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For 40 years now, renewing the company’s approach to Puppet Theater and building its repertoire has been an ongoing practice for Artistic Director André Laliberté. The voices of many contemporary playwrights can be heard throughout the company’s 25 original productions and have echoed in its innovative theatrical devices and puppetry. Théâtre de l’Œil is a Montreal-based touring Theatre Company whose artists and artisans have received honours and praise everywhere they’ve taken their shows since the early days, back in 1973: from small towns to big cities, to countries and continents… and to a world of discovery.

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40 years worth celebrating!

To celebrate this special anniversary and create a lasting memory of our 25th production, Théâtre de l’Œil has chosen to bring together the writings of Jean-Frédéric Messier and the visual universe of Richard Lacroix in Corbeau/Raven, a beautiful book published in French by L’instant même in Québec City. This book is far from the traditional commemorative album, as it combines the full text of the play, Richard Lacroix’s storyboard, workshop and stage photographs, as well as interviews with the playwright and the scenographer about their artistic approach, and with André Laliberté, who paints a portrait of the company over its forty-year history.  And it’s all skilfully put together by Michelle Chanonat. A book for the whole family: the little ones will love the drawings and photographs while the adults will discover many interesting tidbits.

“Among playwright Jean-Frédéric Messier’s words for Corbeau, interviews conducted by Michelle Chanonat with the artists, and a detailed theatrography, the play’s splendid scenario is illustrated by Lacroix . . .
“Page after page, sketches and photographs follow the creation of the little characters while giving voice to the artists that bring them to life.”
Alexandre Cadieux, Le Devoir, July 30, 2013, p. B7
And the celebration continues!
Théâtre de l’Œil, in collaboration with Montréal’s Maison de la culture Frontenac, will be performing Corbeau on Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m., during the 17th annual Les Journées de la culture. During these three days, culture is celebrated by a host of activities that are offered free so everyone can discover and appreciate the wonderful world of art.

Two more reasons to celebrate puppets and theatre! The September 27th performance will be followed by the official book launching party for Corbeau. As for the September 28th performance, the company is concocting a few surprises for the children, including a get-together with the artists… and with the puppets!


The Star Keeper: Denmark in November
and Québec City in December

For 16 years now, tireless traveler Le Porteur / The Star Keeper has been crisscrossing the world and has been all over the map, so much so that it’s now easier to list the events where the play hasn’t been performed rather than the ones where it has! In May, famous maggot Pretzel (who plays the lead role in The Star Keeper) performed at the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in Saint Paul, Minnesota and now (insert drum roll), for the very first time, he has been invited to Denmark’s prestigious Festival of Wonder in Silkeborg, in November. The Silkeborg International Puppet Theatre Festival (its official name) has been held every other year since 1986. Each edition of this international event showcases roughly 100 performances from ten or so countries. And, by the way, Théâtre de l’Œil just happens to be one of only two Québec companies in this year’s program. Le Porteur / The Star Keeper will be performed for both school audiences and the general public. Ever since we got the good news, Jocelyne has been working on her Danish pancake recipe (Æbleskiver). Printouts available upon request.

Even better than Santa himself, Le Porteur / The Star Keeper plans on delivering his supply of fallen stars to the Gros Becs youth theatre in Québec City starting December 10, 2013. For special orders and delivery terms and conditions, send your requests directly to Théâtre de l’Œil.



On Tour!

Over the winter, Sur 3 pattes / 3-Legged Tale will be performed in various boroughs and Maisons de la culture as part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Touring Program and will make a couple of stops along the way in Saint-Jérôme and Sainte-Thérèse.

As for Corbeau, the show will hit the road in September with Réseau Scènes (a multidisciplinary performing arts presenter), taking the stage in Montréal, Belœil, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Joliette, to name a few.


Where’s Jocelyne?

