Festival TransAmériques | Old Port of Montréal

Festival TransAmériques

At the Clock Tower Beach






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This festival of contemporary creation dedicated to dance and theater will be at the Clock Tower Beach for the reading of the text "La conquête du béluga", on June 3, 4 and 5.

At dawn or at sunset, five members of parliament address a crowd on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. They talk about fishing rights, the economy, protecting marine species. Their powerful, direct voices mix with the captivating sounds of the marine mammals at the heart of the debate. Originally created for the quay in Carleton-sur-Mer on Chaleur Bay by Théâtre À tour de rôle, this theatrical reading delivered by performers from the Gaspé Peninsula is going on the road for a meeting with the St. Lawrence. It’s a spectacular epic combining geopolitics and poetry.

A masterfully crafted work by multidisciplinary artist Maryse Goudreau, La conquête du béluga features selected transcripts from 150 years of debates about belugas in Canada’s House of Commons. While conveying the unedited words of ministers and deputies, Goudreau chooses to show, among others, the influence of female politicians and subtly introduces the Inuit’s essential perspective on our relationship with these fascinating animals. It’s a poignant reflection on our connection to living things.

    • Friday, June 3: 8:00 am

    • Saturday, June 4: 7:00 p.m.

    • Sunday, June 5: 7:00 p.m.