A Co-production of L’Aubergine and Les P’tits Mélomanes du Dimanche
A flea circus comes to the orchestra!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Direttore Maestro and his assistant Presto invite you to the exquisite performance of Circus Opus. Come give a hand for our artists extraordinaire : Barbara the Bearded Flea, Giulietta the Prima Donna and let’s not forget the incredible Swiffer Sisters! Both curious and mischievous, the fleas are setting off on an adventure to discover the fascinating world of instruments and their different sounds. Maestro and Presto will go to great lengths to regain control of their little creatures... Let the show begin!
Original idea and musical conception : Maurice Laforest
Scenario : Véronika Makdissi-Warren, Maurice Laforest, Bertrand Alain et Benoît Lemay
Stage Director : Véronika Makdissi-Warren
Interpretation : Bertrand Alain et Benoît Lemay
Costumes and set design : Huguette Lauzé
5 to 12 years old, family
Actress and stage director Véronika Makdissi-Warren is a graduate of the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec and was trained in violin at the Conservatoire de Musique. A clowning enthusiast, she has created several shows, including Mammouth et Maggie, Moi aussi and King Lear contre-attaque. From 2003 to 2008, the actress travelled the world to act in two Ex Machina creations directed by Robert Lepage: La trilogie des dragons and The Busker’s Opera. She has also directed numerous productions, including Le psychomaton by Anne-Marie Olivier. A member of Théâtre Niveau Parking since 1999, Véronika has participated in a number of its productions, including Lentement la beauté, On achève bien les chevaux, Act of God and Le Dieu du carnage.
Véronika passes on her experience by teaching clowning and theatrical tactics, among other subjects, at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec. Since September 2018, the actress has served as L’Aubergine’s artistic director. A close collaborator of Les P’tits Mélomanes du Dimanche, Véronika Makdissi-Warren created the youth concerts La Mystérieuse Métamorphose de M. et Mme Tacet and Le petit musicien, featuring the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
Having graduated from the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Québec in 1985, Bertrand Alain leads a dual career as an actor and stage director. As an actor, he has participated in more than 50 theatrical productions. From theatrical performances for young audiences to experimental theatre, repertory theatre, summer comedy and musicals, his passion for the stage continues unabated. He has received the Prix Janine-Angers for the Best Performance in a Supporting Role on two occasions.
As a director, he has more than 30 productions to his credit, including Les chaises de Ionesco at the Théâtre de la Bordée, which won him the Prix de l’Association des Critiques de Théâtre, and Molière’s L’Avare, which was also a great success. With his keen ear for music, he has been directing opera at the Atelier Lyrique of the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec since 2006. As a performer, he has been able to combine his passions for acting and singing: he played Mr. Peachum in Bertolt Brecht’s L’Opéra de quat’sous, at the Trident Theatre; he performed in the role of Mr. Laurence in Little Women and he took great joy in performing in Jacques Offenbach’s La vie parisienne at the Opéra de Québec. As a result, he has had the extraordinary experience of being accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
A native of Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, Maurice Laforest first learned piano from his mother. He went on to complete studies at Cégep de Sainte-Foy in Quebec City under the direction of Michèle Royer, and then at Université Laval under Robert Weisz. He also received instruction from such great masters as György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti and Brigitte Engerer. From 1997 to 1999, thanks to a research grant from Fonds FCAR, Maurice continued his training with pianist Robert Leonardy at the Saarbrücken music conservatory in Germany.
Maurice Laforest has given concerts in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France and Quebec. He has also been invited as a soloist to the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire, as well as the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Sainte-Pétronille and the Concerts aux Îles du Bic. Maurice also plays piano and celesta with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
He devotes a significant part of his time to training the next generation, both at the École Préparatoire de Musique Anna-Marie-Globenski and as a lecturer at Université Laval. The pianist is the creator and artistic director of the youth series Les P’tits Mélomanes du Dimanche, one of whose productions was performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2018. In addition, the organization was nominated for the 2015 Prix Opus in the “Production of the Year—Young Audience” category.
Having a background in visual arts from Laval University and a great interest for textile arts, Huguette Lauzé was quickly drawn to scenography.
Huguette is a costume and prop designer for the musical ensemble Strada (La Fanfarnienté della Strada and the Fanfare Monfarleau) and the Théâtre À Tempo (L’Oubliette, Muche truc and Bidule Band). As such, she also worked on several productions at L’Aubergine, namely Burletta, TerZettto and DODÉ, the Farfaelfes animations, and more recently ÖHÉ. She also regularly collaborates with various productions by the École de cirque de Québec (Christmas cabarets and Mâts et Cordages). She took part in Oser rêver and La grande tablée at Cirque du monde. She also made puppets for the tale Le loup et les 7 chevreaux for the Musée de la Civilisation.
She loves handmade felt work, which allows her to create original hats and accessories.
Benoît Lemay started playing music at the tender age of five and first took to the stage at 15 as a circus performer. Through his years of training at the École de Cirque de Québec, he learned juggling, the Chinese pole, the Russian bar, and clowning, disciplines he shared with the public as part of Cirque Éos from 1998 to 2002.
In 1995, he co-founded Les Tourisk, a juggler-unicyclist quartet, with whom he performed around the world until 2014. In 1997, the International Juggling Association awarded Les Tourisk the Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Award in Las Vegas. In 2008, Cirque du Soleil called on the jugglers to be part of a major show specially created to mark Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary. That same year, Benoît co-founded Théâtre A Tempo. La Grande Étude, the company’s first show, has now been presented more than 600 times since its creation. Benoît doesn’t just perform on stage at Théâtre A Tempo—you’ll also find him behind the lighting console, at the wheel driving countless kilometres during tours, at the computer designing the website, with his head in the toolbox trying to make or fix something, or on the phone reassuring technical direction that everything is running smoothly. Just look around and you’ll find him somewhere! Benoît is a man of many hats, yet he still finds time to collaborate with other companies. He has a true passion for theatre and never stops broadening his horizons.
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