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Marie Brassard, Canadian Artist, to Give Keynote Address at ATHE 2015

Monday, November 17, 2014  
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The 2015 Conference Committee is excited to announce that Quebec playwright, director, performer, Marie Brassard, has accepted our invitation to serve as Keynote Speaker in Montréal! Ms. Brassard is known for her creation of “innovative imagistic theatre and film for Canadian and international audiences, using dance, music, sound, and lighting as ways of dislocating linear narrative” in both French and English (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia). She collaborated for over ten years with playwright/director Robert Lepage in productions of The Dragon's Trilogy, Polygraph, The Seven Streams of the River Ota, and The Geometry of Miracles. She has also performed as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and as Ariel in The Tempest, both directed by Lepage. Both productions toured in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia.

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

Brassard is also a solo artist whose work has been performed at the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques (now Festival TransAmériques, throughout Canada, and in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

She is Artistic Director of the production company Infrarouge, which was founded in 2001. She founded the company in order to”explore unfamiliar landscapes and to develop a personal theatrical language involving the use of sound-related new technologies” (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia).

Her original works include La Noirceur (The Darkness), which explores loss, friendship and real estate development; Peepshow, which explores the “many voices of desire;" and The Invisible, a “reflection on art and creation, on the porous boundary between the creator, and the resultant creature" (Theatre Junction Marketing and Communications).

Her most recent show, Me Talking to MySelf in the Future opened at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 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” (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia).

Brassard has won 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 has been nominated for a Genie Award in 1997 for best actress and best screen play for the film version of Le Polygraphe.

Her current production, Moving in this World, is a dance theatre show exploring the experiences of transformation, ecstasy and spirituality initiated by psychotropic drugs. Performed with Sarah Williams, it was most recently presented in at Sala Curarta Pared in Madrid from 13 – 15 November 2014.

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