Amidst the second week since opening their new facility, The Theatre Centre is proud to host the second performance of their season in their new home, with L’Orchestre d’hommes-orchestres’ Cabaret brise-jour. With a series of eight performers, the production is centered on the music of Kurt Weill, the infamous composer who fled from Nazi Germany due to his Jewish background, and targeted criticism from Nazi authorities. While chronicling the music of Weill, Cabaret brise-jour accomplishes more than a simple anarchic performance; it encapsulates an era.
Consisting of eight performers and a melange of instruments, the performance breaks down all boundaries. Since 2002, the group has dedicated their mandate to creating open, multifaceted, and non-disciplinary bodies of work. For the production, the proscenium is immediately broken between the stage and audience allowing for a revived educational experience to occur. Due to its aspects of unconventionality and surprise, this production exceedingly surpasses any expectations.
Reflecting the interwar period, a time of chaos and the unknown, Cabaret brise-jour questions our notion of truth and longing. Audiences are immediately drawn to the unexpected actions and behaviours that the actors continually invoke. With a variety of instruments, designed by Pascal Robitaille and constructed from obscure and unconventional materials, the performance is inherently addictive. Whereas audiences from Weill’s time became the performance, this production provides modern audiences with the ability to become immersed in history and culture.
Every aspect of this production appears as wildly exotic and bizarre; but this is the point. When viewing the performance, you become quick to realize that there is no designated order of being. Not only do the set and costume design help depict the confusing period, they serve as a true compliment to the performance. In addition to the sets and costumes, the lighting design by Philippe Lessard-Drolet parallels the incongruous performance.
While you will leave entertained, the performance undoubtedly leaves you with many questions. You will depart with an educated sense of questioning — a search beyond reality. The beauty of this performance is that there is no targeted audience. Everyone is invited to participate and experience the history, culture, and profound chaos of Cabaret brise-jour.
Cabaret brise-jour is presented by the Theatre Centre and L’Orchestre d’hommes-orchestres at the newly innovated Theatre Centre until March 29th. For tickets ranging from $25-30.00, visit ww.theatrecentre.org or call the box office at 416-538-0988.