Johanne Madore - Collectif Chimère
This show is part of the Discovery Package featuring NYX, Crypto and Moby Dick. Learn more
Exploring the archetypal elements of femininity, NYX is inspired by teenage memories of the family women’s clothing business: the world of the women whose lives unfolded there; the little hands of the seamstresses; and the guidance and pronouncements of Johanne Madore’s grandmother, the reigning matriarch on that “ship” laden with fabrics, skins and furs.
Representing generosity, wisdom and generational change, this matriarch’s death at the age of 106 sparked the creative process of the show NYX, named in reference to the Greek goddess of the night. From then on, the worlds began to blur: embroiderers of memories and sometimes fantasies act as female shamans guiding the souls who are lost between death and birth, between Eros and Thanatos, through the winding forest, through the darkness of the night, through the kingdom of NYX.
After her passing, Johanne Madore’s grandmother came to represent a different NYX: a mythological mother of the night and of dreams who watches over intuition and memory, the sacred and the feminine—celebrating a nature that’s both savage and spiritual and questioning time, the body, and the “soul” that gives it life.
“I wanted to create an organic, theatrical night in which human spirits meet beasts emerging from the stories of my childhood, rewiring my memories from the vast dark place—this “ship’s hold”/warehouse of materials from the family store—and fabricating within it priestly and erotic bodies, new floating chimeras that undergo transformation between the chrysalidal lining of NYX’s sails.” —Johanne Madore
Oct 13 to 15, 2022 — Approx. 75 minutes, $35 — $47
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Mathilde K. Richer
Andrea Ramirez Falcon
Producer Collectif Chimère
General Management and Artistic Direction of Collectif Chimère, Concept, Direction and Choreography Johanne Madore
Design and production of the scenography and acrobatic sculptures, patina of the costumes Pierre Przysiezniak
Acrobatic choreography Johanne Madore in collaboration with the performers Mathilde Richer, Laurie Bérubé, Catherine Beaudet, Megan Rennels, Andrea Ramirez Falcon and Leela Massuret
Collective musical composition Claude Fradette maquettes and first compositions; Claude Fradette and Pierre Przysiezniak, excerpts of soundscapes composed for the installation "Habité. Nous étions dans un bien étrange paradis"; Pierre Przysiezniak, gleaning of sound materials ; Antoine Bédard, additional compositions, realization of the final soundtrack and sound spatialization.
Head rigger, rig designer and consultant in the design of rigging and scenographic rigging Sébastien Robillard
Production and Stage Management Assistant, Lunge Tanya Burka
Lighting Design Stéphane Ménigot
Technical Direction, Sound and Lighting Control Rodolphe St-Arneault
Costume Design Johanne Madore
Costume Design Michael Slack with the initial support of Josée Madore
Rehearsal Director Mireille Leblanc
Coaches William Bonnet and Nadia Richer
Writers Johanne Madore and Pierre Przysiezniak
Filming and Videographer Luc Tremblay
Photographers Rolline Laporte, Paul Litherland and Rodolphe St-Arneault
Administration Johanne Madore
Ad hoc support Diagramme Gestion Culturelle, La Cie des autres
The Conseil des arts et Lettres de Montréal, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal
Johanne Madore and Le Collectif Chimère, Pierre Przysiezniak, Diagramme Gestion Culturelle
This show benefited from a creation residency at Le Diamant, with the support of the RIDEAU circus residency program, Maison de la Culture Mercier, Salle Désilets, Agora de la danse, creation studio of la TOHU.
Agent, sales and tour management Dolce Vita production
Thanks to Viviane Paradis and Le Diamant, Vincent Messager, Josée Madore, Bernard Lagacé and Guylaine Savoie, Françoise Boudreault, Jean-Marc Ravatel, Francine Bernier, Ruth Wikler, Stéphane Lavoie, Arjuna Przysiezniak, Marc Gauthier, Marc Labranche, Alex Coté, Paul Litherland, Rodolphe St-Arneault, Arthur Morel Van Hyfte, Pauline Gervais, Andrei Anissimov, Eliza Gélinas-Lance, Pauline Gervais, Sophie Picard, Guillaume Paquin, Nicole Faubert, Olivier Belzile, Luc Tremblay
And the entire current NYX team
All the partners the Conseil des arts et de lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Dolce Vita production, Diagramme Gestion Culturelle, L'Agora de la danse, la Salle Désilet, La TOHU, En piste.
Pierre Przysiezniak would like to thank Atelier Clark and its team for the time, exchanges, advice and very warm support.