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Theatre

Marguerite: Le feu

Productions Onishka, a co-production with ESPACE GO

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

In 1740, the trial of Marguerite Duplessis took place here in Quebec. This 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. This was the first time in the history of New France that an Indigenous person filed a lawsuit. It was also the first time that an enslaved person tried to have her right to liberty recognized. Inevitably, Marguerite lost the trial and was sent to Martinique. What became of her is unknown.

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.

Marguerite : le feu is the theatrical version of a project with three forms. The show is accompanied by a podcast series called Marguerite: la traversée and a sound journey in places of remembrance called Marguerite : la pierre.

Obsessed with her story, I went to look for traces of Marguerite 280 years later. I 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. I wondered if there were other ways to awaken memories and fill the holes of history. - Émilie Monnet, playwright

The Marguerite project was developed with funding from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. The creation of the show was also supported by the Cole Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

This show has received support through the Territoire/Création program (Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre du Bic and Théâtre Hector-Charland) and CEAD’s Émergence théâtrale autochtone program, in partnership with the Cole Foundation.

The project benefited from residencies at Le Diamant, the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, the National Theatre School of Canada and Salon 58.

May 19 to 21, 2022 — Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission $34 — $45

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Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Yanick Macdonald

What People Are Saying...

«Formellement, ce spectacle est un objet unique, onirique, un brin ésotérique, au croisement du théâtre, de la performance, de la création sonore et de la vidéo.»

La Presse

«La plus grande prouesse de Marguerite : le feu se situe dans cette capacité à créer auprès du public des réactions profondes à travers son usage de différentes formes artistiques.»

Magazine Spirale

«C’est le feu de Marguerite qui a inspiré ce spectacle. C’est ce même feu qui brûle chez toutes les Marguerite, celles d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, qui luttent pour faire reconnaître la justice.»

Émilie Monnet, autrice et co-metteure en scène

Performers

Émilie Monnet 
Aïcha Bastien N’Diaye
Angélique Willkie

Credits

Playwright ÉMILIE MONNET
Directors ÉMILIE MONNET and ANGÉLIQUE WILLKIE
Assistant Director LETÍCIA DAL-RI TÓRGO
Co-Director ANGÉLIQUE WILLKIE
Set Designer MAX-OTTO FAUTEUX
Video Designer CAROLINE MONNET
Lighting Designer JULIE BASSE
Costume Designer ERIC POIRIER
Dramaturg MARILOU CRAFT
Soundscape and Sound Designer FRÉDÉRIC AUGER
Sound Manager ANNIE PRÉFONTAINE
Video Integration DOMINIQUE HAWRY
Production Director LUCIE JUNEAU
Technical Director Tristant-Oliver Breiding
A production of Productions Onishka, a co-production with ESPACE GO.

Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec