Marie Brassard and Infrarouge, her Montreal-based theater company, will be developing their latest work-in-progress, Trieste, during an EMPAC production residency. Trieste is a contemporary fable inspired by the Italian city of the same name located on the Adriatic Sea.
The performance unfolds in five segments, each relating to one feature of Trieste: The Abyss, The Caves, The Sea, The Castles, and The Bora. As in the board game Snakes and Ladders, where destiny is randomly decided, protagonists climb or fall from one level to another through breaches in the storyline.
During their residency, the company will concentrate on the development of reactive video, light, and sound environments. The intention is to adapt stage technology to create an environment where each component behaves with a mix of accidental and planned responses to the actions of the performers.
Reservations are required and can be made in person at the box office or over the phone at 518.276.3921. Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 6PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 7:45PM or they will be released.
After several years of collaboration with director Robert Lepage, actress, director, and author Marie Brassard decided to set up her own platform for creating work.
Since 2001, her Montreal-based company, Infrarouge, has created diverse and multidisciplinary works such as Jimmy (2001), The Darkness (2003), Peepshow (2005), The Glass Eye (2007), The Invisible (2008), and Me Talking to Myself in the Future (2010). In addition to the company’s newest work Trieste, a dance solo for Sarah Williams entitled Moving in this World is in development. Infrarouge has presented work in several countries throughout Europe, the Americas, and in Australia.
Current collaborators include musicians and performance artists Jonathan Parant and Alexandre St-Onge, set designer Simon Guilbault, lighting designer Mikko Hynninen, and filmmaker Karl Lemieux.