main. What unites them and their various disciplines – theatre, dance, circus arts, music and multi-media is a passion for New Circus – circus tradition and technique used in new ways to move the audience.