March 25-29, 2014
New Live Arts Hub & Incubator, 1115 Queen St. West
A special matinee performance in celebration of The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize for L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres will take place on March 29 at 2PM. A limited number of tickets is available for sale online.
The tenth laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize, Canadian theatre visionary Robert Lepage will present the prize to the members of L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres following the peformance.
Set in a high-society salon of the early 20th century, eight musicians borrow from the repertoire of Kurt Weill to sing about the best and worst of the human condition. From Berlin cabaret and Parisian nostalgia to New York’s Broadway, Quebec City’s L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres retraces the path of the musician in exile, using rare instruments and “music objects” that conjure up Weill’s dramatic and musical world. Superimposed over the music are fanciful and surrealist images that create surprising tableaux vivants, both strange and fascinating.
Following the success of LODHO Performs Tom Waits the frenzied multi-instrumentalists of L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres now take on the music of Kurt Weill to devise a work at the crossroads of theatre, cabaret, visual arts and performance, creating “music that can be seen.”
Music by Kurt Weill. Produced, written, arranged and directed by L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres.
Praise for Cabaret brise-jour:
Everything, absolutely everything, from the most incongruous to the most expected, comes together to make the experience feel like a poetic treatise on the present. L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres makes anarchy respectable again. – Le Devoir
Viewers are confronted with the bizarre and the different as they lose their familiar signposts, entering a universe both strange and familiar. The result, which is simply fascinating, is called art.– Le Soleil
Presented by The Theatre Centre as part of the national tour, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.