From 1985 to 2000, Marie Brassard’s career was closely linked to that of Robert Lepage, both in theater and in film. In 2001, she created her first solo work, Jimmy, créature de rêve,
presented at the Festival de théâtre des Amériques.
The play’s strong success inspired her to launch a solo career and establish her own production company, Infrarouge, of which she is artistic director. Since then, she has written, directed, and
performed the following works: La noirceur (2003), Peepshow (2005), The Glass Eye (2007), L’invisible (2008), and Moi qui me parle à moi-même dans le
futur (2010). In these plays, Marie continued to experiment with technology, exploring the uses of sound and light, and her particular approach has made her stand out as a singular voice in
Since then, in collaboration with guest artists from different disciplines and origins, the artist
has created surrealist pieces with virtuoso acting skills and innovative video, light, and sound installations. Her unique work, performed both in English and French, received widespread
acclaim in many cities across America, Europe, and Australia. She is the artistic director of both production companies Infrarouge and Ultraviolet.
Marie Brassard collaborated to the dramaturgy and direction of The Same Eyes as Yours and Night Mechanics.
Writer, theatre director, actor/dancer, and dance dramaturge, Mathieu Leroux is a graduate of L'École Supérieure de théâtre of UQAM (performance profile). He co-founded Les Néos, writing and
performing some 100 short plays in five years, while also being artistic director of this theatre collective. He created the solo work (La naissance de Superman), and a group piece
(Scrap). Mathieu was part of the impressive cast in the cycle, Les Atrides, after co-signing the adaptation of the six-part greek tragedy with director Louis-Karl Tremblay. More
recently, he acted as dramaturge on the tanzmainz production Twist for Mainz’s Staatstheater, performed in Michelle Parent’s play Le sixième sens at Théâtre-Denise-Pelletier; created and
performed the dance duet Bones & Wires with Sébastien Provencher at Tangente (May 2021). He his part of the Danse à la carte mentoring team and is the editor of L’instant même’s
theatre collection. Leroux earned his master’s degree in French literature at l'Université de Montréal (2011).
Mathieu Leroux acted as dramaturg on the duet Only You.
Last Ex is the new instrumental rock ensemble led by Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield, both longtime fixtures of experimental/punk scenes rooted in the cross-province axis of
Hull/Ottawa/Montreal (straddling the border of Quebec and Ontario, respectively). In addition to duties in various groups orbiting Fairfield's E-Tron Records (including H. de Heutz, Ferriswheel
and many others), the two are perhaps best known as core members of haunted blues-folk ensemble Timber Timbre, which spawned the Last Ex project.
Last Ex collaborated to the music of Night Mechanics.
Olivier Fairfield collaborated to the music of Counter Cantor and created the score of Only You.
Frédéric Auger is involved in the creation of a living sound material, played live. His recent activities have concentrated on integrating sound environments in performative contexts,
using sampling, duplication, dynamic treatment and the spatialization of acoustic objects and bodies. He focuses on integrating his practice and research to the creative and experimental
process of the artists with whom he collaborates. Among other artistic associations, he works as sound designer for the Orchestre d’hommes-orchestres, the Bureau de l’APA,
Rude Ingénierie Theater, the documentary theater company Porte Parole, Infrarouge/Marie Brassard, La Nef/Claire Gignac. He worked as a sound enginneer with Sibyllines/Brigitte Haentjens, Akousma
festival, Elektra festival, Ex Machina/Robert Lepage. He worked as chief sound engineer at Usine C, centre de création et de diffusion pluridisciplinaire, from 2005 to 2011. He
presently teaches sound engineering at École nationale de théâtre du Canada.
Frédéric Auger collaborated to the music of Night Mechanics.
Njo Kong Kie is a composer for dance, opera, and theater. His works include music for the play Infinity by Hannah Moscovitch and the music theater work Mr. Shi and His Lover
(with Wong Teng Chi), the first ever Chinese language production at Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre. Long-serving music director of La La La Human Steps, Kong Kie has also worked
with choreographers Anne Plamondon, Aszure Barton, Shawn Hounsell, and others, providing original music to their productions for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet National de
L’Opéra du Rhin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Singapore Dance Theatre, and Ballet BC.
More at www.musicpicnic.com.
Njo Kong Kie collaborated to the music of The Same Eyes as Yours and Night Mechanics.
Garth Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based film composer and double bassist. In the past four years, Garth has released two full-length solo albums, informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old
double bass to the woods, the beach, and the desert. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute homage to a recent life-changing trip to
Antarctica. Stevenson composed the original scores to Chappaquiddick, Tracks, Ten Thousand Saints, The
Red Knot, Tater Tot and Patton, Resilience, Seed: The Untold Story, A Fierce Green Fire, The Young Lakota, Elon +
Emmanuelle, On Meditation, and L’Aubade. In 2008, Stevenson was awarded with the International Society of Bassists composition competition first prize for his innovative
piece “Grandfather: for double bass and electronics” and subsequently served as a judge for the competition in 2010. Stevenson is a founding member of 5707, the ambient duo with
guitarist Ryan Ferreira and TAQ, a Polish piano trio with Marcin Masecki and Ziv Ravitz. As a freelance bassist he has recorded on over 50 albums and has performed with John Shannon, the Crash
Test Dummies, Fitz and the Tantrums, Annie and the Beekeepers, and Lucy Wainwright.
