Friday, July 8, 2011

Théâtre de Verdure 2011, July 8-Aug 8

For the next month, Montrealers will have the opportunity to take in free outdoor entertainment in the picturesque setting of Parc La Fontaine. There will be fifty presentations at the open amphitheatre of music, dance, theatre, poetry readings and cinema.

Free films screened during the summer are L’illusionniste (The Illusionist), Cinética, Voyage à Alger (Trip to Algiers), Amour d’un Zombi (Loves of a Zombie), Julie et Roméo, The Sacred Dancer, Sortie 67, La Dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve (The Sweet Drifting of a Child From Petit-Goâve), La Brique Lego (The Lego Brick), Jane Birkin So French, Potiche, The King's Speech, Gratien Gélinas: un géant aux pieds d’argile (Gratien Gélinas: a Giant with Feet of Clay), New London Calling, The Socalled Film, and Incendies.

Music performances include two shows by the Orchestre Métropolitain. Yannick-Séguin conducts Russian music by Tchaikowsky and Rachmaninoff, while Alain Trudel conducts a concert featuring the winners of the 2011 Canadian Music Competition.

As a prelude to the film screenings of L’illusionniste (The Illusionist) on July 9, The King's Speech on July 28, and Incendies on August 7, a Montréal wordsmith will warm up the crowd with a short reading of poems. Fais-moi la poésie is an initiative of the Accès Culture network in association with local publishers.

Shows will be cancelled in case of heavy rain or thunderstorm only.


Complete schedule for Théâtre de Verdure 2011

July 8 – 13
Solo Series
Louise Bédard Danse
Choreography by Louise Bédard
Cultural Mediation through Dance
Five different sites around Parc La Fontaine become temporary stages for an exciting series of expressive solo dance works-in-progress. On the sixth day of the festival, audiences can retrace their steps through the complete series.
Live rehearsals* :
Fri. July 8, 5:30 pm
Sat. July 9, 6:00 pm
Sun. July 10, 1:00 pm
Mon. July 11, 6:00 pm
Tue. July 12, 6:00 pm
Wed. July 13,  6:00 pm **
* Meet up 15 minutes before the hour, by the gates
of the Théâtre de Verdure.
** Complete tour

Fri. July 8 > 8:30 pm
Demasiado Tango
Z Club Tango Quintet
The Z Club Tango Trio from Buenos Aires
(Lionel Gatti, Federico Luzaco and Pedro Ochoa) team up with Alexandre Grogg and Josiane Laberge to perform a new and varied repertoire.

Sat. July 9 > 9:00 pm
Fais-moi la poésie
Bertrand Laverdure, Éditions Le Quartanier
An animated film by Sylvain Chomet
(France – United Kingdom, 2010)
Finding himself out of work, a French illusionist leaves Paris and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Sun. July 10 > 4:00 pm
À la russe
Orchestre Métropolitain
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
An evening of Russian music: Symphony No. 2 and Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, and the great Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff. In association with the Campbell Estate.

Tue. July 12 > 9:00 pm
Le fils d’Adrien danse
Choreography by Harold Rhéaume
To reveal the self, without revealing the body, this new choreography exposes the vulnerability of our existence, rather than the surface of our skin. With Marilou Castonguay, Alan Lake, Alexandre Parenteau and Arielle Warnke St-Pierre.

Thu. July14 > 9:00 pm
Dévorer le ciel
Le Carré des Lombes
Choreography by Danièle Desnoyers
By focusing on pure movement in space, the choreographer Danièle Desnoyers reappropriates dance to convey her perceptions of the world.
The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) visits the Théâtre de Verdure to screen short dance videos after the performances on July 14, July 20 and August 3.
The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) presents:
Ana Cembrero Coca (Spain – Belgium, 2009). The choreographer presents a surreal cinematic poem, in black and white.

Music and cinema under the stars - Vues d’Afrique
July 15 – 17 > 7:00 pm
To celebrate its 20 years of history at the Théâtre de Verdure, this open-air film series recreates the festive atmosphere of African and Creole holidays.

