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Bonheur Biochimique (Biochemical Happiness)

2010. Co-creation and performance: Mélanie Binette, Catherine Dumas, Nadia Girard, Roxanne Robillard and Guillaume Thériault. Directed by: Mélanie Binette. Lighting: Marlène Poulin. Sound: Bernard Adams and Jean-François Demers. Spatial advisor: Patrick Ma. Video: Marlène Poulin

Four female characters are taking refuge in public restrooms to read love novels. This performance was first presented in Marché Bonsecours’ public restrooms, then curated by Art Souterrain for the Nuit Blanche, and was also presented at Complexe Guy-Descary for the Festival de Théâtre de Rue de Lachine. The performance explores the literature of female desires in a site that blurs the boundaries between public and private spaces. The public restrooms, as well as the audience members who wandered freely across this confined environment, became witnesses of the furtive conversations, interrupted confessions and unavowed voyeurism occurring in this both intimate and shared space.

Here is a link to a theatre review by David Lefebvre for Mon Théâtre.qc.ca (in French)

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