A Breath of Fresh Air at Le Diamant This Spring
— February 22
TICKETS ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE
This spring, a breath of fresh air is blowing through Le Diamant with programming that celebrates the diversity and creativity of the performing arts of Quebec. Starting on March 31, Le Diamant invites you to play Tom Waits, explore the far side of the moon, have a blast with wrestling, discover Haitian Creole, and attend a trial initiated by a young Indigenous woman in New France.
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joue à tom waits
MARCH 31 TO APRIL2, 2022
Le Diamant is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Quebec City’s collective of unruly artists, L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres, and its show Joue à Tom Waits. It’s the perfect way to welcome back the audiences of Québec!
The universe of Tom Waits opens up just like an apple under a sharp knife when an orchestra of busy multi-instrumentalists play his compositions on found objects and invented instruments. In lively scenes, the musicians play in front of each other and above each other. They switch voices, put their feet in their mouths, throw wrenches in the works and find themselves in dangerous situations.
GHOST LIGHT: ENTRE LA CHUTE ET L'ENVOL
MACHINE DE CIRQUE
APRIL 7 TO 9, 2022
Machine de Cirque and Le Diamant are happy to be able to present Ghost Light: entre la chute et l’envol after having had to postpone the shows of November 2021 following the injury of one of the circus artists.
Ghost Light brings together stunning acrobatics, choreography, ghostly lighting and lively music. With minimalist scenography, the stars of the show are the teeterboard and the talented duo, Maxim Laurin and Ugo Dario. In this creation of poetry and light, the ghost light—the glowing sentinel of our theatres—becomes part of the show.Tickets currently on sale
LA FACE CACHÉE DE LA LUNE
EX MACHINA / ROBERT LEPAGE
April 15 to 30, 2022
Mark your calendars: this celebrated work by Ex Machina/Robert Lepage and the superb performance by Yves Jacques are not to be missed!
La Face cachée de la Lune concentrates on the stormy relationship of two brothers with conflicting ambitions and their unlikely reconciliation following their mother’s death. The story is set against the backdrop of the 1960s Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States, where the losers might not be the ones we would think.
“By being interested in some chapters of the conquest of space, I was forced, despite myself, to revisit my childhood and a significant part of my adolescence. It was an appointment I was trying to push back for a long time, and the creation of this show has cornered me at the foot of the wall. The most difficult thing was surely to discover that my youth—which I thought sunny—bathed most of the time in the blue and gray tones of the moon. I hope that this story of reconciliation between two brothers will touch you and awaken in you a little lunar nostalgia.” — Robert LepageTickets currently on sale
ANDROMAK SA A !
THÉÂTRE DE LA SENTINELLE
APRIL 16, 2022
Developping the project with care over several years, Le Théâtre de La Sentinelle and eight Haitian actors—including Sabina Roy (Andromak) and Lyndz Dantiste (Pyrrhus)—are presenting Andromak Sa a !, an adaptation of Jean Racine’s classic play Andromaque. Presented in French and Haitian Creole in the Lepage Beaulieu Studio, this project is sponsored by Robert Lepage, the artistic director of Le Diamant.
Reimagined in the context of the 19th-century Caribbean independence movement, the story is set in Saint-Domingue. After the Haitian people won independence, the tension was palpable among those that fought in the revolution. Two sides formed: the rebels and the royalists. Pyrrhus, the great rebel general, took Andromaque, a royalist, prisoner in his residence. He falls desperately in love with her, and they will be confronted by the Haitian elite who will demand the death of her son. With rebels who communicate in the official language of Haitian Creole and royalists—including the sublime Andromaque—who communicate in French, this adaptation explores linguistic conflicts as well as ideas of legacy, love and honour.
Le Théâtre de La Sentinelle’s mission is showcase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) artists and stories onstage. The company wants to revolutionize Québécois theatre and normalize diverse representation in theatre to strengthen racialized emerging artists.Tickets currently on sale
MAY 7, 2022 (RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 29)
The North Shore Pro Wrestling (NSPW) gala, originally planned for January 29 and postponed to May 7, is now almost sold out. On May 7, come to the box office starting at noon and get MIDI50 tickets at 50% of the average of the regular ticket prices!
