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Mouvance avec Suzie LeBlanc (Concert visuel)

Quebec Premiere

Mouvance avec Suzie LeBlanc (Concert visuel)

The concert is presented only in theatres.
The short films will be available online from March 22 to 31, 2024.

Mouvance is an exploration of the themes of exile and uprooting in Acadia, carried by the words of Gérald Leblanc, the interpretation of Suzie LeBlanc, the music of composer Jérôme Blais and the images of six short films produced by Renée Blanchar.

This multimedia project offers a profound reflection on exile and uprooting on Acadian soil. Under the eponymous title Mouvance, it is based on Gérald Leblancs poem and contemporary Acadian texts, set to music by Jérôme Blais. First materialized as a show, then as a studio album, it became a series of six short films produced by Renée Blanchar and directed by various Acadian filmmakers.

The entire project will be presented tonight at Théâtre Outremont as a visual concert, offering an immersive and captivating experience into the Acadian soul. For this new version of Mouvance, Suzie LeBlanc will be accompanied by Norman Adams on cello and Pierre-André Doucet on piano, exploring this intimate and profound universe through Acadian poetry and music.

C’est loin — Katrine Noël. Canada. 2024. 4 min. French.
Génocideville — Kevin McIntyre. Canada. 2024. 5 min. French.
Il va sans dire — Denise Bouchard. Canada. 2024. 5 min. French.
La brume— Jerome Luc Paulin. Canada. 2024. 5 min. French.
Nous partirons — Julien Cadieux. Canada. 2024. 7 min. French.
Tu me mouves — Stéphane Lévesque. Pays. 2024. 6 min. French.

mouvance… always further you say… until the end of the world… and the end of the world is blue…

These words, by the Acadian poet Gérald Leblanc are at the basis of the multimedia show that you are about to experience with us tonight. They express the feelings that Suzie and I have been cherishing for a long time and that have led to a very intense artistic collaboration.
Suzie is Acadian, originally from Moncton and currently living in Montreal. I am from Quebec and living in Halifax for nearly fifteen years. Although we migrated within the same country, we both felt detached nonetheless as Canada is such a large and diverse country, linguistically and culturally. We each had the opportunity to reflect extensively on the matter according to our relative experience.
I made this reflection, among others, while writing a piece for voice and bass clarinet in 2009, based on the poem mouvance by Gérald Leblanc. Personally, I think that this long text contains the essence of the Acadian drama: detachment and migration without ever referring to it directly, without suffering nor regrets. I was immediately tempted by the power of those words that make you travel in time and space, by the pictures that they evoke and by their modernism.

Suzie, on the other hand, uses the recording Tout Passe (ATMA 2008) as her guide enabling her to explore the migration (uprooting) of her ancestors through Acadian songs. These migrations include the Great Upheaval (1755), relocation for employment purposes or moving away to find land to clear. It is easier to talk about something when we have experienced it ourselves and Suzie walked hundreds of kilometers in search of songs. On her way, she met women who taught her local songs as well as historian and researcher Georges Arseneault from Prince Edward Island. In 2006, she took this heritage with her on the way to Compostela and she chose the directory of Tout Passe in her wake. My occupation as a professional singer brings me closer to a more nomadic existence and this symbolic and universal exploration of human migration touches me in a very personal way. The sociological, political, economic and artistic climate has always been nourished by migration but today we see an acceleration of these free or imposed movements. At the same time we are also going through a physical and societal mobility that is slowly moving us away from our being and our natural environment.”

In the fall of 2015, Suzie interpreted my musical setting of the poem mouvance in concert in Halifax. From then on we decided to use this as a starting point for the elaboration of a complete show on the universal theme of mobility, migration and uprooting. The words of Sarah Marylou Brideau, Herménégilde Chiasson, France Daigle, Léonard Forest, Céleste Godin, Georgette LeBlanc, Gabriel Robichaud, Serge Patrice Thibodeau and Roméo Savoie were added to Gérald Leblanc’s text.

Our project was given a new dimension with the help of the following people: Phil Comeau who provided us with his marvelous poetry of images. François Racine projected our vision in space and time and Karen Track utilises techniques from here and elsewhere to transform words into objects. Finally the following musicians joined us: Norman Adams, D’Arcy Gray, Jeff Torbert and Eileen Walsh.
We would also like to thank DJ Jonah Haché, lighting designer Vicky Williams and a wonderful group of Fountain School of Performing Arts students.
With mouvance, we invite you to travel with us until the end of the world…

Jérôme Blais, Artistic Co-director

Mouvance or migration has been a theme close to my heart for a long time. As I migratory bird, I fled my province of New-Brunswick at the age of 16 wanting to explore a larger world. After 20 years of touring in Europe as an early music soprano, I launched a few albums of Acadian traditionnal music and began exploring classical contemporary music as well as cultural «métissages » with the ensembles Constantinople and Mélosphère.

An Acadian living in Montreal, I met Québec-born composer Jérôme Blais, who lives in Halifax, during a concert where I sang a piece of his for soprano and bass clarinet called MOUVANCE. After singing this wonderful piece, Jérôme and I continued to talk and those discussions led to the fulll multimedia project described below. It is a deep exploration on the theme of displacement and migration which integrated acadian litterature to Jérôme’s music.

Suzie Leblanc, Soprano
Director Katrine Noël, Kevin McIntyre, Denise Bouchard, Jerome Luc Paulin, Julien Cadieux, Stéphane Lévesque
Production Renée Blanchar

In Partnership with


• Théâtre Outremont
Saturday, march 16, 2024, 07:30 p.m. — 09:00 p.m.

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