Fri. July 15 > 7:00 pm
Since 2008, these eight drummers have taken a new approach by adding dance, song and urban rhythms to their music’s Latin and African roots.
> 9:00 pm
Voyage à Alger
A film by Abdelkrim Bahloul
(Algeria – France, 2009)
A few months after Algeria gains its independence in 1962, the widow of a marty-
red revolutionary tries to prevent the loss of her home to local authorities in Saïda. Winner of four awards at FESPACO 2011. In French and Arabic with French subtitles.

Sat. July 16
> 7:00 pm
Tuco Bouzi et le Dixie Band
A lively evening of kompas music from Haiti.
> 9:00 pm
Amour d’un Zombi
A film by Arnold Antonin (Haiti, 2009)
A recently escaped zombie meets the news media to describe his adventures and, most of all, his secret passion for a living woman. In Creole with French subtitles.

Sun. July 17
> 7:00 pm
Namori : Point d’interrogation
The celebrated drummer and singer continues to delight audiences with his intense brand of World music.
> 9:00 pm
Julie et roméo
A film by Boubakar Diallo
(Burkina Faso, 2011)
A new film from Burkina Faso. Two lovers wish to live together, but an old feud keeps their families at war. In desperation, Julie asks her uncle, a magician, to turn back the clock.

Mon. July 18 > 7:30 pm
Place à la jeunesse !
Orchestre Métropolitain
Alain Trudel, conductor
A concert by winners of the 2011 Canadian Music Competition. In association with the Campbell Estate.

Wed. July 20 > 9:00 pm
Locked Up Laura – Zip Zap Zoom – Les Chambres de JacquesLes Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Triple bill. First up, Locked Up Laura and Zip Zap Zoom, two dances by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Next, Les Chambres de Jacques, from the choreographer Aszure Barton.
The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) presents:
The Sacred Dancer
A film by Diego D’Innocenzo (Italy, 2009). A documentary about temple dancers in India. In Italian with English subtitles.

Thu. July 21 > 9:00 pm
Marie-Josée Lord
Marie-Josée Lord and two guest musicians mix the operatic (Bizet and Verdi) with the popular (Plamondon, Lama and Ferland) to great success.

haïti en folie
Fri. July 22 and Sat. July 23
Marking its fifth anniversary this year, the festival offers two nights of celebrating Haitian culture.

Fri. July 22
> 6:30 pm
BIC and Wesli
A group visiting from Haiti joins a Montréal-based singer to play Afro-beat, reggae and hip-hop with a Port-au-Prince flavour.
> 9:00 pm
Sortie 67
A film by Jephté Bastien (Québec, 2010)
A life of crime seems inevitable for Jecko, who witnessed his mother’s death at his father’s hands when he was just eight years old, an event that has scarred him for life.

Sat. July 23
> 6:30 pm
Ekspresyon and Sara rénélikTwo popular performers bring us an exciting evening of Haitian music, dances and folklore.
> 9:00 pm
La Dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-GoâveA film by Pedro Ruíz (Québec, 2009)
Documentary film about the Haitian-Canadian writer Dany Laferrière.

Sun. July 24
The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) – Double bill
> 9:00 pm
La Brique LegoA film by Anna-Célia Kendall (France, 2009)
A look at the 50-year history of the Lego block, a toy that has become a synonym for simplicity, creativity… and design.
> 9:30 pm
Jane Birkin, So FrenchA film by Gilles de Maistre (France, 2010)
Beginning with her childhood on the Isle of Wight, this film looks at the life of Jane Birkin, a singer, actor, and humanitarian activist.

Mon. July 25 > 9:00 pm
Festival Divers/Cité
A film by François Ozon
(France, 2010)
The submissive wife of a rich industrialist finds herself running the plant after his long-suffering workers go on strike and hold him captive.