It’ll be a boisterous experience, both in the ring and in the audience. Get your photo taken with life-size cardboard cut-outs of the wrestlers while a pianist plays the best rock hits on the Gilles-Tremblay 1919 Steinway with gold-leaf gilding in the lobby. It’s Le Diamant at its best!Learn more
MARGUERITE: LE FEU
may 19 to 21, 2022
In 1740 in Québec, and for the first time in the history of New France, a young Indigenous woman initiated a trial to demand her freedom. Bought to be resold, she was to be sent immediately on a merchant ship to Martinique. Inevitably, Marguerite lost the trial and was sent to Martinique. What became of her is unknown.
Obsessed with her story, the playwright and director Émilie Monnet went to look for traces of Marguerite 280 years later. She walked over stone and volcanic rock, crossed the river at the place where the fresh water meets salt water, and listened to the wind in Martinique, all while wondering if there were other ways to awaken memories and fill the holes of history.
“The fire inside Marguerite inspired this show. This same fire burns in all the Marguerites of the past and of today who fight for justice. It’s the fire of renewal and rediscovered memories.” -Émilie Monnet, playwright and director
At the intersection of theatre, performance and sound, the artistic process of Productions Onishka founder Émilie Monnet delves into the themes of memory, history and transformation. Les Productions Onishka weaves together commonalities between Indigenous peoples of the world while honouring their diversity, richness and resilience.Tickets currently on sale
DONNEZ AU SUIVANT
Give the gift of culture. Le Diamant invites its generous audience members to give a ticket to a student, a person experiencing a lower-income situation or a client new to the performing arts through its program Donnez au suivant. Le Diamant will match each dollar received. Last fall, more than 250 show tickets were given to various organizations in the region, including Accès-Loisirs Québec, the Centre Louis-Jolliet, the École de Cirque de Québec and the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec. This winter, we invite you to donner au suivant!
AFFORDABLE TICKET PRICES
In addition to the Donnez au suivant program, Le Diamant prioritizes various initiatives in order to make culture accessible to all:
- Midi50 Tickets: At noon on the day of each performance, dozens of seats are available for direct sale at le Diamant's box office for 50% of the average of the regular prices. Limit of 2 tickets until March 31, 2022. Limit of 4 tickets from April 1, 2022.
- Special rate for those 15 years old and younger who are accompanied by a parent or adult: tickets at $15, taxes and service charges included, are available for most shows. Limit of 3 tickets per regular ticket purchased.
- Student rate: a 25% discount on regularly priced category 2 or 3 tickets is offered upon presentation of a student ID card.
- Group rate: 15% for groups of 20 people or more. Contact the box office at (418) 692-5353.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
Le Diamant would like to recognize the essential contributions of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, and the City of Quebec to its work, along with the generous support of its major donors: BMO Financial Group, Desjardins, Bell, Kabuchan International, Hydro-Québec, Power Corporation of Canada, Robert Lepage, Groupe Canam, Groupe Dallaire, Fondaction, Beneva, Sylvia M. G. Soyka, National Bank of Canada, Cogeco, Pomerleau, Cominar, Sanimax, Geneviève Marcon and Jean Campeau, L. Jacques and Marie-José Ménard, as well as a number of anonymous donors.
Le Diamant would also like to thank its programming partners: the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Quebec.
A unique cultural venue, Le Diamant is committed to presenting the best national and international works of today. After fifteen years of effort, Le Diamant was inaugurated on August 30, 2019.
This flexible black box theatre presents groundbreaking productions, world premieres, and major events in an intimate atmosphere. As a destination for international visitors, Le Diamant is able to showcase the expertise and excellence of the cultural milieus of Quebec and Canada. Open to the community and located in the heart of the historic city centre, this performing-arts centre aims to serve as a point of reference for the public, emerging artists and creators of all kinds.