AUDREY-ANNE
BOUCHARD

« This project was born from a desire to create a show that would be accessible to both audiences who have their sense of vision and to people who live with a visual impairment. »

- Audrey-Anne Bouchard

© David Ward

AUDREY-ANNE BOUCHARD
Project instigator, author and director

 

Audrey-Anne Bouchard is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and teacher. A graduate of Concordia University’s Design for the Theatre program, she first established her career in the arts as a Lighting Designer for Dance and Theatre. In parallel, her versatility and curiosity for the collative creation process encourage her to develop and direct her own creations. Inspired by her visual disability, Audrey-Anne imitates the Au-delà du visuel (Beyond sight) research project that seeks to explore how to create and communicate a dance-theatre experience that does not involve sight and that would therefore be accessible to an audience living with vision loss. With a team of dedicated collaborators including dancers-choreographers, set and sound designers, actor and playwright, they develop the Beyond sight creative method and create a new immersive artistic form that engages the spectator’s every senses but sight. The outcome of three years of research, the interdisciplinary performance Camille was presented with great success at the MAI last September 2019. With her team, Audrey-Anne now pursues her research and begins the creation of a Fragments (working title), a new piece beyond sight... In addition, she is active in the development of inclusion in the arts and participates in various activities: She is a member of the city of Montreal’s Chantier for Universal accessibility and a member of the Montreal Arts Council accessibility consultation committee. Since 2015, she has acted as Production coach for the students at the National Theatre School of Canada.

**Accessible to people living with a visual impairment

**Camille’s website is currently available in French only.

Camille
Camille

Photo by Laurence Gagnon-Lefebvre

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Camille
Camille

crédit Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre

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Camille
Camille

crédit Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre

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Camille

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CAMILLE-2019

IMMERSIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE

 

AN IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE

PRODUCED BY  Audrey-Anne Bouchard

CONCEIVED BY  Audrey-Anne Bouchard IN COLLABORATION WITH  Joseph Browne, Marijoe Foucher, Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre, Laurie-Anne Langis & Marc-André Lapointe

DIRECTION  Audrey-Anne Bouchard

CHOREOGRAPHY & DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERFORMER-SPECTATOR PHYSICAL GUIDANCE  Laurie-Anne Langis

IN COLLABORATION WITH  Marijoe Foucher

TEXT  Audrey-Anne Bouchard & Marc-André Lapointe

PERFORMERS  Marijoe Foucher, Laurie-Anne Langis, Marc-André Lapointe, Sarah Leblanc-Gosselin, Olivier Rousseau & Guenièvre Sandré

SET & COSTUME DESIGN  Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre

SOUND DESIGN & MUSIC  Joseph Browne

This piece features excerpts of : Dream 1 (Before the wind blows it all away) by Max Richter

TECHNICAL DIRECTION Étienne Mongrain-Vaillancourt

MEDIATION  Anne-Sophie Tougas

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DURATION : 90 minutes (including greetings from the team to the audience members).

CREW : 6 performers/guides + 2 stage managers + 1 cultural facilitator for the public

STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 60' / Depth 35' / Height 12'  (18.3m x 10.7m x 3.5m)

SET-UP : 1 day and a half prior to the show 

AUDIENCE SIZE : 6 spectators per show

OUTREACH : Awareness workshops bringing together well sighted people and persons with low vision and vision loss. Transmission workshop to share the Au-delà du visual (Beyond sight) creative methodology with other artists and professionals of the art industry (ideal for art students).

VIEW COMPLETE TECHNICAL RIDER

VIEW PRESS KIT (FRENCH)

VIEW PRESENTATION DOCUMENT

LISTEN TO CBC’S INTERVIEW WITH AUDREY-ANNE

LISTEN TO RADIO CANADA'S  INTERVIEW WITH AUDREY-ANNE (FRENCH)

LISTEN TO CANAL M'S INTERVIEW WITH AUDREY-ANNE (FRENCH)

VIDEO TEASER

AUDIO TEASER (FRENCH ONLY)

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CAMILLE

In this immersive work that circumvents our sense of sight, audience members are guided by the performers through the set telling a story about the loss of friendship. After Camille’s departure, Pierre explores  her absence and revisits memories that take shape through textures, movements and sounds. The different tableaux, both realistic and abstract, shed light on Pierre’s journey as he faces the challenge of forging connections with new people. The spectators follow the protagonist through a landscape of emotions in which the intimate becomes tangible. Conceived for and with an audience living with visual impairments, Camille is a multisensory experience, accessible to all, that invites six spectators at a time, in a forthright and sensitive way, into a space of discovery and encounter. Inspired by people living with a visual impairment who use touch to recognize their interlocutor; the performers interact with the audience through the sense of touch fostering closeness.

 

Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist Audrey-Anne Bouchard has used her impairment as inspiration for developing a new artistic form. She brings together a reflection on the sensorial experience of the dance performer and spectator, that began during her Master’s (Nice/Brussels), and the development of her practice as director. Camille is the outcome of 3 years or research-creation.

This multisensory experience, specially developed for an audience living with a visual impairment, is accessible to all. Spectators with vision or partial sight will be blindfolded for the entirety of the performance.

