DILEMME - Research + Development
Multiple phases in 2021/2023 - Vancouver, Canada + Montreal, Canada
Claire is finally free. After a stint in jail, she moves to a small town and gets a job as a janitor for a local psychologist's office. That night, she's meeting with a social worker, to determine if she can gain shared custody of her daughter who she hasn't seen in eight years.
During her shift, the office phone won't stop ringing. She decides to pick up and is faced with a man in distress. As she tries to get her life back on track, she is faced with a harrowing dilemma: choose to help someone on the edge of a precipice or hangup and attempt to mend a precarious relationship with her daughter.
Despite being free and having paid her dues to society, she carries the weight of her past mistakes, while those around her question her ability for redemption.
Dilemme is inspired by the Danish film Den Skyldige and is an attempt to adapt the thriller genre to the stage. This new creation is a hybrid of theatre and film. Through its use of cinematography techniques, amplified sound, and tropes from the thriller genre, Dilemme questions the possibility of creating the same suspense and tension you'd get when watching a film, on the stage.
For this project, we acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Production // no comment. th(é)âtre
Concept // François Bernier, Siona Gareau-Brennan and Cory Haas
Performance // Siona Gareau-Brennan + Other actors
Residency # 2 - November 29th - December 10th 2021
Théâtre Prospero - Montreal
A 10-day creation laboratory, expanding on the research from the first residency. Our research emphasis was on the development of the cinematography elements, inside of a scenic container, and on the development of content through the use of improvisation.
Creation + direction: François Bernier + Cory Haas
Creation + performance: Siona Gareau-Brennan
Performance: Mathieu Lepage + Joëlle Paré-Beaulieu
Cinematography: Sophie B. Jacques
Scenography: Claire Renaud
Lighting: Renaud Pettigrew
Sound consultation: Thomas Sinou
Technical direction: Francis Laporte
Video consultation: Antonin Gougeon
A special thanks to the Prospero Theatre team, notably Philippe Cyr, Vincent de Repentigny + Catherine Comeau.
Photos below are from the residency and taken by David Ospina.
Residency # 1 - June 2021
Théâtre la Seizième (micro-residency programme)-Vancouver
A 4-day initial exploration of the work with François Bernier, Siona Gareau-Brennan, Tyler Dumoulin, Cory Haas, Joey Lesperance, Gaëtan Nerincx.
Photos below are from the residency and taken by Gaëtan Nerincx
Flash 7 - September 2021
Zones Théâtrales - Ottawa
Dilemme was invited to be pitched at the Flash 7 event during the biennial festival Zones Théâtrales. The Flash 7 is a 7-minute pitch session for new works to help them get support.