After an exciting year of preparing Les Zinspirés : L’Âge de raison – my last show in a series of three – I take the liberty of revisiting some unforgettable moments of this unique, dangerous, and wonderful project.
For the last year, the Zinspirés team has had the opportunity to read more than a hundred stories, held three writing labs (during which we refined the young authors’ texts), and happily selected the five winners for this show: Cathlin, Mariam, Olivia, Errine and Abigail, all of them unusually daring young authors!
After selecting the winners, I had to develop and define my concept for the show, choose a team of creators I wanted to work with, and explain and convey my vision of the show to the designers and actors. You have to know how to make your sales pitch (and know in which direction you want to go)!
Then, the actors threw themselves body and soul into the work of rehearsing – the show had to go on! We experimented, we tried things… Sometimes we stumbled. But we got back up and rolled up our sleeves. We explored our possibilities and devoted ourselves to the process of creating open, vulnerable, trustful, creative, and receptive characters. Oh yes, it was also necessary to let go of our ego and open up to others and, most of all, ourselves.
The process was arduous and complex, but after this dangerous work the show changed and came together. For the seventh edition of Les Zinspirés, I really wanted to work in an intimate, enveloping, and unifying space where the audience can escape and inhabit a unique, honest, and out of the ordinary experience. I wanted this show to appeal to the senses, encourage reflection, learning, awareness-raising, and, ultimately, transformation.
For me, directing the last three editions of Les Zinspirés has indeed been a transformative and HUGE learning process where I have grown as an artist and director. For that, I thank Joël Beddows for generously giving me the opportunity to direct my first shows here at Théâtre français in Toronto, and I thank Pierre Simpson for having supported me so well for the past three years. It goes without saying that I will miss the ambitious Zinspirés project terribly.
Now, it remains for me to invite you to celebrate the fruit of our creativity and courage, the sensitivity, and the daring of the artists and creators of Les Zinspirés : L’Âge de raison.
Thank you very much and enjoy the show,