GOODIES, BEASTIES and SWEETHEARTS

by Claudie Gagnon

For 4 years old and up (family audiences)

For 6 years old and up (school groups)

Wordless play

Installation show

With your children, you’ll enter a magical parallel universe. As if in a fairy tale, you’ll encounter whimsical characters and disconcerting objects, finding yourself in the strangest of situations. In the real world, none of this would make any sense. But with the Théâtre des Confettis, everything falls into place, just as it does in Grimm’s fairy stories.

Braunschweiger Zeitung, Braunsweig, Germany

 

Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts, winner of an award from the Académie québécoise du théâtre and performed as far away as Hong Kong, is an experience that engages the senses of sight, touch, smell and hearing… Gluttony is never a fault inside the pastry shop… It reigns supreme.

Valérie Lesage, Le Soleil, Québec

 

The play is perfectly named and turned out to be totally delicious. […] The short tableaux that make up the show are simple. Funny. Comical. Entrancing. The whole audience was entranced and clearly enjoying the show. What a wonderful way to introduce children to the theatre!

Michel Bélair, Le Devoir, Montreal

 

A trip to the past, to the magical enclosure of childhood, yesterday, in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce church for the dress rehearsal of Amour, délices et ogre/Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts. […] A delightful adventure, conjuring up memories of taste, sight and sound. […] It is a sparkling, surprising and deliciously anarchical play, with an enjoyable resemblance to a happening…

Jean Saint-Hilaire, Le Soleil, Quebec City

 

It is clear that no other play presented as part of the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec comes close to this experiment that seeks to push the limits back […] Audiences are surprised and then entranced by this young people’s play that seems to pay no attention to the rules. […] The small stage is the setting for living tableaux that cannot fail to astonish audiences of all ages. It is hard to imagine more convincing performers than Paul-Patrick Charbonneau and Anne-Marie Olivier in these silent roles. […] These short, irreverent tales nevertheless fit in seamlessly with a highly imaginative theatrical approach.

David Cantin, Le Devoir, Montreal

 

My favourites? Without a doubt […] Amour, délices et ogre/Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts, a greedy, playful show by the Théâtre des Confettis, which calls on all the senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and even … taste!

Marie Laliberté, Voir, Quebec City

 

Next, a charming play without words performed by Anne-Marie Olivier and Paul-Patrick Charbonneau, accompanied by Frédéric Lebrasseur using a set of saucepans to create a live sound environment for each of the four tableaux. Four short stories, not in the least politically correct and fantastically imaginative.

Sonia Sarfati, La Presse, Montreal

 

Visitors are allowed to touch, smell, taste, and talk, in other words do everything you’re not supposed to do in a museum. […] Around thirty or thirty-five spectators at a time are invited to enter this delicious universe, which they leave both happy and replete.

Nicole Thibault, Lurelu, Montreal

 

I don’t believe I’ll ever forget […] the irresistible surge of childhood memories that overcame me as I watched the installation-play Amour, délices et ogre/Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts.

Jean Saint-Hilaire, Le Soleil, Quebec City

Concept, direction and stage design: Claudie Gagnon
Assisted by: Christian Fontaine
Sound environment and music: Frédéric Lebrasseur
Original cast: Paul-Patrick Charbonneau, Frédéric Lebrasseur and Anne-Marie Olivier
Tour cast: To be confirmed

 

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Two by two, or three by three, the spectators enter a giant cake and begin to walk through its six small rooms. At the end of the circuit, they meet in the mini-cabaret. Thirty-five people at a time watch a show of living tableaux, which are wordless but eloquent sketches performed on stage by two actors. From the top of his perch, a musician/sound artist provides an accompaniment for the show.

The spectators are free to move from one room to the next on their own; there is no guide.

Everything is child-sized. Adults who choose not to accompany their children inside the cake can observe their progress from the outside, through portholes. They can then join their children in the cabaret for the show.

Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts can be set up in any open space (theatre stage, entrance hall, exhibition hall, etc.) provided it is large enough and quiet enough to allow the performance to proceed. The company furnishes all its own lighting and sound equipment.

Created in May 2000 at the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec, Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts has been subsequently presented at the festival Les Coups de théâtre (Montréal, June 2000), the Maison des arts de Laval (Laval, December 2001), the Festival acadien de Caraquet (August 2002), the Festival des spectacles jeune public de Lanaudière (July 2004), the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (November 2004), the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (December 2004), the Family Fiesta Festival (Hong Kong, March and April 2006), the Magnetic North Theatre Festival (St-John’s -Newfoudland- July 2006), the Maison Théâtre (Montréal, April 2007), the Gros Becs (Québec, May 2007), the RU KU RU Museum, the Shizuoka Culture Hall (Shizuoka -Japan-, October and November 2007), the Theatreformen festival (Braunschweig -Germany-, June 2008), the Museum of Art (Kochi -Japon- Novembrer 2008), the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa -Japon- Novembrer and December 2008) and the Theatre 1010 (Tokyo -Japon- December 2008), Festival Petits Bonheurs (Montréal – May 2010) and at Carrefour international de théâtre (Québec – May 2010).

GOODIES, BEASTIES and SWEETHEARTS

An original Théâtre des Confettis creation co-produced with the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec, show created at Musée de la civilisation (Quebec), May 2000.

Imagine setting a trap using only pleasure to attract your prey.

Inside what could be called The Cake, a highly improbable place where the attraction of food is illustrated by contrasts in proportion, hard and soft, true and false, a trail of tiny rooms carefully prepared with food objects leads to a mini-cabaret where a series of living tableaux awaits. They are presented by a number of characters who create an enjoyable evocation of eating and the world of childhood.

In this house, for the cake turns out to be a house at the same time, even the sounds and music are food-related! Three actors, one of whom is also a musician and sound artist, are the hosts of this tiny theatrical museum.

A combination of installation and show, Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts, owes its concept and direction to Québec City artist Claudie Gagnon, whose work in the visual arts is very often imbued with theatricality (La chèvre et le chou, Petits miracles misérables et merveilleux, Tranche de vie sur corde à linge, etc. ).

An «archaeologist of the everyday,» Claudie Gagnon manipulates and arranges mundane objects to give them a new, unexpected lease on life. Her exhibitions, like her living tableaux inspired by classical and romantic paintings, are poetical, often humorous, festive and eminently theatrical.