a new projets hybris work
bilingual (en + fr)

Sept. 24, 2018, 7 pm
Sept. 25,27,28, 2018, 8 pm
La Chapelle - Scènes contemporaines, Montréal

director: Philippe Dumaine
dramaturgy: Marilou Craft
lights: Hugo Dalphond
technical manager: Nicola Dubois
live music: DRY SEC
(Mathieu Arsenault, Laurence Gauthier-Brown, Samuel Gougoux, Simon Provencher)
Maude Arès, Antoine Beaudoin Gentes, Angie Cheng, Sarah Chouinard-Poirier, Danièle Simon


Youngnesse is an ensemble piece reflecting on the political energy of youth. Dance, theatre, music, performance and visual art come together in a series of tableaux about a generation galvanized by the transformative potential of collective action. What kind of future can we imagine, realistically? When we cannot decide whether to shout, protest, withdraw, or escape, the only defense mechanism left is the energy we have.

Youngnesse is youth torn between utopian idealism and nihilistic disillusionment. It’s the despair and anger caused by the suppression of marginalized ideas, but also a celebration of innovation and invention that emerge from struggle. With a physical language that is mutable, intense, and unstable, bodies manifest utopian imaginings that dissipate as quickly as they are formed. Eschewing narrative for a performative mode, alternative hopes and dreams coalesce into an acerbic, vital, luminous riposte to an unbearably morbid status quo.


Produced by projets hybris, Youngnesse is an updated version of a 2016 show presented at Aux Écuries for OFFTA. It is supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Conseil des arts de Montréal. Creative residencies were held at Hexagram UQAM, La Chapelle, Espace Cercle carré and Carrefour culturel de Notre-Drame-des-Prairies.


Photo: Maude Arès
In the photo: Marilou Craft
Lights: Hugo Dalphond 


Press release