L’archange - free
Chants Libres presents

L’archange - free

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The Oper’installation L’Archange explores the trial of the Archangel of Evil. Placed inside three fabulous video installations, three new victims testify about their misfortunes before a judge who becomes progressively more agitated. Walking through the space, sometimes even bumping into audience members, the judge finally suspends the trial, which has no beginning and no end.

To judge evil in order to condemn it. To judge it according to ethical norms in order to not behave in such a way. A trial.

Evil — by which we mean absolute evil (the evil of genocides, nuclear bombs, terrorism) — eludes reason, history or even description. In fact, it can only be embodied by an archangel. Moreover, rhetorical speech — articulated, argumentative, analytical — cannot be used because evil eludes any sense. In fact, that is what defines it. However, by using the excessive aesthetic of opera, enough space is created to at least approach the subject, if not to give it a thorough examination.


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CREATIVE TEAM

Louis Dufort, music | Alexis Nouss, libretto | Pauline Vaillancourt, concept and stage | Alain Pelletier, visual artist| Pascal Dufaux, installationand scenography direction | François Roupinian, lighting | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, make-up | Liz Vandal, costumes

PERFORMERS

Jean Maheux, actor | Fides Krucker, mezzo-soprano | Émilie Laforest, soprano | Frédéricka Petit-Homme, mezzo-soprano

Press review

Les voix s’unissent en un trio presque digne de figurer aux côtés de celui du Chevalier à la rose de Strauss.

- François Tousignant, Le Devoir

There is a transcendent promise of beauty from Chants Libres, our principal exponent of out- there opera.
- Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette

La compagnie Chants Libres aligne depuis 1990 les créations les plus iconoclastes et renouvelle à chaque fois les conventions opératiques. Rien n’arrête le désir de Pauline Vaillancourt de faire sortir l’opéra de ses gonds.
- Réjean Beaucage, Voir

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The Oper’installation L’Archange explores the trial of the Archangel of Evil. Placed inside three fabulous video installations, three new victims testify about their misfortunes before a judge who becomes progressively more agitated. Walking through the space, sometimes even bumping into audience members, the judge finally suspends the trial, which has no beginning and no end.

To judge evil in order to condemn it. To judge it according to ethical norms in order to not behave in such a way. A trial.

Evil — by which we mean absolute evil (the evil of genocides, nuclear bombs, terrorism) — eludes reason, history or even description. In fact, it can only be embodied by an archangel. Moreover, rhetorical speech — articulated, argumentative, analytical — cannot be used because evil eludes any sense. In fact, that is what defines it. However, by using the excessive aesthetic of opera, enough space is created to at least approach the subject, if not to give it a thorough examination.


More info

CREATIVE TEAM

Louis Dufort, music | Alexis Nouss, libretto | Pauline Vaillancourt, concept and stage | Alain Pelletier, visual artist| Pascal Dufaux, installationand scenography direction | François Roupinian, lighting | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, make-up | Liz Vandal, costumes

PERFORMERS

Jean Maheux, actor | Fides Krucker, mezzo-soprano | Émilie Laforest, soprano | Frédéricka Petit-Homme, mezzo-soprano

Press review

Les voix s’unissent en un trio presque digne de figurer aux côtés de celui du Chevalier à la rose de Strauss.

- François Tousignant, Le Devoir

There is a transcendent promise of beauty from Chants Libres, our principal exponent of out- there opera.
- Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette

La compagnie Chants Libres aligne depuis 1990 les créations les plus iconoclastes et renouvelle à chaque fois les conventions opératiques. Rien n’arrête le désir de Pauline Vaillancourt de faire sortir l’opéra de ses gonds.
- Réjean Beaucage, Voir

Chants Libres

Founded in 1990 by soprano Pauline Vaillancourt, in association with Joseph St-Gelais and Renald Tremblay, Chants Libres offers an operatic repertoire adapted to the colours of modernity, constantly exploring new techniques and approaches to vocal art, and working in close collabor- ation with creators and researchers of all disciplines. For 30 years Chants Libres has played an essential role in the production and the diffusion of new operatic works. Through the originality and the diversity of its approach, Chants Libres takes the risk of creation. After having seen international premieres in Montreal, the company’s 16 creations have toured the world. Noted by 8 large-scale festivals, its works have been performed in Venezuela, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Holland. A trailblazing organization, Chants Libres seeks to raise awareness of the richness of new operatic forms among creators, performers and the public. The company was host of the international conference New-OP 8 (now Opera21) and has produced 6 editions of the biannual event Oper’Actuel works in progress. The impact of Chants Libres’ mission and its creations on the whole of the international operatic scene has been recognized through numerous prizes.