bientôt / soon
the future is another country
Écrite par / Written by BouloukinTheatre
Mise en scène par / Directed by Manolis Antoniou
Avec / With
Marika Karlsson, Louis-Elyan Martin, & Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards
Concepteur d'éclairages / Light Designer Öykü Önder
Une production de / A production of BOULOUKI THEATRE
Imagine a theatre stage stripped of the conventions of passive spectatorship. A dinner party of sorts, where conversations, on and off script, about the food itself, its origins and preparation lead to dialogues about citizenship, identity, immigration, borders, xenophobia, utopia. Imagine a process inspired by the concept and practice of *philoxenia*—the love of strangers. An event that channels communal warmth, togetherness and uninhibitedness, and that turns a mirror to the polis of Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal.
THE FUTURE IS ANOTHER COUNTRY is a full-length theatrical creation for three performers and Boulouki’s first foray into devised theatre. After receiving creation grants from Cole Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts, the work is now entering the final production phase, with a presentation at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) confirmed for Fall 2021. A collectively conceived and multidisciplinary project, the piece will involve dialogue (scripted and not), audience participation, and food, as well as gesture, sound, and video projection. The work’s guiding premise is that individualism, in its myriad forms, stifles curiosity and keeps us, in North American society, from celebrating our shared need for connection and mutual refuge.
If individualism saturates the present, securing it (but just for some), what will the future be made of? Much as migrants are forcibly displaced from country to country, are we condemned to move from one dashed hope to the next, never stopping? Or is the future a region we look to as one might the shores of a hospitable territory?
September 29th, 2021 @ MAI, Montréal Arts Interculturels
Le projet est développé avec le soutien du Conseil des Arts du Canada et de la Fondation Cole
The project is being developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and of the Cole Foundation