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Marilyn Perreault

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Marilyn Perreault
Photo: Andrée-Anne Blouin

After obtaining her degree in theatre (interpretation) from Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, Marilyn Perreault was an actress-acrobat in the productions Mur-Mur, Lili and Faux Départs of DynamO Théâtre, an acrobatic movement theatre company. Co-founder and artistic co-director of Théâtre I.N.K., she played the lead role in the company's first show, Les Apatrides (a production that won the Newcomer of the year award at the Soirée des Masques 2005), after which she had the lead role in the show entitled La cadette. She has also played for other companies, notably in La migration des oiseaux invisibles (Mathieu, François et les autres) and Huit femmes (Productions Jean-Bernard Hébert). Marilyn Perreault also performed as an actress-acrobat and percussionist in the production L'Auguste Kermesse in addition to having authored the texts Les Apatrides, Roche, papier, couteau and Britannicus Now.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Drawing on the inspiration obtained from the circus and from physical and acrobatic acting, Marilyn Perreault has developed introductory courses in visual and movement theatre allowing pre-teens and teens to acquire physical, intellectual, and creative skills through theatrical form combined with dramatic, physical and acrobatic stage performance. This course offers young people the chance to discover and familiarize themselves with a new medium while having the opportunity to create a short piece of their own (so they can test theory and practice).

Presentation of the discipline
Since visual and movement theatre is not well-known in Québec, the first step in the artist's workshop will be to show students an artistic professional performance taken from Les Apatrides by Théâtre I.N.K. on DVD or VHS. By employing this method, the instructor hopes to stimulate the intellectual curiosity and open the minds of students.

Learning the basics: acrobatic movement
Visual and movement theatre requires that students learn a certain "acrobatic vocabulary". This workshop will give participants a knowledge of floor acrobatics, simple "main à main" figures and lifts. Being able to perform these different movements solo, in pairs and in groups, students will learn how to read their partner and understand weight relationships. And with this knowledge they will be able to diversify their movements and invent their own ones by incorporating the material available (chairs, tables, bungees, etc.) to execute the acrobatic movements required.

Organizing acrobatic movements on stage
As with dance, movements should be organized on stage to best express the emotions of the piece. Students learn how to choreograph the acrobatic movements of the performers, be it in a group, in pairs or solo in such a way as to focus the public's attention through the movements of the major and minor players, this being an important rule of physical theatre.

Setting text to acrobatic movement
In groups of two or three, participants are invited to write a short narration of five sentences, centering on a dramatic situation (a break-up between two friends, disobedience to an authority, etc.). Participants will then stage their piece with the movements they have learned or invented. At this point the artist will act as an advisor for writing or staging. The students' short pieces will be presented to the group.

Examples of activities

1. Warm-up exercises:

  • “Tag” games including jumps, choreography, etc.
  • Stretching and physical training to music.

2. In pairs, balancing-pole and counterweight exploration:

  • Participants use their partner's weight to do “main à main” figures or hand stands.
  • Participants are back to back or hold each other by the hand and have to stand up, using only the partner's weight.

3. Learning acrobatic movements alone or in pairs:

  • Forward rolls, judo forward rolls, cart wheels, tripod hand stands, etc.
  • “Main à main” figures in pairs, different hand stands - on sides, on knees or on their partner's feet -, movements in action like a butterfly, two by two, etc.).

4. Attention, concentration and focus exercises (participants learn how to communicate with their partner without words and to determine who is the leader of the movement and to which person the public's focus is directed):

  • In pairs, participants hold a little baton between them with the index finger of their right hand. The artist says who (between partner A or B) leads the movement and makes the other person follow, while keeping the little baton in tension. Participants then do this exercise on their own, focusing their attention on the person who takes the lead.
  • In a group, participants choose three ways of walking and designate a leader who will change his walking step several times, while the other members of the group follow and imitate him. Leadership of the group then passes from one person to the other constantly without naming the new leader (this is a way to explore the elaboration of a choreography).

5. ln pairs or trios, participants write a short narrative (using the pronoun “I” or “we”) and which includes a situation of conflict and two stated emotions.

Special conditions

The workshop may require small exercise mats and a DVD player. The artist’s availability varies according to the period of the year.

For information

Marilyn Perreault
Phone : 514-232-2174
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Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

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