Disturbing face-to-face when the cultural return invites itself in the middle of the electoral campaign. Especially in this post-COVID year (but it is prowling, the beast…), when the offer is bubbling like a torrent. This fall, a swarm of performers feel delighted to occupy the same stage, but the one man shows confinements remain seasonal. Tenors who were waiting for better days take their works out of the cold rooms, young creators leap into the ring.
We hear it, this thunderous silence of political discourse on culture. At a time when so many trolls send virtual insults to each other, shouldn’t the candidates sanctify what unites people and lights their spirits? This art which embraces the anxieties of time, which produces meaning, fantasy and beauty by leaving a lot of room for women, we would have liked to vote for it in the ballot box.
It unfolds so strongly that we will see it anyway. A question torments us: will the public be there, even mini-productions, despite their desires to cocooning, galloping inflation and the gloomy atmosphere? To listen for oneself, far from the noise outside, albums called to seduce by the ear: To hell with green by René Lussier, the book-disc by Chloé Sainte-Marie cursed silence.
For the rest, we often want to shout: finally! Because, after reports, will win the poster in November The beauty of the world, to a libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard, at the Opéra de Montréal. This lyrical art creation served by the composer Julien Bilodeau and the director Florent Siaud is linked to the rescue of the works of the Louvre during the Occupation. As for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, after its exhibition of photos of the queen of bizarre Diane Arbus, it will now be able to shine its lights on the graffiti painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and music, on the airwaves and on the picture rails. Danse Danse will host the Pina Bausch Foundation for the immortal Rite of Spring. Rafael Payare will lead the OSM in The symphony noh 2 “Resurrection by Gustav Mahler. Many temptations on the program.
As for the stage, which erects its temporal bridges, it adapts many works of yesterday by reinventing them. Thus, at the Denise-Pelletier theatre, Evelyne de la Chenelière, through Because of the sunis more or less inspired by the stranger by Camus. As to Misanthrope of Molière, it returns feminized and updated to Prospero in Miss Agnes by Rebekka Kricheldorf, under the direction of Louis-Karl Tremblay.
By the way, we will hear a lot about art this season: in show time at Duceppe with the company Projet Bocal. At the TNM, directed by Lorraine Pintal for The novel of Mr. Moliereadapted by Louis-Dominique Lavigne from Mikhaïl Bulgakov, where the Russian author talks about freedom and creative obstacles with the French playwright of the XVIIe century, echoing the present times.
On the small screen, Xavier Dolan’s series The night when Laurier Gaudreault has woken up (taken in an exploded version of the play by Michel Marc Bouchard) is eagerly awaited on Club Illico. Those of Guillermo del Toro, Cabinet of Curiositiesand Tim Burton, wednesday, should be a hit on Netflix. Even the ultra-sensitive French filmmaker Katel Quillévéré is launching her series on this maxi-platform, The world of tomorrow. If the cinema did not make a real comeback, we would be sorry to see so many talents still spinning towards TV…
On the seventh art side: an armada of women! Not alone, but in majesty. Launching the ball of the Festival du nouveau cinema, Charlotte Le Bon accompanies her delicious and piquant adolescent chronicle Falcon Lake. Starting the Cinemania meeting: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette with her white dog, based on the novel by Romain Gary, about California in the 1960s inflamed by the struggle for civil rights. Martian science fiction viking by Stéphane Lafleur arouses curiosity. We’ll go rub it.
In Hollywood too, many female directors have taken the helm of the day. On many performances by actresses: Ana de Armas takes on the role of Marilyn Monroe for the Blonde hair of Andrew Dominik, and Carey Mulligan in that of a journalist tracking down Harvey Weinstein for She Said by Maria Schrader. Viola Davis transforms into a warrior leader through The Woman King by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Jennifer Lawrence as a post-traumatized soldier in Causeway by Lila Neugebauer.
Even in front of the hectic Cannes Palme d’Or Without filter by Swede Ruben Östlund, viewers will only have eyes for young performer Charlbi Dean. Because a tragic aura surrounds the one who has just disappeared at 32 years old. This will really be the cuvée for ladies this fall. Mirror of the future? Maybe. We can see that a current pushes them and that they have not finished shining.
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