Runs from Wednesday February 14 2018 to Saturday February 17 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


BMO Incubator for Live Arts
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× The arrival of more than 40,000 refugees in Canada since 2015 provides the backdrop to this timely work that explores our relationship to our Canadian identity; to our individual identities; and how we relate to "the Other."

In Dis Merci, four neighbours are getting ready to throw a party for a refugee family arriving in Canada. Despite their best intentions to accept the newcomers into their lives with genuine warmth, they quickly veer into prejudice, stereotypes, and dysfunction. Through dance, theatre, knitting, and inflatable objects, this deliciously awkward devised piece cracks opens complex issues around how we treat anyone who deviates from the norm.

Having charmed audiences at home and abroad, one of Montréal’s most disarmingly adventurous companies, Joe Jack et John, make their Toronto premiere with a signature work tackling the realities of the society in which we live with grace, honesty, and dark humour.

Presented in French with English surtitles.

Creation, direction and set design Catherine Bourgeois
Collective writing in collaboration with Pénélope Bourque
Co-creation and performance Marc Barakat, Dany Boudreault, Emma-Kate Guimond and Ally Ntumba
Costume design Amy Keith with the assistance of Zoe Roux
Sound design Éric Forget
Lighting design Audrey-Anne Bouchard
Dramaturg Sara Fauteux
Rehearsal coaching Cédric Descamps

Produced by Joe Jack et John
Curated and presented by Volcano for Progress.

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