Seven people shut themselves off from the world. They mark the boundary of their new territory with a rope. Trapped with them, various elements clash: an insurrectional essay by the Invisible Committee, the rules of the game of Go, tomatoes, a harpsichord, yellow objects, a camera… and the epic of Prince Simon, the hero of the traditional tale The Sword of Light and Virtue of Wisdom. The story unfolds and folds back on itself, reaching a critical density and dizzying comic proportions. Tomatoes explores the notions of crisis, anonymity, power and confinement, giving rise to an unruly epic opera, in which the first act will be captured by the second.
Ideation and creation: L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres with the complicity of the invited performers
Freely inspired by To Our Friends by The Invisible Committee and the traditional tale The Sword of Light and Virtue of Wisdom. With texts from The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee, Tomates by Nathalie Quintane, The Empire of Red Gold by Jean-Baptiste Malet, Comment sauver le commun du communisme? by Erik Bordeleau.
Performers: Bruno Bouchard, Lysiane Boulva, Gabrielle Bouthillier, Simon Drouin, Simon Elmaleh, Benoit Fortier and Danya Ortmann
Lighting design and video: Philippe Lessard-Drolet
Music: L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres, J.-S. Bach, D. Buxtehude, F. Couperin, G. de Machaut and H. Purcell, with the complicity of the invited performers
Set design L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres
Sound design: Frédéric Auger
Machines: Pascal Robitaille
Photos: Charles-Frédérick Ouellet
Video: Alexandre Berthier
Thanks to Pierre Bouchard, Danielle Boutin, Marisol Drouin, Olaf Gundel, Vivian Labrie, Bernard Langevin and Zoé Laporte.
Project supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Entente de développement culturel MCC-Ville de Québec, Productions Recto Verso and Avatar.