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L’amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie

Showing on Feb 3-4

Playing at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

A man with graying hair sits on the backrest of the sofa clutching it tightly. Beside him, is a Black woman who appears to be sleeping, her feet hanging off the edge of the seat.

NOUS Théâtre (France/Haïti)

(Love Like a Buried Cathedral)

PuSh @ SFU Woodward’s Anniversary Series

With staggering subtlety and lyricism, L’amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie tells the story of exiled Haitian families through opera-theatre. Born into just such a family, author and director Guy Régis Jr uses a chorus to sing of the tumultuous, uprooted nature of migration—the journey and the aftermath—in Creole and French, accompanied by Haitian classical guitarist, Amos Coulanges.

A stunning creation that explores exile and dislocation through a portrait of families over sixty years, told in different forms and across different territories. Each fractal in the larger journey evokes those who live in the aftermath of voyages made or lost; each narrative reflects on the social, political and economic realities of a globalized world

This is a profound work, poetic and political. An interrogation of migration, human rights, social injustice and discrimination, the play is an ode to all those in search of a promised land.

Guy Régis Jr. spoke with Cory Haas, Artistic Director of Théâtre la Seizième, to talk about L’Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie on the PuSh Play podcast (présenté en français). Listen to the episode here.

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Artist Bio

NOUS Théâtre (France/Haïti)

Created in 2001 in Haiti by Guy Régis Jr, NOUS Théâtre began its theatre work in the streets, cemeteries and universities. The approach is to bring theatre to the people. The form is paired down, ritualized, the speech is elevated. The discourse reflects the interrogations and the indignations of the company’s members on the social, political and economic situation in Haiti and the world.

The style ‘nous’ (meaning ‘us’) is about radical research and experimentation of theatrical gesture which shook up the Haitian theatre milieu. In 2009, the association NOUS Théâtre is created in France. It produces the works of Guy Régis Jr in France and internationally and works to develop artistic exchanges and encounters between France and Haiti.

The company produces artistic projects of various forms, from sound installations to performance and theatre creations, that can involve dance and/or music and/or video. The political speech and social engagement of the work, as well as the poetry of the texts, movements, images, sound and music compositions are all constants in the work of Guy Régis Jr. Themes of migration, human rights, social injustice, racism and discrimination of all kinds are very important to the texts and creations of the company.


SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

149 W Hastings St, Vancouver


  • February 3: 7:30
  • February 4: 2:00

Runtime: 85 min

Post-show talkback: Feb 3 (in French and English)

Content Advisory

Strobe lights, video footage of death and struggles of migrants


Single tickets: $39
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In French and Haïtian Creole with English surtitles


Company NOUS Théâtre (France/Haïti) Writer, Director Guy Régis Jr Assistant Director Hélène Lacroix  Performers Déborah-Ménélia Attal, Frédéric Fachena, Jean-Luc Faraux, Dérilon Fils, Aurore Ugolin, Nathalie Vairac Musical Composition and Guitar Amos Coulanges  Set and Costume Design Velica Panduru Set Construction Ioan Moldovan, Tukuma Works Lighting Design Marine Le Vey  Lighting Stage Manager Michael Brunet Video Design and Operation Dimitri Petrovic Sound Design François Van Opstal Stage manager and tour manager Samuel Dineen Tour Manager Jessica Régnier – Les 2 Bureaux / La GDS Local Choir Universal Gospel Choir

Originally co-produced by: Les Francophonies, des écritures à la scène; Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers – Centre Dramatique National; Théâtre de l’Union – Centre Dramatique National du Limousin; Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis; Association 4 Chemins; Compagnie La Lune Nouvelle

With the financial support of: DRAC Ile-de-France, Région Ile-de-France, la Ville de Paris, Commission Internationale du Théâtre Francophone (production et diffusion), le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, l’Institut Français à Paris, le Fonds SACD Musique de Scène, l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations, l’ADAMI, Consulat général de France à Vancouver

And the support of: Collectif 12, Théâtre 14, Chartreuse – Centre national des écritures du spectacle, Cité Internationale des Arts, L’acteur et l’écrit – Cie Frédéric Dussenne ASBL, Théâtre Ouvert – Centre national des dramaturgies contemporaines