Martin Bellemare

Directed by
Marie-Eve Huot

Assistant director
Marie-Claude D’Orazio

Première cast

In French-language
Maude Desrosiers, Philippe Robert, and Joachim Tanguay

In Spanish-language
Maude Desrosiers, Philippe Racine, and Philippe Robert

Also in the French-language cast
Philippe Racine

Set design and props
Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle

Lighting design
Dominique Gagnon

Larsen Lupin

Elen Ewing

Drama and shadows advisor
Dinaïg Stall

Technical director and stage manager
Nicolas Fortin

Sound and lighting manager
Marie-Claude D’Orazio

A production of Théâtre Ébouriffé,
in collaboration with Le Carrousel theatre company / associate producer,
and in residency at Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil).

In a world in which things often go in twos, SHE is missing a hand, and HE is missing a foot. Both quickly and magically, they correct the situation: he has two feet and she has two hands! Are they playing? Are they imagining? Whatever it is, no sooner said than done: they invent a factory for feet and hands. The first visitors flow in: a DEAF WOMAN, a WOMAN WITHOUT A NOSE, a NORMAL MAN who wants to build up a reserve, a man with a CLUB FOOT, and finally, a MAN WITHOUT ARMS. SHE and HE then think about adapting their factory to the situation. In exchange for their services, SHE and HE receive . . . flowers. Yes! Flowers inside . . . 

Children aged 6+


A Show . . . and an Exhibition

Before the performance, children attending the show will see an exhibition of photographs highlighting the themes of On Hand and Foot. With this first incursion into the world of photography, director Marie-Eve Huot hopes to introduce children to different aesthetics and artistic languages, enabling them to discover how a single theme can trigger a variety of art objects.

Filmmaker and photographer Nicolas Lévesque (In guns we trust) produced the exhibition of original photographs. He made portraits of different people whom he met during his travels through his native region, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. As a humanist photographer, he traveled through towns, villages, and forest, looking for faces, silhouettes, and bodies that are varied, different, unique. The exhibition and the show are in dialogue. The director hopes that this experience will inspire children with the energy to engage on a quest for meaning, a desire to shed light on an often-disconcerting world.

The exhibition On Hand and Foot was awarded a Grand Prix – Photographie at the Concours Lux 2017: les 100 images de l’année au Québec.

“The new production by Théâtre Ébouriffé, On Hand and Foot, is tailor-made to attract both kids six to twelve years old and adults ... From start to finish, the audience interacted a great deal with the many plot twists in the play. On Hand and Foot touched many of the spectators’ sensitive spots.” 
Olivier Dumas,
On Hand and Foot ... is in the category of plays that, in principle, are for children 6 to 12 years old but also resonate significantly with adults. The great art in this script and the direction is its simplicity – the art of saying something without really talking about it. Martin Bellemare’s text is subtle, and both funny and serious at the same time ...The result is a show that is absorbing from beginning to end and that thumbs its nose at the sometimes-cumbersome pedagogy that can weigh down theatre for children.”
Marie-Claire Girard, Huffington Post
“For 40 minutes, characters paraded before us, limbs appeared, and voices rose. There was a superb ballet of hands flitting in the light. Then there were stunning exchanges among the Deaf Ear, the Woman without a Nose, and the Club Foot. You had to see the actors, assisted by the lighting, put the upper and lower parts of their bodies in dialogue. Playful, imaginative, skilfully using shadow theatre and an intriguing soundtrack sprinkled with clicks and clinks, the short scenes were both simple and effective ... When the Man without Arms arrives, the show, infused with Martin Bellemare’s imagination and poetry, takes a more serious turn, addressing the question of social exclusion.”
Christian Saint-Pierre, Revue Jeu

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Photos: Marc-Antoine Zouéki

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