Les matinées berçantes
Exhibition FROM May 12 TO May 28
AXENÉO7 is proud to present a special multimedia production from the French Theatre of the National Arts Centre.
To the strains of a familiar lullaby and the rhythmic creaking of a wooden rocking chair, a baby falls asleep, nestled in loving arms. A gentle, soothing sensation and one of our earliest memories. To recapture that comforting experience, Les Incomplètes created Les matinées berçantes. Laurence P Lafaille, Audrey Marchand and Josiane Bernier set out along the highways and byways of Gascony, Alsace, and the Innu community of Quebec’s Côte-Nord region, gathering traditional lullabies. Three different cultures woven into an ethereal electro-acoustic concert, drawing parents and children into a remarkable, ever-shifting soundscape. Three unique opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and hide out together as a family.
In one of AXENÉO7’s galleries, a grouping of mismatched chairs defines a welcoming space for gathering and sharing, a cozy comfort zone to sit and curl up in. A musician is warming up, surrounded by a fascinating jumble of equipment: a computer, musical instruments, and all kinds of electrical cords and switches are his favourite toys. Meanwhile, parents, infants, big brothers and big sisters are chatting or playing … until they are gradually swept into the musical wave. Like a lullaby, this family outing involves some basic but essential actions: relaxing, looking after each other, surrendering to the images, memories and sensations conjured up by the music. Letting go. And then sharing the experience over a post-show snack. Since the presentation of Édredon at the NAC in 2013, Les Incomplètes have shown that our most intimate rituals can forge our connection to the world.
Conception : Audrey Marchand, Laurence P Lafaille et Josiane Bernier
Stage director : Audrey Marchand et Josiane Bernier
Set Design : Marie Pier Lebeau
Light Design: Philippe Lessard Drolet
Audio performance : Symon Marcoux (Gascogne), Philippe Lessard Drolet (Natashquan), Mériol Lehmann (Alsace)
Production : Les Incomplètes