The All-Nighter at Place des Arts: nocturnal temptations



    MONTREAL, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - For the fourth year in a row, Place des
Arts is taking part in the closing event of the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival:
the All-Nighter, which takes place overnight between Saturday and Sunday,
March 1 and 2, 2008. With a choice of eight late-night activities, all of them
free, Place des Arts is the place to be for insomniacs. There's even something
for the exceedingly robust folks who can stay awake from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.!
    For one night, the lobbies and rehearsal rooms at Place des Arts will be
handed over to emerging artists. Last year, the All-Nighter at Place des Arts
attracted more than 12,000 night-timers for a lineup of eclectic and electric
programming.

    POPINSOMNIA
    The Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier lobby goes wild for one night! Come and hear
Alfa Rococo, Jérôme inière and Misteur Valaire while sipping a drink in a
friendly atmosphere. Piano nobile, 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    FANTASIA
    Fantasia côté courts presents an international selection of short films
shown during the last edition of Fantasia, chosen by Mitch Davis. DJ XL5's
Kaleidoscopic Zappin' Party brings you short films, animated films and other
entertaining movies. More Celluloid Experiments invites you to enjoy a
dreamlike experience redolent with sound and colour. Théâtre Maisonneuve,
11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    A NIGHT OF IMPROV
    It's 11:30 p.m. on March 1. On the stage of Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, light
bursts forth! The dream-dealers are back for a third consecutive year!
Stéphane Bellavance and friends will use their immense talent and rich
imaginations to expose the inner workings of improvisation. You're invited to
spend 90 absolutely magical minutes with them! Théâtre Jean-Duceppe,
11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    LIVE KARAOKE
    Have you always dreamed of singing at Place des Arts? Now's your
opportunity to perform for an audience, accompanied by real musicians! This
promises to be a friendly night of fun and laughter, emceed by actors David
Savard and Olivier Aubin. Rehearsal room E (entrance via the central security
station), midnight to 4 a.m.

    UNDERWORLD
    The RUBBERBANDANCE GROUP, the Cinquième Salle's artists-in-residence, are
staging a takeover of a rehearsal hall at Place des Arts, where they'll
present a contemporary dance event that's a cross between a show and a festive
gathering, combining excerpts from their repertoire with interactions with the
audience. Rehearsal room D (entrance via the central security station), 1 to
5 a.m.

    VIE ET MORT DU PETIT CHAPERON ROUGE EN 8 MINUTES RALENTIES
    This short but intense show provides a pared-down take on a well-known
tale translated into the theatre of objects. In a world of temptation and
vice, Little Red Riding Hood once again relives her pathetic story. Her
perpetual freshness puts a hungry grin on the Big Bad Wolf's virile jaws. We
all know how the story goes, but this time it happens in the style of creator
Dany Lefrançois. Rehearsal room F (entrance via the central security station),
6 performances: 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight, 1 a.m., 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.

    THE 100 BEST QUEBECOIS SONGS ACCORDING TO SACEF
    At a rate of a dozen per hour, discover the 100 best Québécois songs
according to the Société pour l'avancement de la chanson d'expression
française (SACEF) hit list! The songs will be interspersed with historical
commentary and anecdotes recounted by François Guy and Manuel Brault.
Studio-théâtre, midnight to 3 a.m.

    ALL YOU CAN EAT
    A true observer of the world, visual artist Karine Giboulo draws her
inspiration from her everyday life and from the news to create installations
where innocence, whimsy, colour and a childlike esthetic contrast with the
gravity of some of her scenes. All You Can Eat is a commentary that confronts
the spectator with certain aspects of life in society, such as excessive
consumerism, worker exploitation and the environment. Exhibition on display in
the Hall des Pas perdus.

    Once again this year, Place des Arts is taking part in the programming
for this major cultural event in Montreal. Marie Lavigne, Executive Director
of Place des Arts, is always highly enthusiastic about Place des Arts'
association with this MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival activity: "The All-Nighter
is a fantastic opportunity to open our doors to unconventional productions
that give emerging artists the chance to perform for thousands of Montrealers
who love innovation and original artistic experiences."
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For further information:

For further information: Sophie Labelle, Programming, (514) 285-4378,
slabelle@pda.qc.ca; Source: Astrid Brochu, Communications and Marketing, (514)
285-4390, abrochu@pda.qc.ca


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