April 21, 2016

Art and horror

A prelude to the world premiere of The Trials of Patricia Isasa

Thursday May 12, 2016, 5 PM to 7 PM at the Café of the Monument-National | Montréal, Canada
Free admission based on the seats available

Montréal, Thursday, April 21, 2016 — Chants Libres, the lyric creation company, is presenting a public discussion as a prelude to the world premiere of its new opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa which will be performed May 19-20-21 2016 at the Monument-National (Montréal). Organized in collaboration with Amnistie internationale Canada francophone, the discussion, called Art and Horror, will be held on Thursday May 12th, 2016 at 5 PM at the Café of the Monument-National, in the Quartier des spectacles in Montréal.

How do you represent horror as art? How do you reconcile pleasure, beauty, aesthetics — notions generally related to art — with the unimaginable suffering imposed by some human beings on others? Are there limits to artistic representation? Are there risks for the creative artists? How do people who have lived these horrors experience the creation of such a production?

The discussion will be moderated by the filmmaker Patricio Henriquez (winner of the Gala du Cinéma québécois prize for best full feature documentary: Ouïghour, prisonniers de l’abasurde. )

The event will bring together Patricia Isasa, an Argentinean human rights activist whose story inspired the opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa; Kristin Norderval, the composer and lead singer; Pauline Vaillancourt, the stage director and Artistic and General Director of Chants Libres; as well as Gilles Sabourin, an activist with Amnistie internationale Canada francophone.

For this occasion, the visual artist Dominique Blain, who is creating her first ever set design for this production of the The Trials of Patricia Isasa, will present Émergence (2015), a video installation which she created specifically for Le Mois de la photo in Montréal.

Practical information

  • Public Discussion ART AND HORROR
  • Thursday May 12th, 2016, 5 PM to 7 PM | Café of the Monument-National
  • 1182, Saint-Laurent, Montréal | 514-871-2224
  • In English and French
  • Length of the discussion: 90 minutes, followed by questions from the audience
  • Free admission, based on the seats available
  • Facebook page
  • Discussion organized in collaboration with Amnesty International
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