November 21-December 2, 2017
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Original screenplay by Denis Côté
Translation/Adaptation by Michael Mackenzie
Directed by Michael Mackenzie
- Vic : Julie Tamiko Manning
- Flo : Natalie Liconti
- Jackie : Leslie Baker
- Daniel : Alexandre Lavigne
DESIGN TEAM :
- Set Design : Lyne Paquette;
- Costume Design : Fruzsina Lanyi
- Lighting Design : Tim Rodrigues
- Sound Design : Peter Cerone
- Video Design : Mariana Frandsen
- Stage Manager : Emlyn vanBruinswaardt
- Assistant Director : Cristina Cugliandro
THE SYNOPSIS :
In Vic and Flo, Victoria is forty-six and on parole after serving most of a life-sentence for murder. She’s in love with Flo, a younger ex-con who comes to stay with her in her uncle's sugar shack located in the densely forested boondocks of Quebec. But these ex-con lesbian lovers begin to feel under siege from Vic's nosy parole officer and a mysterious woman from the woods who casts an increasingly menacing shadow from Flo's past. As Vic and Flo hurtle toward their fates the buccolic narrative tapestry slowly unravels before being violently torn to shreds.
About Vic and Flo Saw a Bear
Talisman is breaking new ground this fall when it produces the world stage premiere of Denis Côté’s film Vic et Flo ont vu un ours. A genre bending horror/love story, Vic et Flo won numerous international awards including the prestigious Berlin Film Festival Alfred Bauer award for "opening new perspectives on cinematic art.”
The translation and adaptation of Vic & Flo was developed through Playwrights' Workshop Montréal's The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac and their Translation Workshop Program.
Thank you for the generous support of Canadian Actors' Equity Association and Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. Talisman Theatre engages, under the terms of the Indie Policy, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association.
Denis Côté, The original screenplay
Denis Côté (b. 1973) is one of Canada's most internationally admired and acclaimed filmmakers. Tom McSorley of the Canadian Film Institute, his work as "sublime, minimalist films, typically focusing on characters who are, literally or figuratively, on the fringes of society, have a beauty and grace that belie the often ultra-low-budget means with which they were made.
“They explore themes of loneliness, alienation, and isolation with humanity, intimacy, and emotional impact. They contain a powerful, palpable sense of landscape and the natural world, yet at the same time reveal a great fascination with digital image-making technologies, both in their own formal construction and in the lives of their characters. Drawn to people on the margins, Côté's genre-bending, hybridized, formally slippery films situate themselves on the margins, often traversing — or breaking — the boundaries between 'fiction' and 'documentary,' and placing great poetic stock on the experience of uncertainty, for characters and spectators alike.”
Michael Mackenzie, Direction and translation/adaption of the script
Michael Mackenzie’s last outing at the Centaur was for the world premiere of his play ‘Instructions to Any Future Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas’ directed by Chris Abrams. The play was then produced at the Coalmine Theatre, Toronto, with public readings in New York, London, UK and Barcelona (in Catalan). In French it was produced at Theatre D’aujourd’hui, toured Quebec, and played at the National Arts Centre. Its next production will be in Portugal in March 2018. A more recent play ‘Unconscious in the Sistine Chapel’ (2B theatre, director Anthony Black) premiered in Halifax N.S. in June 2016. Previous productions of his plays have been in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, U.K. and Portugal as well as Canada (in English and French).
He has previously directed two theatre productions in Toronto and Linda Mancini in two one-woman shows in New York.
He has written and directed two feature films, which were invited to various film festivals (Sundance, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Copenhagen, etc.), theatrically released in Canada with one nominated for Quebec’s (then) Jutra Award for Best Direction.
He has worked with Robert Lepage on a number of projects, most recently on the translation and adaptation of ‘Dragon Bleu’ into English. He has been a dramaturge at the Cirque du Soleil for ‘Ka’ (playing at the MGM Grand in Los Vegas), Toruk (touring) and Hangzhou 2018 (opening in China in 2018). He has also occasionally taught/mentored writing and directing students at the National Theatre School of Canada.
He lives, happily, in Montreal with his partner and two sons.
