01 March 2020
The 15th annual MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL ANARCHIST THEATRE FESTIVAL Tues, May 19 th 2020 featuring New York’s renowned THE LIVING THEATRE The annual Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (MIATF) – the world’s biggest anarchist theatre festival – celebrates its 15th edition presenting 20 artists from four troupes, including New York’s legendary The Living Theatre, for one night only of provocative, socially engaged, freedom-loving theatre, Tues May 19th La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul St-Laurent, 7pm.
Tickets: $15 at the door or online in advance from:
No reserved seats. Doors open 6:45pm. The four acts are:
• The Living Theatre, performs A Day In The Life of Montreal, May 19, 2020, created by members of the troupe and local Montrealers during a workshop to address important issues for the city. The workshop has been performed over 30 years in the U.S., Europe and South
America. This will be the second ever visit to Montreal of the world-renowned theatre troupe.
The Living Theatre was founded in the late 1940s by anarchists Julien Beck and Judith Malina as a radical experimental company in New York City “to bring about the beautiful non-violent anarchist revolution.” A newer generation has picked up the torch since Malina died in 2015 and are in the transformative process of developing a new theatre methodology. The Living Theatre’s productions have won four Obie Awards: The Connection (1959), The Brig (1963 and 2007), and Frankenstein (1968).
• Pagaie ou meurs, a local troupe of Montreal actors Aurelle Lavandier and Gabrielle Chabot, performs Wild Queer, a live art, documentary theatre, puppet, vegetable, dance, multi-media performance exploring the inter-relation between “eco-feminism, eco-queer and eco-sexuality.”
Like the eco-queer movement, the piece attacks the dominant discourse originating with the patriarchy and anthropocentrism and highlights sexual diversity.
• Laïka Othello, a local actor originally from Haiti, performs a piece written by Montreal born playwright, Princesse Feussouo called Afro Diaspora Blues. It’s a monologue in French inspired by her experiences in the diaspora between the Cameroons, France and Quebec. It describes the complex emotional response of people from the African diaspora, and the pressures from the social-political turbulence that they often find themselves confronted with.
• Norman Nawrocki, a Montreal playwright, actor, producer and author will perform his newest, timely, gripping solo piece about an infamous part of Montreal history: Eviction? Dog’s_Blood!! Nick Zynchuk & Montreal’s 1933 Red Plateau. Nawrocki portrays an unemployed Polish-Ukrainian worker murdered by the police during a mass protest in 1933 to block an eviction in what was then called, ‘The Red Plateau’. 30,000 people attended his funeral. Today’s now trendy Plateau is still the scene of evictions because of speculation and condo conversions.