Marc Beaupré + François Blouin
Hamlet _ director’s cut
Hamlet appears on stage, completely alone, having to come to terms with his tragic life. Through pantomime and narration, he relives the moment when his world collapsed: the death of his father at his uncle's hand, and the latter's seduction of his mother by playing the role of each of them. However, he is seized with doubt and cannot accept his uncle’s actions; he therefore starts over in an attempt to make the act more plausible, then doubts, then starts again.
Having to contend with the chaos of his own life, crippling self-doubt, and a quest for meaning that gives in to the absurdity of suffering, this Hamlet invariably finds himself turning into the mouthpiece of the original Shakespearian Hamlet.
In Hamlet_director's cut, Hamlet leads the show; he is at once the narrator, the playwright, the director and the very essence of the production. This time, it's his vision, his version, his theatre.
Two aspects of Hamlet's personality are the driving forces in this story. His self-doubt and as a stage director, his use of art to attain his greater truth. In the Shakespearian Hamlet, the second echoes the first; his inability to accept the tragic events surrounding his family nor to accept the existence of the ghost of his father telling this same story leads him to use theatre to cope. He puts on a stage show for his uncle and mother, and tells the tale of a king, murdered by his own brother, who then courts his widow, hoping to affect his own uncle and mother's consciences. That, above all else, is the dramatic centerpiece of our production; the moment in the Shakespearean version where Hamlet presents a stage version of the horrible tragedy affecting his family.
After studying at the National Theatre School of Canada under the tutelage of André Brassard, his debut performance was 2008's adapdation of Vercors' Le silence de la mer. His subsequent projects were slighty more radical; Caligula_remix, a choral/theatre hybrid performance loosely based on Camus' Caligula, and Dom Juan_uncensored, a reimagined Twitter-esque adapdation of Molière's classic. A "battle-rap" version of Homer's magnum opus, called l'Iliade_showdown, is also in the works. His success as a stage director has also been lauded by the public, and he has put on two critically acclaimed productions: Michaël Mackenzie's Instructions pour un éventuel gouvernement socialiste qui voudrait abolir la fête de Noël at the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui in 2013, and Annabel Soutar's Fredy, produced by Porte-Parole and presented at the La Licorne theater in 2016.
A multi-faceted artist and storyteller, François Blouin has a plethora of skills at his disposal. With a background going from traditional direction to creation of virtual contents, his work aims to craft expansive storylines that are both touching and surprising. His recent projects include video game script writing for Ubisoft Montreal's Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 and a collaboration with Moment Factory, which was a video projection project about silent films, shown at the Los Angeles Airport. These days, he works on exploring virtual reality at Studio Felix et Paul, on occasional projects with Cirque du Soleil and has attended several clown workshops since 2012. François has produced more than fifty videoclips, and his directorial debut was a College Football drama fiction called Les Béliers, a story about solidarity in a trio of teenagers, which was featured on TOU.TV. He is now focused on writing his first cinematic screenplay, an adaptation of Alain Farah's Pourquoi bologne. Since first working with Marc Beaupré on Caligula_remix, Francois has collaborated with him on several projects, both in lighting and screenwriting roles.
- Original script
- William Shakespeare
- Translation by
- Jean Marc Dalpé
- Direction and adaptation
- François Blouin et Marc Beaupré
- Marc Beaupré
- Scenography and visual conception
- François Blouin
- Creative programming and stage manager
- Jonathan Jeanson et Hugo Laliberté
- Sound conception
- Nicolas Letarte-Bersianik
- Dramaturgic council and assistant director
- Nicolas Guillemette
- Production support
- Xavier Inchauspé
Monday, April 3 at 7pm
Tuesday, April 4 at 8pm
Thursday, April 6 at 8pm -- Talkback with the artists after the performance. Special guest: Alexandre Cadieux
Friday, April 7 at 7pm
Saturday, April 8 at 4pm
Saturday, April 8 at 8pm
Monday, April 10 at 7pm
Tuesday, April 11 at 8pm
Thursday, April 13 at 8pm -- Talkback with the artists after the performance. Special guest: Stéphane Lépine
Friday, April 14 at 7pm