« 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
« An exploration of what art is, and of life, without sight. »
- Marissa Groguhé, LA PRESSE
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 establishes 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. Audrey-Anne now pursues her practice with her team. In addition, she is active in the research for accessibility in the arts and participates in various activities: She is part of the MAI conference «Et si on ré-imaginait le monde?» presenting the work of handicapped artists, publishes the article «Visions éblouissantes» in the Belgian publication Nouvelles de danse and acts as a member of the jury on the first grant attributed by the Montreal arts council in support of inclusive practices.
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
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
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 & STAGE HAND
SOUND OPERATION Samuel Boucher
CULTURAL MEDIATION Anne-Sophie Tougas
DURATION : 60 minutes
CREW : 6 performers/guides, 2 stage managers, 1 cultural facilitator for the public
SET-UP : 1 day and a half prior to the show (in evening)
STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 60' / Depth 35' / Height 12' (18.3m x 10.7m x 3.5m)
OUTREACH : - Awareness workshops bringing together well sighted people and persons with low vision and vision loss.
- Transmission workshop to share the «Camille» creative process with other artists and professionals of the art industry (ideal for art students).
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.
« We leave the room sincerely appeased because we have left our eyes out of the equation for an hour, but also with the feeling of being more alert, more balanced, and more complete. »
- Christian St-Pierre, LE DEVOIR
WHERE TO SEE CAMILLE NEXT
Since COVID-19 has affected the entire 20-21 season – Dates will be announced shortly after the cultural field returns to normal.