100 % Montréal: Rimini Protokoll
(© Pigi Psimenou)
Just who are Montrealers, and what’s on their minds? Onstage 100 citizens portray 100% of the city’s population. Men, women or trans, adults, children and teenagers, atheists, Muslims and Jews, they draw a map of Montreal in a vibrant, exhilarating exercise in self-portrayal.
In this survey probe by the masters of documentary theatre the Rimini Protokoll collective, Montrealers will see themselves as they really are. Who avoids paying taxes? Who is against the wearing of the veil in public places? Who has cheated on his/her lover or spouse? Without any filters, without beating around the bush, the courageous participants of 100% Montréal respond to all questions, both the banal and the very serious. Moving onstage as though in an organic diagram – never have statistics been so full of life! – they incarnate public opinion in sensitive fashion, dramatically revealing its unpredictable movements. A candid look at the multiple identities of our city.
Rimini Protokoll: Helgard Haug + Stefan Kaegi + Daniel Wetzel
The trio consisting of Stefan Kaegi, Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, close collaborators ever since their studies at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, are interested in the frontiers between reality and fiction, using the tools of the stage to make that reality come to life. Their shows are characterized by highly inventive and original interactive staging mechanisms.
Political by nature, the works of the Berlin collective are also imbued with humanity and empathy, approaching the question of identity from a perspective of living together, of curiosity about the other. FTA spectators no doubt have fond memories of Mnemopark (2007), a remarkable journey across Switzerland as seen through the eyes of retirees who were keen model train buffs. Since then Rimini Protokoll has presented the series Remote – walkabouts that question the use of public spaces, and Situation Rooms – an interactive experience about the arms industry, not to mention the show Lagos Business Angels – a portrait of Nigerian businessmen. They have also created many shows as part of their series 100 % City, snapshots of Berlin, Tokyo, London, Vancouver or Philadelphia. The formula paints a picture of a big city by letting its citizens speak out, with the statistical portrait augmented by visual representation.
May 25 to 28, 2017
175 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
Montréal (Québec) H2X 1Z8