Thomas Duret / Théâtre du Baobab
Une excellente trilogie sur la vie
Une excellente trilogie sur la vie (An Awesome Trilogy about Life) is an performative theatrical solo work that seeks to question our relationship to time (past, present, future) as human beings. The show manifests as a staged work and installation in which the performer reveals three scenic tableaux of key moments in his life : a ritual that attempts to return him to childhood, a struggle with the present taking the form of a visual and perceptual hallucination, and finally, a fantastic landscape of an uncertain future.
- Director, actor :
- Thomas Duret
- Lighting design :
- Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
- Set and prop design :
- Lisandre Coulombe
- Movement consultant :
- Olivia Sofia
- Creative consultant :
- Peter James
- Dramaturgy and assistant director :
- Alexandre Lebeau
- We thank Philippe Cyr, Léalie-Ferland Tanguay and Camille Léonard for this show’s premise.
Thomas Duret is a multidisciplinary artist and graduate of the École Supérieure du théâtre de l’UQÀM. His work explores the commonalities between intimacy and collective experience and how these two mode evolves separately and in cross-contamination.
He enjoys creating performances, hybrid modes, and staged systems. Through his work, he comes to terms with an idea connected either to a psychological phenomenon proper to human beings, or connected to a societal function, and how either of these can ask upon the individual or the collective. Concretely, he derives codes from theatre, dance, performance art, clown, music, visual art and sports to create projects that seek to be inclusive of their audience, whom he seems more as collaborators than as art consumers.
As a performer, he has been in projects such as Chambers and Ma(g)ma (Zone Homa, 2015), Les Indiscrétions Publiques (2015), LOVE U LOVECRAFT (La Chapelle, 2016), Haltérophilie (for the 16th Actoral at Usine C) and on television in the role of Dannt in the documentary series Alex Caine (for the Historia channel, 2017). He will also be in "Canada, it's complicated" of Mary Walsh, on tour throughout the fall across Canada.
In recent years, he has created many projects and performances in various Quebec festivals (Festival Home Run, Zone Homa, Les Escales Improbables de Montréal, the Montréal Fringe) and has been accorded numerous residencies for his projects, in Quebec and well as overseas (Berlin, Paris).
“It started as a solo on the notion of nostalgia that was created in a residency. I was inspired by my early childhood, when I was still living in France. Almost simultaneously, I wound up working on another solo that was about success/adulthood, even thought I had just finished school. It seemed obvious that the next step would be to talk about what I don’t know yet, by which I mean aging (or the future, as you will). I’ve been working on this project for almost 3 years now and it has manifested as a ‘show’ without my realizing it – almost as if, unbeknownst to me, I had trained a wild animal.”