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Théâtre Il Va Sans Dire

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Cabaret Neiges Noires, Il Va Sans Dire's most popular work to date.

Company in Montreal, Quebec, founded by Dominic Champagne in 1984 and initially comprised of students from the CEGEP François-Xavier-Garneau in Ste-Foy.

Its mandate is to find the link between actor and the written word, and toward that end, the works presented are exhaustively researched and workshopped before presentation. It seeks to unite word, music and the grotesque in its creations, and as a result the Company has reached a huge public, including the most elusive one: young spectators.

Among its works have been the seminal Cabaret Neiges Noires (1992), a freewheeling, often vulgar, satirical, funny and hugely entertaining work which lampooned everything from Québécois television to the cult of Martin Luther King Jr. It also premiered Champagne's La Répétition(1990, with subsequent national and international tours), La Cité Interdite (1991) and Lolita (1995). In 1998, the company entered the sanctum sanctorum of Quebec theatre, the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, with a brilliant adaptation of Don Quixote (Don Quichotte), written by Wajdi Mouawad and directed by Champagne. In March, 1999, the company launched L'Asile starring Monique Mercure and in February, 2000, again at TNM L'Odysée..

The creators who have worked with the company represent the cream of the Quebec new wave: Sylvie Drapeau, René Richard Cyr, Marc Labrèche, Jean-Frédéric Messier, Roger La Rue, Céline Bonnier, Lou Arteau, Jean-François Caron.

Commentary by Gaetan Charlebois.

Last updated 2020-08-11