Dis Merci 2017-12-19T09:59:39+00:00

Project Description

Dis Merci

Dis Merci

Dis Merci

Dis Merci
February 14–17, 2018

Single Tickets: $25 | PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60 | PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

The arrival of more than 40,000 refugees in Canada since 2015 provides the backdrop to this timely work that explores our relationship to our Canadian identity; to our individual identities; and how we relate to “the Other”.

In Dis Merci, four neighbours are getting ready to throw a party for a refugee family arriving in Canada. Despite their best intentions to accept the newcomers into their lives with genuine warmth, they quickly veer into prejudice, stereotypes, and dysfunction. Through dance, theatre, knitting, and inflatable objects, this deliciously awkward devised piece cracks opens complex issues around how we treat anyone who deviates from the norm.

Joe Jack et John’s Dis Merci is the latest work from this innovative company that has been devising inclusive theatrical performances since 2003. Joe Jack et John incorporate elements of dance and the visual arts in its politically engaged artistic practice to throw into question the notion of alterity. Co-founder Catherine Bourgeois has created a searingly relevant show with an integrated cast of people living with and without disabilities.

Having charmed audiences at home and abroad, Joe Jack et John make their Toronto premiere with a signature work tackling the realities of the society in which we live with grace, honesty, and dark humour.

With support from:

Dis Merci supporters

COUNTRY
Canada

PRODUCED BY
Joe Jack et John

CURATED AND PRESENTED BY
Volcano

SCHEDULE
Wed / Feb. 14 / 7:00pm
Thur / Feb. 15 / 7:00pm
Fri / Feb. 16 / 8:30pm
Sat / Feb. 17 / 7:00pm

DURATION
80 minutes

CREDITS
Creation, direction and set design: Catherine Bourgeois
Collective writing in collaboration with: Pénélope Bourque
Co-creation and performance: Marc Barakat, Dany Boudreault, Emma-Kate Guimond and Ally Ntumba
Costume design: Amy Keith with the assistance of Zoe Roux
Sound design: Éric Forget
Lighting design: Audrey-Anne Bouchard
Dramaturg: Sara Fauteux
Rehearsal coaching: Cédric Descamps

LANGUAGE
Performed in French with English surtitles

VENUE
BMO Incubator for Live Arts

TICKETS
$25

Photo: Frederique Menard Aubin

TICKETS
3-SHOW PASS

Dis Merci
February 14–17, 2018

Single Tickets: $25
PURCHASE TICKETS
3-Show Progress Pass: $60
PURCHASE PASS
Box Office: 416-538-0988

The arrival of more than 40,000 refugees in Canada since 2015 provides the backdrop to this timely work that explores our relationship to our Canadian identity; to our individual identities; and how we relate to “the Other”.

In Dis Merci, four neighbours are getting ready to throw a party for a refugee family arriving in Canada. Despite their best intentions to accept the newcomers into their lives with genuine warmth, they quickly veer into prejudice, stereotypes, and dysfunction. Through dance, theatre, knitting, and inflatable objects, this deliciously awkward devised piece cracks opens complex issues around how we treat anyone who deviates from the norm.

Joe Jack et John’s Dis Merci is the latest work from this innovative company that has been devising inclusive theatrical performances since 2003. Joe Jack et John incorporate elements of dance and the visual arts in its politically engaged artistic practice to throw into question the notion of alterity. Co-founder Catherine Bourgeois has created a searingly relevant show with an integrated cast of people living with and without disabilities.

Having charmed audiences at home and abroad, Joe Jack et John make their Toronto premiere with a signature work tackling the realities of the society in which we live with grace, honesty, and dark humour.

With support from:

Dis Merci supporters

COUNTRY
Canada

PRODUCED BY
Joe Jack et John

CURATED AND PRESENTED BY
Volcano

SCHEDULE
Wed / Feb. 14 / 7:00pm
Thur / Feb. 15 / 7:00pm
Fri / Feb. 16 / 8:30pm
Sat / Feb. 17 / 7:00pm

DURATION
80 minutes

CREDITS
Creation, direction and set design: Catherine Bourgeois
Collective writing in collaboration with: Pénélope Bourque
Co-creation and performance: Marc Barakat, Dany Boudreault, Emma-Kate Guimond and Ally Ntumba
Costume design: Amy Keith with the assistance of Zoe Roux
Sound design: Éric Forget
Lighting design: Audrey-Anne Bouchard
Dramaturg: Sara Fauteux
Rehearsal coaching: Cédric Descamps

LANGUAGE
Performed in French with English surtitles

VENUE
BMO Incubator for Live Arts

TICKETS
$25

Photo: Frederique Menard Aubin

TICKETS
3-SHOW PASS