Alix Dufresne + Marc Béland

Hidden Paradise


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  • Talkback with the artists
  • English surtitles




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«Today, when you wait for the bus at -20°, it is the consequence of tax evasion.»

- Alain Deneault

On February 9, 2015, economist and philosopher Alain Deneault was interviewed by Marie-France Bazzo at Radio-Canada. In a clear and straightforward manner, he explained the repercussions of tax evasion on society, both nationally and internationally. None other than Deneault summarizes so vividly the correlation between tax evasion as it is supported by our political institutions, and the direct consequences that ensue in our daily lives.

Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland interpret the verbatim account of the interview to highlight how tax evasion affects us daily, in a playful and profane choreography. On the fringe of documentary theatre, dance, and journalistic fiction, Hidden Paradise confronts theatre with the harshness of reality and current issues.

Director Alix Dufresne’s practice highlights sensorial experience woven with physicality and a finely crafted use of language. Her practice looks at real subjects, such current affairs, in order to stimulate discussions around off-shore tax havens or stories of an adolescent paradise lost, as in her play La déesse des mouches à feu.

For more than 40 years, actor and director Marc Béland has been renowned for his role in creating new work as well as in performing classic plays. Concerned with the state of the planet and society, his boundless inspiration has turned to political subjects in an artistic output that eschews fiction.

(only available in french)

Alain Deneault, aujourd'hui directeur de programme au Collège international de philosophie (Paris), est l'auteur d'essais et de rapports sur les paradis fiscaux et le problème politique qu'ils représentent. Les titres OffshoreParadis fiscaux: la filière canadienneDes Solutions à notre portée et Une escroquerie légalisée en font partie. Il réside aujourd'hui dans la Péninsule acadienne. 

In 2013, Dufresne and Béland joined forces in their shared desire to respond to the alarm bells being rung by scientists, intellectuals, and contemporary sociologists in Québec media. The result is a performative language created in dialogue between political subjects and bodily endurance, set to a sonic backdrop selected from real life.

Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland employ artistic methods from their shared theatre praxes to respond with raw, instinctive urgency to present-day concerns, alarming realities brought to public attention by voices of dissent. They adapt texts from news media (transcripts, lecture recordings, interviews, etc.) in a dramaturgical treatment that eschews fiction. In so doing, they aspire to respond to creeping apathy with works of art that lead the spectator to take a position on these issues and simultaneously react to the “how” of their artistic practice, which is characterized by the use of “non-theatrical” texts, disturbing silences, excessive repetition of words and movements, absurd gestures, breaking the fourth wall, audience participation, and in-situ performance in urban spaces. In using the stage as a tool for protest and allowing media discourse to be heard through the prism of a new-found emotional and instinctive settings, they hope to lead audiences to imagine new frontiers for the issues presented that transcend the subjects at hand. 

Ideation and performance
  • Alix Dufresne et 
Marc Béland
  • Andréane Roy
Sound Design
  • Jean Gaudreau
Set Design and Costumes
  • Odile Gamache
Light design
  • Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Movement Consultants
  • Sophie Corriveau, Hendrickx Ntela
Technical Manager
  • Caroline Nadeau
Associate Production
  • LA SERRE – arts vivants
With the support of
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal
  • Théâtre du Marais, Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, BUDA (Courtrai), Les Brigittines, Centre d’Art contemporain du Mouvement de la Ville de Bruxelles (Bruxelles), Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies
Dramaturgical material
  • Bazzo, M-F. (2015, 9 février). Entrevue avec Alain Denault : Fortunes canadiennes à l’abri de l’impôt en Suisse avec Alain Denault. Radio-Canada.
Creation of surtitles
  • Elaine Normandeau