MONTRÉAL, March 1, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Internationally renowned creator Daniele Finzi Pasca, along with his artistic team, revealed today the initial details of his major immersive show, Montréal Avudo. Designed exclusively for the city's 375th anniversary, this larger-than-life project will be presented free of charge this summer from May 17 to September 2 in the Old Port of Montréal.
Montréal Avudo is a performance inspired by elements of the city's history that superimposes archived images, original documents, illustrations and 3D animation. The grandiose character of Montréal Avudo will be achieved through technical installations that, for the most part, are located on the water, at the Pier 1 basin in Old Montréal.
Water jets from 30 or so fountains will create massive 30-X-11.5-metre screens. The scenography will also include 94 shipping containers, creating the world's highest tower of containers at 11 stories in height. An original music score composed by Maria Bonzanigo and recorded by the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal will accompany this magnificent work.
"Avudo is an invitation to a place where poetry meets technology. Compagnia Finzi Pasca's immense talent immerses us in the memories of our river, whose waters cradle us and call out to the Montréal in us all," said Serge Postigo, Assistant Commissioner for Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
Spectators will be able to explore memories of the river through the water itself and its choreographies. They will be transported by the visual poetry of tableaus representing different eras, seasons and weather conditions thanks to sound effects and juxtaposed images. The performance will pay homage to Montréal's rich past, but also give us a one-of-a-kind glimpse of its future.
Montréal Avudo: a major event that will mark Montréal's collective memory, from May 17 to September 2, 2017, in the west sector of the Old Port of Montréal, near Convoyeurs Pier and the Montréal Science Centre.
To reserve your places, tickets will be available as of March 27 via ticketpro.ca. On show days, a ticket office will also be open on-site from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Group reservations will also be available. For questions regarding reservations, go to ticketpro.ca.
Compagnia Finzi Pasca creative team:
- Daniele Finzi Pasca: cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, author, stage director, producer and lighting co-designer
- Julie Hamelin Finzi: cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca and project creator
- Maria Bonzanigo: cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, musical direction and composition
- Hugo Gargiul: cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca and stage designer
- Antonio Vergamini: cofounder of Compagnia Finzi Pasca and line producer
- Alexis Bowles: production manager and lighting co-designer
- Geneviève Dupéré: artistic director, research and staging assistance
- Marc-André Goyer: project manager
- Roberto Vitalini: video consultant
- Fabio Lecce: sound co-designer
- Gabriel Coutu-Dumont: video design (Silent Partners Studio)
- Davy Galant: musical direction, editing and arrangement
- Laser Quantum: water and laser effects
- Tammy Beauvais: costume design
- Francis Back: historical illustrations
- Orchestre métropolitain
- Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
- Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History
- Port of Montreal
About Compagnia Finzi Pasca
Founded by Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Hugo Gargiulo, Julie Hamelin Finzi and Maria Bonzanigo, Compagnia Finzi Pasca is based in Lugano and Montréal. It boasts five international touring shows, La Verità, Donka, Bianco su Bianco, Icaro and Per Te. In addition to its touring shows, the company's team of artists has produced creative projects in parallel, such as the Vevey Winegrowers Festival in Switzerland in 2019, the closing ceremonies for the Turin and Sochi Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the Sochi Paralympic Games, various operas in London, Toronto, Saint Petersburg and Naples (L'Amour de loin, Aida, Verdi's Requiem, Pagliacci, Carmen), and collaborations with Cirque du Soleil (Corteo, Luzia) and Cirque Éloize's Sky Trilogy (Nomade, Rain, Nebbia). The company's unique aesthetic is reflected in a creative approach and style of directing that is born of a desire to develop artistic projects that broaden the "theatre of the caress," a technique based on the invisible gesture and the state of lightness. It is visible in the particular way the artists conceive a production, the training philosophy for the actors, acrobats, musicians, dancers and technicians, as well as the way spaces are inhabited and memories accessed and nostalgia and emotion are triggered.
About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will highlight Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces to carry out its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage funding, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Government du Canada and the Gouvernement du Québec and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information: 375mtl.com
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