Onstage, five tables are arranged in a half-circle. At each sits one woman; they are here to observe and to testify. La Goddam Voie Lactée is a ritual of sorts—a pagan expression of mourning, an atavistic lamentation. After a musical opening that moves from gentleness to sonic ferocity, a strange pageant commences: in a series of solo, duo, and group performances, the women air their grief and anger. There are trance-like dance movements, animalistic utterances, and roars of complaint; it’s a conjuring of our worldly troubles, an invocation of tragedy, an attempt to encompass woe on a massive scale…
Amid the rich colours, the wild gestures, and the frenzied vocalizations, these women impart to us something deeply personal, yet public in its cathartic value: a secular mass in which our discontents can be expressed. MAYDAY’s vision is dark, but ultimately celebratory: their act of reckoning is also one of self-imagination, and in that endeavour lie joy and hope. There will be a post-show chat after the February 5 performance, moderated by Gabrielle Martin.
Listen to a podcast of MAYDAY’s Mélanie Demers talking about her creative process here.
Listen to the original soundtrack of the production, which is also available to purchase, here.
“[A] work that is at turns dramatic, humorous, grotesque, and poetic, forming a fragmented but solid artistic whole that exhibits total commitment.”
“It is a visually magnificent production… the entirely female cast asserts itself on all fronts.”
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MAYDAY was founded by Mélanie Demers in 2007; this bravely experimental group of artists seeks to explore the overlap between the poetical and the political. Past performances include Sense of Self and Junkyard/Paradise. MAYDAY has toured internationally, bringing its visions to Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America.
677 Davie Street, Vancouver
- February 4 at 8:00
- February 5 at 8:00
- February 6 at 8:00
Runtime: 70 mins
Single Tickets: $37
Post-show chat after the February 5 performance, moderated by Gabrielle Martin.
Ideation and direction Mélanie Demers Texts and Choreography Mélanie Demers in collaboration with the performers Performers: Stacey Désilier, Frannie Holder, Misheel Ganbold, Chi Long, Léa Noblet Di Ziranaldi Understudy Misheel Ganbold | Rehearsal director Anne-Marie Jourdenais Dramaturgy Angélique Willkie Music Frannie Holder Lighting design Claire Seyller Costumes and props Elen Ewing Technical director and management Hannah Kirby Sound Benoit Bouchard Production director Mélanie Primeau Special thanks Alexandre Pilon-Guay