« There seems to be in Man, as in bird, a vital need for migration, a vital necessity to feel elsewhere. » - Marguerite Yourcenar
A show where music, storytelling, and live painting intertwine.
Once upon a time… the displacement of men and women, of yesterday and of today. Where do we com from? Can we still say that we comme from some place in particular? Forces Motrices questions our collective identity while recounting some edifying tales about the construction of the trans-Canadian railway.
Forces Motrices, it the story of our collective identity.
Once upon a time… the displacement of men and women, of yesterday and of today. Where do we com from ? Can we still say that we comme from some place in particular or are we the result of a series of displacements ? Forces Motrices ask these questions while recounting some edifying tales about the construction of the trans-Canadian railway.
Forces Motrices, is the story of migrations.
That of all the men and women that came from here, from Ireland, England, China, Africa, Italy ... from all over the world, to build together the railroad crisscrossing Canada from east to west.
Forces Motrices, is the story of a will to any test.
The one that has crossed forests, mountains, wild canyons, ravines, torrents, rivers and swamps.
The one that pierced, sanded, filled and restructured.
The one that has transcended the differences in cultures, languages, organizations, to allow this disparate multitude of workers to achieve together a feat as incredible as the construction of the Trans-Canada Railway.
Forces Motrices, is a performance.
That of a musician, Erik West Millette, and a painter, Charles Acek, both passionate about the History of Trains, by the huge undertaking that represents the construction of the Trans-Canada Railway.
It is also that of a sound designer, Antoine Bédard, and a writer and interpreter, Denis Lavalou. They transport us, for the moment of the performance, in construction sites, becoming beating drums, coyotes, tame wolves tied to sledges, horse carrying workers, mountain pierced by rails, intrepid flow of the St. Lawrence River ...
Charles Acek - painter
Denis Lavalou - Tale narrator
Erik West Millette - musician
Text - Denis Lavalou
Sound creactor - Antoine Bédard
Music - Erik West Millette
Painting - Charles Acek
Artistic direction - Sylvie Teste
Tryptic metal construction - Michel Fordin
A production Les Escales Improbables de Montréal.
With the participation of Audiotopie for the digital lutherie.
We warmly thank Claire Fournier and Eric Pouliot-Thisdale for their preliminary researches and their availability during the creative process. We also thank the archives of the Canadian Railway Museum who guided us in our research.
At last but not least, thank to Patro Le Prevost.
Listen to the teaser audio:
In Montréal on Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st.
Price: 25$ tx incl.
Place: Écomusée du fier monde
2050 Atateken street (formerly Amherst street) Montréal, QC H2L 3L8
Opening of the gates at 18:45
On Sunday, September 22nd, you can enjoy Forces Motrices at Exporail - musée ferroviaire canadien of Saint-Constant in the occasion of the Railroad Day.