Shows at 8:30 pm
The 2010 Festival Voix d’Amériques (FVA) is as daring as ever, showcasing artists with something to say and risky shows you won’t find in the mainstream. There are eight headline slots this year and FVA fans will be glad to hear all their favourites are back: Body and Soul; the French-language soapbox Combat contre la langue de bois; and our extremely naughty DADA Cabaret. We’re also exploring new territory this year with Sky de Sela, Fred Fortin and the intriguingly titled Dans la forêt — another initiative from our tireless Artistic Director.
Ursula Rucker Solo
In English. Anyone lucky enough to have seen Ursula Rucker in her 2004 FVA appearance will understand why she is back this year as our Guest of Honour. A product of the spoken word, urban music and hip-hop scene, this girl is pure intensity. Astonishing.
Body and Soul 7
Bilingual. Body and Soul has become a must-see FVA event, featuring strong female energy from quick-talking girls who take no guff. Poetry, experimental music and partners in crime.
Sky de Sela: Maintenant
In French. Authentic to the marrow, this circus artist (and sister of our dear departed Lhasa) gives the first North American performance of her solo show. A surprising and hilarious dialogue between language and the mute gestures of her clown.
Dans la forêt 1: Jubilation noire
Egregore: Francine Alepin.
Director of dreams: Markita Boies.
Soundscape: Jean-Sébastien Durocher. Lighting: Lucie Bazzo
In French. Silky-smooth as the fur of a half-wild animal, this show is a dream on the prowl.
Dans la forêt 2: Plus on avance, plus le bois est grand
Fred Fortin / Plastrer la lune
In French. Fred Fortin in a minimalist, bracing format of just released and old songs. A fine offering to the FVA audience.
Combat contre la langue de bois, 6e round
Hosted by Jacques Bertrand.
In French. One soapbox, ten people, six minutes each. No right of reply. No comeback.
Cabaret Dada Queer — Closing Show
Hosted by Stéphane Crête.
With: 2boys.tv, Coral Short, Mado Lamotte, Suzanne Lemoine, Les Moitsutoitsous, Alexandre St-Onge, Jean-Frédéric Messier, Susana Cook (New-York), Paul-Patrick Charbonneau, Plastik Patrik and Sunny Duval, Les Walkyries (Sergio & Vanessa).
In French, in English… and in lipsync. A dream guest list… hysterical mad insolent sexy improbable. Down with reason! Up with extravagance!