« 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, Creator
© 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 creator working in the performing arts. Audrey-Anne’s current project seeks to create an immersive experience that circumvents the sense of sight, and thereby becomes accessible to visually-impaired spectators. Titled Beyond Sight, this inventive, multi-phase project (the artist’s first such creation) brings together, in a collective creation process, a large team of collaborators including dancers-choreographers, stage and sound designers, actor and playwright, around a single challenge: to tell a story through dance and theatre beyond their visual dimension, by the elaboration of new atmospheres and through a close interaction amongst the performer and the spectator.
**Accessible to people living with a visual impairment
CAMILLE : BEYOND SIGHT
AN IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE CONCEIVED & PRODUCED BY
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 & STAGE HAND Étienne Mongrain-Vaillancourt
SOUND OPERATOR 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 prior to the show
STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 60' / Depth 35' / Height 12'
OUTREACH : Awareness workshops bringing together well sighted, partial-sighted and blind people.
Workshop to share the «Beyond Sight» creation method to other artists and other professionals of the art industry (ideal for art students).
CAMILLE : BEYOND SIGHT
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 discovers her absence and revisits memories that take shape through a series of textures, movements and sounds. 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 fosters 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 dance, that begun or developed 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 completely soothed, especially because during a whole hour, we have kept our eyes out of the equation, but also having the feeling of being more aware, balanced and complete »
Christian St-Pierre, LE DEVOIR
WHERE TO SEE CAMILLE :
BEYOND SIGHT NEXT
presented at the MAI (montréal, arts interculturels)
From September 4th to 22nd 2019