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The extravagance of Phénomena!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Phénomena Festival
October 17 to 24, 2014

La Sala Rossa — Casa Del Popolo — Cabaret du Mile-End — Champ des Possibles — Oboro — Espace GO — MainLine — Théâtre Aux Écuries — Conservatoire d’art dramatique

Now in its third year, Phénomena features 110 artists and nearly 40 performances across multiple locations. Still rooted in the Mile-End, the festival is pursuing its goal to provide a forum for unclassifiable, interdisciplinary, and undisciplined artists.

On the program for 2014: big names and emerging and unclassifiable artists. One festival highlight will be the long-awaited appearance of Ben Frost with his show A U R O R A. This Australian musician and producer now based in Iceland offers a mesmerizing cinematographic musical world that Phénomena is pleased to present at the convivial Sala Rossa. Part I features Le Révélateur with Sabrina Raté and Roger Tellier-Craig, brilliant artists who will make two appearances at Phénomena.

The festival will open with its renowned Cabaret DADA hosted by Stéphane Crête, whose theme this year is Retro-Futurism, or the future as imagined in the 1950s and 60s. Performances, spatiotemporal music, strange foreign beings, supernatural projections… step into the shoes of Barbarella as she wakens in the midst of The Outer Limits. With help from Jacqueline van de Geer, Julie Desrosiers, Stephen Lawson, Aaron Pollard, Patrick Lamothe, Guido Del Fabbro, Egotrip Productions, Lucie Bazzo, etc.

The festival will welcome several performance artists including Richard Martel, a key figure in the field for 30 years, the young contortionist Andréane Leclerc, the charismatic singer Lisa Moore who is launching her new project Blood and Glass, 10,000 horses, a chronicle of heartache and loss from Alexis O’Hara and Stephen Lawson, the visual artist Clea Minaker who is known for taking her light table projections on tour with the singer Feist, actor Simon Boulerice, and the irresistible circus performers Krin Maren Haglund and Soizick Hébert. Let’s not forget about festival regulars Nathalie Derome, Steeve Dumais, Jonathan Parant, Alexandre St-Onge and Marie Brassard.

As always, a warm welcome will be given to the rebellious dance performance featuring Helen Simard, Karen Fennell, Jackie Gallant, Stéphanie Robert, and Andrew Tay. Fledgling companies Atypique — Le Collectif and Dans son salon come together for an unlikely encounter in an apocalyptic bunker. There will also be lots of musical experimentation with projects from Joane Hétu and Martine H. Crispo.

Have you heard of the Champ de Possibles? It’s an empty lot near the railway that was officially zoned as a green space in 2013. Phénomena and Les Filles électriques LOVE this idealistic and poetic project that is typical of the Mile-End vibe. Intriguing and unusual performances will be held here, including a sonorous and poetic journey performed by actresses Sophie Cadieux and Laurence Dauphinais and inspired by the writings of Simone de Beauvoir and Marguerite Duras. There will also be a concert for lamps (!) and a performance of Mobile Home’s show, Balthazar.

Finally, don’t miss the daily late-night rendez-vous at Casa Del Popolo. As part of Phénomena’s DNA, we present experimental, performative, ambient and unclassifiable music with Érick d’Orion, Bataille Solaire, Music for Money, Adam Basanta, Essaie pas and many more.

All shows at competitive prices between $8 and $20… with a host of free activities.