Mr. Walter lives his life alone in his little apartment.
As soon as he wakes up, Ms. Weather Reporter announces his mood for the day:
sunny, grey, or dark and stormy.
One day, there’s dead silence.
Walter is disoriented.
What if this sudden stop inflames the world around him?
His vision is distorted: objects come to life and revolt!
Is this a surrealist nightmare or does he simply have his head in the clouds?
In this world where anything can happen, he can finally dream,
let his imagination run wild...
Unexpectedly, Walter even meets his Alter Ego!
Original idea and Director : Véronika MAKDISSI-WARREN
Assistant Director : Mélissa BOUCHARD
Interpretation : Benoît LEMAY et Mylène G. LEMIEUX
Set Desing and Lighting : Christian FONTAINE
Costumes : Huguette LAUZÉ
Original music : Marc VALLÉE
Juggling consultant : Yohann TRÉPANIER
5-12 years, school and Family show
4 people touring
Auditorium max: 400
Gym max : 300
Set up : 4 h
Strike : 2h
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.
Assistant Set Designer
Writer and director Melissa Bouchard graduated from the Directing and Creation program at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec. With the completion of a master of arts degree in Performing and Screen Arts in 2014, she presented her creation Les frères Velivolum, a multidisciplinary production inspired by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Focusing her work on multidisciplinarity and gestural theatre, she co-founded the Théâtre de la Bacaisse in 2014 and became its artistic director.
In addition to writing the scripts and directing the company’s shows, in 2017 she brought a new concept to life with mobile theatrical shows in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. In 2019 and 2020, she served as an assistant director to Michel Nadeau, Véronika Makdissi-Warren, and Maryse Lapierre. In 2020, she directed Nom d’une botte!, a gumboot theatre-dance show for young audiences produced by Les Malchaussées, Beethoven à Québec by P’tits mélomanes de Québec, and Sous l’eau by Théâtre du Gros Mécano, in addition to creating Pop-Up Fest, a travelling street performance show in Quebec City.
Set Design and Lighting
Christian Fontaine completed his studies in set design at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 1987. Since then, he has worked on over a hundred shows with multiple companies as a set and lighting designer, including designing the set and lighting for L’Aubergine’s production Gaspashow in 1993. In recent years, he has designed, among others, the set for Waiting for Godot (Théâtre de La Bordée), for which he won the Prix Jacques-Pelletier, War and Peace (Théâtre du Sous-Marin Jaune), and Les Misérables (Le Capitole). Most recently, he was the assistant set designer for the production Quills (Ex Machina).
He has been teaching set design at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec since 2009.
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.
After 10 years of gymnastics and dance, Mylène joined the École de Cirque de Québec in 1997 where she quickly specialized in the aerial disciplines. Among the first cohort of graduates from the Sports-Arts-Study program in Circus at the École Cardinal-Roy, she continued down her career path and worked with the company Cirque Eos until 2002. She then travelled the world through events and companies as an independent artist, all while continuing to teach the circus arts.
In 2008, she joined the Cirque du Soleil show Varekai and toured with the production until 2013. Since then, she has split her time between different arts-related projects.
Marc Vallée has composed music for nearly 50 plays, as well as music for short and feature films, animated films, corporate videos, TV commercials, websites, and radio and TV show themes.
As a guitarist, he has accompanied and toured across Europe and Asia with numerous Quebec and European artists, including Daniel Lavoie, Luc de Larochellière, Julos Beaucarne, Maurane, Anne Sylvestre, Claire Pelletier, and Steve Barakatt. In 2012, he received the Prix Bernard-Bonnier for his music for the play Endgame by Samuel Beckett, directed by Lorraine Côté. In 2020, he composed the music for a series of podcasts for the First Nations Book Fair. Marc Vallée is one of L’Aubergine’s loyal collaborators: Walter Ego is his seventh production with the company.
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