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Keynote Address | Shedding Skins

"Memories race through my mind as I listen to music: mingled thoughts and images, a spectacle of my past. Made up stories emerge from these visions and those figments of my imagination begin to exist on their own. My plays are made of those recycled, metamorphosed reminiscences. Performing them myself keeps me in a state of constant mutation, in fantasy and in reality."

Marie Brassard is a playwright, director, and performer whose innovative imagistic theatre and film use dance, music, sound, and lighting to dislocate linear narrative. She studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Québec, then, in 1985, joined Théâtre Répère, an experimental theatre which created plays from a process beginning with a concrete object or image. She collaborated with playwright/director Robert Lepage on The Dragon's Trilogy, Polygraph, The Seven Streams of the River Ota, and The Geometry of Miracles and toured Europe, Asia, the United States, and Australia as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Ariel in The Tempest, both directed by Lepage.

Her movie credits include Lucie Champagne in Le Polygraphe, and Hanako in No. She also appeared in the political TV satire series, Bunker.

Brassard’s original productions have toured internationally and include Jimmy, créature de Rêve, in which a dream figure visits the nocturnal imaginings of a slumbering American Army general and an actress; La Noirceur, on the subject of loss, friendship and real estate development; Peepshow, which articulates the many voices of desire; and The Invisible, a metaphorical reflection on art and creation.

As Artistic Director of Infrarouge, she continues to explore unfamiliar landscapes and develop a personal theatrical language involving the use of sound-related new technologies.

Her most recent play, Me Talking to Myself in the Future premiered at Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto in March 2014. Set in the future, a dying old woman drifts among the thoughts of someone in the present. A surreal portrait of past and future selves unfolds in a fantastical dream world evoked by words and music.

Brassard is recipient of the Critics Prize for Best Foreign Actress, Barcelona, 1990; the Chalmers Award for best playwright for Le Polygraphe, 1991; a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best touring production for Jimmy, 2006. She was nominated for a Genie Award in 1997 for best actress and best screen play for the film version of Le Polygraphe.

Session Coordinator | Lionel Walsh, Vice President for 2015 Conference, University of Windsor

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