Tue. July 26 > 8:30 pm
rommel ribeiro: EgologicoMAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
This Brazilian native and his guest musicians mix African and Brazilian styles into a new project entitled Egologico. Winner of a Diversity Award from the Conseil des arts de Montréal in 2010. A co-presentation with the Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal.

Wed. July 27 > 9:00 pm
Vidéos de femmes dans le parcGroupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV)
Now in its twentieth year, this yearly session of cinema under the stars lets you discover recent works by female video artists from all over Canada.

Thu. July 28 > 9:00 pm
Fais-moi la poésieJean-Paul Daoust, Éditions Écrits des Forges
Le discours du roi (The King's Speech)A film by Tom Hooper
(United Kingdom – Australia, 2010)
(The King’s Speech, in French.) During the 1930s, Prince Albert of England reluctantly agrees to be treated by a speech therapist from Down Under.

Fri. July 29 > 8:30 pm
Maison Mobile
Madame Moustache
This rollicking five-piece band plays country, bluegrass and Cajun. We’ll hear songs from their second album, Maison mobile. In association with the Campbell Estate.

Sun. July 31 > 8:30 pm
Le Chœur Éolien
Inspired by brass bands of old, 16 musicians join guest Marc-André Fortin and conductor Robert Prévost to perform time-tested melodies.

Mon. Aug. 1 > 8:30 pm
Misses Satchmo
Les Entrées en scène Loto-Québec
An acoustic quartet that plays 1950s jazz and Louis Armstrong tunes with refreshing enthusiasm. With Lysandre Champagne, Maude Alain-Gendreau, Frédéric Pauze and Marton Maderspach.

Wed. Aug. 3 > 9:00 pm
Création Caféine and Montréal Danse
Choreography by Estelle Clareton in association with the dancers
Special choreography inspired by the great annual migrations of birds. It evokes images of change, courage, and the rites of passage to adulthood. With Alexandre Parenteau.
Le Festival International du Film sur l’Art
(FIFA) presents : > 10:00 pm
New London CallingA film by Alla Kovgan (United States, 2010)

Thu. Aug. 4 > 7:30 pm
Socalled, in the Flesh and on the Screen

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Théâtre de Verdure present a double bill.
Socalled in the Flesh Josh “Socalled” Dolgin and his band of veterans bring us a festive summer show
featuring his popular mashup of klezmer, folk, rap and dancehall.
> 9:00 pm
The Socalled Movie
A film by Garry Beitel (Québec, 2010)
A kaleidoscopic portrait of this multitalented artist as seen through 18 short films about his creative process.

Fri. Aug. 5
Pop Montréal International Music Festival teams up with Théâtre de Verdure for the first time to bring us a concert by up-and-coming artists from the alternative music scene.
> 8:00 pm
Philémon Chante
This talented young singer performs songs from his great new album Les Sessions Cubaines.
> 9:00 pm
Mystery guest !
This accomplished country-folk artist will enchant you with his (or her?) unique singing voice.
> 10:00 pm
United Steel Workers of Montreal
Known for their unique brand of blue-collar alt-country, the group performs songs from a recent album, Three on the Tree.

Sat. Aug. 6 > 8:30 pm
by William Shakespeare
Repercussion Theatre – Shakespeare-in-the-Park
Stage director: Arianna Bardison

Sun. Aug. 7 > 8:30 pm
Fais-moi la poésie
Kim Doré, Éditions Poètes de Brousse
A film by Denis Villeneuve
(Québec, 2010)
After the death of their mother, the twins Jeanne and Simon Marwan attempt to unravel the mystery of her life.

Mon. Aug. 8 > 8:30 pm
Les Tabarinades
L’Ensemble les Boréades
Variety theatre in the spirit of Tabarin, a famous street charlatan, in 17th century Paris, whose style of coarse repartee was a great influence on Molière. Musical direction by Francis Colpron. Stage direction by Jean-François Gagnon, who also performs along with Carl Béchard, Bruno Piccolo and Ariane-Li Simard-Coté

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