Now that she’s had the whole summer to pack her bags, Jocelyne Losier is raring to take to the national and international roads. Always aiming to be faster, higher and stronger, she will be joining the CINARS Québec en scène delegation at the 2013 SPAF Performing Arts Fair in Shanghai. She will also be flexing her promotional muscles at New York City’s APAP performing arts conference and marketplace in 2014.

To help you keep track of Jocelyne’s adventures, here’s a month-by-month overview of her travel plans: China in October, Denmark in November, Québec City in December, The United States in January and then back home in Québec for the Bourse RIDEAU in February. Attention all fans: March is still open…

A New Look!
Théâtre de l’Œil’s new website official launching is... Right now! You will find all the essential information such as show descriptions and tour schedules, as well as the company’s dubious history and its perilous plans for the future... Please book your guided tour by contacting Julie Laviolette – she knows the website inside and out, having piloted the overhaul project.

A special thanks to our wonderful webmaster Julien Berthier, the darling of the cultural community since he is also the man behind many other performing arts websites such as: CQT, TUEJ, ATSA and Les Coups de Théâtre. Julien is second to none when it comes to finding a solution for every problem thrown his way. Mark this newsletter as a public testament to his much appreciated patience, attention to detail, creativity and careful attentiveness!

Now that you had a look at our new website, it's time to ...

... Test your Théâtre de l’Œil knowledge!

1 – In Fall 2013, Théâtre de l’Œil is celebrating the 40th anniversary of:
a) The company
b) The cofounders Francine Saint-Aubin and André Laliberté’s birthdays
c) The company’s GMC5500 tour truck 

2 – Over the past 40 years, Théâtre de l’Œil has achieved the following:
a) Creating 25 puppet shows, 19 of which were directed by André Laliberté
b) Performing Le Porteur / The Star Keeper over 650 times
c) Touring across four continents and performing in front of over one million spectators
d) None of the above. It’s an eyeglass brand name. 

3 – To mark this anniversary, Théâtre de l’Œil decided to:
a) Publish a beautiful book about the making of Corbeau, its 25th production
b) Invite friends, colleagues and accomplices to a performance of Corbeau
    and book launch on September 27, 2013
c) Sell veggies puppets at the Jean-Talon Market 

4 – Théâtre de l’Œil can count on many loyal collaborators. Do they include:
a) Richard Lacroix, scenographer?
b) Gilles Perron, lighting designer and technical director?
c) Libert Subirana, composer and musician?
d) Youpi, the famous orange mascot? 

5 – The following are part of the 3-Legged Tale and The Star Keeper touring staff
      (careful, there’s a catch...):

a) Jean Cummings, Graham Soul, Myriame Larose and Stéphane Heine
b) Jocelyne Losier, Joël Losier and Julie Laviolette
c) Anne Lalancette, Estelle Richard, Nicolas Germain-Marchand and Pierre-Louis Renaud 

6 – And a final bonus question to sort out the winners from the losers!
      Théâtre de l’Œil is:

a) The 2005 recipient of the Prix Hommage RIDEAU
b) One of the three founding companies of the Maison Théâtre
c) A company whose puppets have performed at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and on the big screen
d) A world-renowned circus company

Answers:  1–b; 2–a, b & c; 3–a & b; 4–a, b & c; 5–a (b is also accepted – they’re part of the office staff that works hard getting our tours on the road; as for c – They’re Corbeau’s puppeteers); 6–a, b & c.

Mostly As and Bs: Bravo! You are a Théâtre de l’Œil connoisseur and you’ve earned yourself a ride in the GMC5500 tour truck.

Mostly Ds: You must have misread the questions…

The Team (from L. to R.):

Gilles Perron Technical Coordination
Jocelyne Losier Marketing
André Laliberté General Manager & Artistic Director
Joël Losier Administration
Julie Laviolette Communications

Théâtre de l’Œil gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Text Michelle Chanonat
English translation Denise Babin
Page layout Julie Laviolette
Template Julien Berthier
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