Julie Tamiko Manning (Vic)
Julie is an award-winning Montreal actor and theatre creator. Selected credits include: Various in Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play (RustWerk Refinery), Elena in Butcher (Centaur), Sister in Pig Girl (Imago), Isabella Bird in Top Girls (Segal), Titania in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Repercussion), Clarence in Richard III (Metachroma) and Nancy in Oliver! (National Arts Centre). One of her favourite roles is that of mentor with ARTISTA, Imago Theatre’s mentorship program for young women, and Black Theatre Workshop’s AMP (Artist Mentorship Program).
Her first play, Mixie and the Halfbreeds with Adrienne Wong, is part of Fu-Gen’s 2017/18 season in Toronto and her second, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives with Matt Miwa, a verbatim play about WW2 Japanese Canadian internment camps, is set to tour in 2019. She is currently working with the French company cie IKB on Identités, about the many facets of Québecois identity.
Natalie Liconti (Flo)
Natalie is a performance artist and actor from Toronto, Ontario. She founded the performance collective Daughter Product, in which she produced, co-directed and performed in Docile Bodies (La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival 2017), and co-created and performed in The Gentle Art of Punishment (Zone Homa Festival, 2017). This Winter she will be performing with Daughter Product in London at Camden People’s Theatre for their Calm Down, Dear Festival 2018. Other recent credits include Title 66 Productions’ Nuclear Sky: The Experiment (Printemps Numérique Festival), Dane Stewart’s History of Sexuality (MainLine Theatre), and CBC’s The Detectives.
Leslie Baker (Jackie)
Artistic director of newly formed company The Bakery, Leslie has worked internationally as a creator, performer, movement coach and teacher since the 1990's. She works in traditional theatrical arenas as well as in-situ and performance installations. Leslie has as rich collaborative history. Notably, Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Peter Bottazzi, Tedi Tafel, Micheline Chevrier, Emma Tibaldo, Joseph Shragge, amongst others. She has toured her devised interdisciplinary creations internationally. Her solo-creation, Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, was presented at Le Théâtre La Licorne in October 2016. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing.
Alexandre Lavigne (Daniel)
Since graduating from the Theater Option Du Collège Lionel-Groulx in 2013, Alexandre Lavigne has kept busy. Some of his stage credits include Détruire, nous allons a unique show directed by Philippe Boutin in 2013 and revived in 2014. In 2015, he was also on tour in France with the show Fake directed by Dave St-Pierre. Season 2016-2017 will see him in Bus Stop at the Centaur Theatre, for a first collaboration, and then on tour. On screen, Alexandre has been featured in O’3, La théorie du K.O., 19-2, Karl/Max, Hubert et Fanny, L’imposteur II and the web serie Les guerriers. He made his big screen debut in the feature film PRANK in 2016, which was selected at the Venice Film Festival, TIFF and FNC. Alexandre also wrote and directed his first feature film Carnaval, coming out on the screen in 2018.
Set designer LYNE PAQUETTE
Lyne is a founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Talisman Theatre. A graduate of the National Theatre School, theatre design is Lyne's second career. She continues to develop her theatre training with puppetry workshops and recently completed a three-month internship at Michael Curry Design. Since 2003 Lyne has designed for many theatre, dance, and operetta productions in Montreal. Prior to that Lyne was an Assistant Designer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has designed set and costumes for Talisman productions since 2005.
Visit Lyne's website: www.lynepaquette.com.
Costume Designer FRUZSINA LANYI
Fruzsina graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada in 2003 and has since created numerous costume, set, props and make-up designs. She also works in film in her country of origin, Hungary. For Fruzsina, theatre is a multifaceted world of inspiration, exchange and growth.
Lighting Designer TIM RODRIGUES
Tim Rodrigues is a Montréal based Lighting designer. He has worked with an array of companies on creation based projects and international tours. Notable lighting designs include; RubberbanDance Group’s Post Hip-Hop Project (Dir. Victor Quijada) at la Cinquieme Salle de la Place Des Arts; 1976 (Chor. Dana Michel); On Power and Permission (Chor. Andrew Tay) at Espace Tangente; m/Other + Dark Meaningless Touch (creative collective lead by Benjamin Kamino) at Théâtre aux Écuries; Bingo Ladies: The Musical (Dir. Liz Gilroy) at Hudson Village Theatre; Disgraced (Dir. Mario Crudo) at Magnus Theatre; The Halloween Tree for Geordie Productions (Dir. Amanda Kellock). For more information, please visit timrodrigues.com.