« It is an experience like none other as you learn to trust your guide, the space you are in and completely become immersed in the story»
- Wendy Singer, INSPIRATIONS MAGAZINE

Camille: The Story
Camille: The Story

photo Kimura Byol

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Camille: The story
Camille: The story

photo Laurence Gagnon-Lefebvre

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Camille: The Story

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Camille: The story-2021

IMMERSIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE

(COVID FRIENDLY)

 

AN IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE

PRODUCED BY  Audrey-Anne Bouchard

CONCEIVED BY  Audrey-Anne Bouchard IN COLLABORATION WITH  Joseph Browne, Marijoe Foucher, Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre, Laurie-Anne Langis & Marc-André Lapointe

DIRECTION  Audrey-Anne Bouchard

CHOREOGRAPHY Laurie-Anne Langis and Marijoe Foucher

TEXT  Audrey-Anne Bouchard & Marc-André Lapointe

PERFORMERS  Marijoe Foucher, Laurie-Anne Langis, Marc-André Lapointe, Sarah Leblanc-Gosselin, Olivier Rousseau & Guenièvre Sandré

SET & COSTUME DESIGN  Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre in collaboration with Diana Uribe

SOUND DESIGN & MUSIC  Joseph Browne in collaboration

with Rob Denton

This piece features excerpts of : Dream 1 (Before the wind blows it all away) by Max Richter

TECHNICAL DIRECTION Étienne Mongrain-Vaillancourt

MEDIATION  Anne-Sophie Tougas

DURATION : 90 minutes (including greetings from the team to the audience members).

CREW : 6 performers/guides + 2 stage managers + 1 cultural facilitator for the public

STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 42' / Depth 30' / Height 10’  (18.3m x 10.7m x 3.5m)

SET-UP : 1 day prior to the show 

AUDIENCE SIZE : 6 spectators per show

OUTREACH : Awareness workshops bringing together well sighted people and persons with low vision and vision loss. Transmission workshop to share the Au-delà du visual (Beyond sight) creative methodology with other artists and professionals of the art industry (ideal for art students).

CAMILLE: THE STORY

Revisited version of the immersive and multidimensional show Camille. This new version respects the current health measures and is therefore COVID proof.

Camille : The Story is an interdisciplinary and immersive performance that does not involve the audience’s sense of sight. In this revisited version of the show Camille, the spectator is invited to sit in the set, at the heart of a story about the loss of friendship. After Camille’s departure, Pierre explores  her absence and revisits memories that take shape through movements, odors and sounds. The different tableaux, both realistic and abstract, shed light on Pierre’s journey as he faces the challenge of forging connections with new people. 

 

This unique piece, conceived for and with an audience living with visual impairments offers a new sensory experience of dance and theater.

Welcoming six spectators at a time, in a forthright and sensitive way, Camille creates an intimate space of discovery and encounter. 

 

This multisensory experience, specially developed for an audience living with low vision or vision loss, is accessible to all (12 years old and up). Spectators with vision or partial sight will be asked to wear a blindfold for the entirety of the performance.


Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist Audrey-Anne Bouchard has used her impairment as inspiration for developing a new artistic form. She brings together a reflection on the sensorial experience of the dance performer and spectator, that began during her Master’s (Nice/Brussels), and the development of her practice as director. Camille is the outcome of 3 years or research-creation.

‘’ an experience that is out of the ordinary’’

- Jessie Archambault, AMI télé

Fragments
Fragments

MAI - credit Paul Litherland

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Fragments
Fragments

MAI - credit Paul Litherland

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Fragments
Fragments

photo Francis Nadeau Lussier

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Fragments
Fragments

MAI - credit Paul Litherland

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FRAGMENTS-2022

IMMERSIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE

IN CREATION

 

DIRECTOR AND CO-AUTHOR: Audrey-Anne Bouchard

CO-AUTHOR AND ACTOR: Marc-André Lapointe

CHOREOGRAPHERS AND PERFORMERS: Marijoe Foucher and Laurie-Anne Langis

ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER AND COMPOSER: Joseph Browne

PIANIST AND ASSOCIATE COMPOSER: Vytautas Bucionis Jr. SCENOGRAPHY: Josée Bergeron-Proulx

DURATION : between 45 and 75 minutes

AUDIENCE SIZE : from 12 to 24 spectators

OUTREACH : Awareness workshops for the general public are available. Workshops to teach the method of creation “beyond the visual” available to artists and performing professionals (ideal for performing arts students).

FRAGMENTS

Fragments (working title) is a brand new research-creation project that explores the theme of memory through the construction of a fragmented interdisciplinary narrative. As part of a first phase of work, the team explores memory as a scenographic place. How can the viewer be made to travel within the memory of a character? What is the sound and texture of this place? The artists are currently developing different techniques and qualities of stage presences to transmit dance and theater to a blind audience exploring among other things the sound of the gesture of writing, the amplification and spatialization of sounds and the superposition of narrative frames. Visually impaired pianist and composer Vytautas Bucionis Jr joins the process and brings a new sensitivity to the team’s inclusive approach. The final work will be accessible to blind people as well as partially sighted and sighted people invited to live the experience blindfolded. Artist Audrey-Anne Bouchard is supported by MAI in the creation of this work.

WHERE TO SEE THE SHOWS NEXT

September 17-18-19, 2021, Camille: The story (FR) at Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto, Montreal, QC


November 26 and 27, 2021, Camille: The story (FR) at Salle de diffusion de Parc-Extension, Montreal, QC

December 10 and 11, 2021, Camille: The story (FR) at Théâtre du Grand Sault / Centre culturel et communautaire Henri-Lemieux, Montreal QC

December 17 and 18, 2021, Camille: The story (FR) at Maison de la culture de Verdun - QUAI 5160, Montreal, QC


Note that the health measures related to COVID-19 and implemented by public health are respected throughout the performance. Distancing is maintained and all props are disinfected between each use.