Video Designer MARIANA FRANDSEN
Mariana Frandsen is a Montreal-based photographer. She received her Bachelor degreee in Image and Sound Design in 2005, at the University of Buenos Aires. Her background in film studies, in conjunction with her passion for visual arts and storytelling, drew her to photography and video. Mariana attended the Verksmidjen residency in Hjalteyri, Iceland in 2016, taking part of the collective show “Summaryk”. In addition, she has documented numerous contemporary dance performances and has collaborated with theatre companies as a video designer.
Sound Designer PETER CERONE
Peter Cerone has been designing/engineering sound for theatre, dance,performance and art installations since 1980. He began his career in Italy, working for 10 years at the National Theatre of Rome (Teatro Argentina). There he worked with directors such as Luca Ronconi, Maurizio Scaparro, Giorgio Strehler and Federico Tiezzi. He began working for Robert Wilson in 1992 with G.A. Story, an installation/performance work commissioned for the G8 summit in Florence. Since this time he has designed extensively for Robert Wilson including the theatrical works Persephone, Wings on Rock, Lady From the Sea, The Days Before, Relative Light, I La Galigo, Rumi--in the Blink of the Eye, Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days and installations: Voom Videoportraits, Aichi Expo 2005, G. Armani/Guggenheim, 14 Stations, Villa Stuck, and Anna’s Room. He has worked with Peter Greenaway on the 100 Objects electro-acoustic prop-opera performance as well as Wash and Travel, in collaboration AGON ArsMagnetica of Milan. He continues to collaborate on new projects. Since returning to Montreal in the year 2000, Peter has continued working internationally and started collaborations with Canadian artists. Works at the Centaur Theatre in old Montreal since 2002 as head of sound and sound design. Works at Concordia University since 2009, Fine Arts, Performance Production team for Theatre, Music and Dance departments.
Stage Manager EMLYN VANBRUINSWAARDT
Emlyn vanBruinswaardt discovered her love for technical theatre and working backstage while working for Repercussion Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park. She has worked as a stage manager and technician in Montreal, and has been a venue tech for the Montreal FRINGE Festival. She is a recent graduate of the Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is passionate about using the arts to incite positive change in our society.
Assistant Director CRISTINA CUGLIANDRO
Cristina Cugliandro is a Master’s graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck University in London, England as well as an Honours Theatre graduate from Bishops University. She has worked extensively on collaborating and devising new work as well as deconstructing existing works. Through directing and performance, Cristina continues to explore new pathways towards crafting innovative theatre and always looks forward to new and exciting projects.
Technical Director, CATHERINE FOURNIER POIRIER
Catherine became a self-taught technical director after years of experimenting with different art practices. She's been a guitar teacher, a soundwoman, directed and edited her own short films, and performed in galleries and festivals in Montreal. She studied in electronic technologies at Cégep du Vieux-Montreal and then majored in Intermedia and Cyberarts at Concordia University. She's been the technical director of Montreal Fringe Festival and Fundy Fringe Festival. Now, she's a lighting designer for bands and circus productions, a technical director for theatre and circus, an electronic artist, and the co-founder of the set, props and lighting design studio Trois quarts de pouce.
Production manager MÉLANIE PRIMEAU
Mélanie graduated in Theater Management and Production program at Lionel-Groulx (2012). Since then, she has worked mainly in the field of contemporary dance and theater as a stage manager, production manager and technical director. Always looking for projects that try to bring the community closer and democratize the arts to make them accessible to all, Melanie co-founded her own company; The Switch (2017). A creative company that aims to bring to the forefront the narrative qualities of light. In addition, she has also joined the team of the support organization, Bureau de Prod. to create a community of sharing and collaboration with artists. Having always been passionate about dance and expression by the movement, she has been part of Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe since 2015. In recent years, Melanie has also held various mandates with companies such as the TransAmériques Festival, Circuit-Est choreographic center, ExLibris, Sylvain Émard Danse, Studio 303, Théâtre Le Clou and Talisman Theater.