Garth Stevenson collaborated to the music of The Same Eyes as Yours.
Marie-Audrey Jacques holds a bachelor's degree in scenography (ÉST-UQÀM) since 2014. Mainly a costume designer, she has worked on more than thirty projects with La Fabrik, Éric Jean, Julien
Blais, Anne Plamondon, Pénélope Deraîche-Dallaire, Amélie Dallaire, Émile Pineault, Gaétan Paré and Claire Renaud. In order to deepen her knowledge in the field of costume, she also assists
Véronique Borboën and Linda Brunelle since 2016. Her artistic approach questions, through forms and materials, the symbols related to the visual construction of the feminine-masculine identity in
history, as well as the relationship between the body, clothing, the object and movement.
Marie-Audrey Jacques created the costumes for The Way that Leads.
Marilène Bastien works as a costume and set designer in theater, circus and dance. In 2006, she joins Marie Chouinard Cie as a stage manager. For 6 years, she travels the world with a dozen
pieces from the company's repertoire. She also collaborates with Ginette Laurin for the costumes and sets of Le sacre du printemps (CCN – Ballet de Lorraine and Opéra National
de Lorraine, 2011), Khaos (O Vertigo, 2012) and for the costumes of Soif (O Vertigo, 2014). Her passion for dance bring her to more artistic
encounters: Louise Bédard, Chantal Caron (73˚ nord), Victor Quijada (Enter woven, for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) and Manuel Roque (Ne meurs pas tout de
suite, on nous regarde and Data). Since 2012, Marilène joins each year the creative team of the festival Montréal Complètement Cirque, designing
costumes for some 40 artists, acrobats and dancers, under the direction of Anthony Venisse. In 2015, she designs the costumes of circus
shows Ruelle (Jeff Hall) and Hommage à Beau Dommage (Cirque du Soleil). In theater, works alongside directors Kristian Frédric, Bernard Meney, Jacques
Rossi and Sabrina Reeves.
Marilène Bastien created the costumes for Night Mechanics and the duet Only You.
Julie Charland is a Montreal visual artist who works as a costume designer, stylist, and art illustrator. She was noticed for her surprising and singular costume creations alongside director
Brigitte Haentjens, with whom she has been collaborating for 20 years. Starting in 2017, she created some forty illustrations for the French Theater seasons at the National Arts Center in Ottawa.
Her recent collaborations include, for theater, In the Solitude of the Coton Fields by B-M Koltès, for cinema, Ravenous by Robin Aubert, for humor, Préfère novembre
by Louis-José Houde, and for the music scene, Rêves américains by Thomas Hellman.
Julie Charland created the costume of The Same Eyes as Yours.
Yan Lee Chan, based in Montreal, has been designing lighting for contemporary dance and theater for more than 15 years. He collaborated with many choreographers and companies in Canada, including
Marie Chouinard, Denise Filiatrault, Théâtre Momentum, Paula de Vasconcelos, Sylvie Moreau, Hélène Langevin, Marc Boivin, Lin Snelling, Andrew Harwood, Nicole Mion, Stéphane Gladyszewski,
and Victor Quijada (RUBBERBANDance). In 2017, Yan Lee Chan designed the lighting of the newest creation, Réversible, of the circus company Les 7 doigts de la main.
Yan Lee Chan designed the lighting and worked as technical director on The Same Eyes as Yours and Night Mechanics.
Nicolas Descôteaux designed the lighting of the duet Only You.
Anick La Bissonière approaches the theater stage not as a site for sets but as a space for creative investment. Since 1993, she has designed sets for more than fifty shows, working with Omnibus
and Carbone 14 as well as the Cirque du Soleil. In 1999, she joined forces with Brigitte Haentjens on shows attesting to this creative duo’s artistic complicity. Prior to being appointed to
UQAM’s École Supérieure de théâtre in 2010, she was an invited professor at the University of Montreal, teaching in the Master of Architecture program. Finalist for the prestigious
Siminovitch prize in both 2006 and 2009, Anick was among the international elite honoured at the 40th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She was also awarded the Siminovitch
prize in 2015.
Anick La Bissonnière created the scenography of The Same Eyes as Yours.
Antonin Sorel, an artist and self-taught designer, was born in Montreal in 1971. Between 2001 and 2009, he works with collective KEZACO INC., a company specializing in the design
of objects and spaces, as well as the organization of on-location events. Since 2009, he works under the brand Antonin Sorel Design to create urban furniture and design, both
public and private. His most recent realizations include the interior design of Foxy Restaurant (with Eric Filteau and his team from MO Design Workshop & Architecture), as well as the
design of fashion store Les Étoffes. He also works in theater and cinema, assuming the role of artistic director on movie productions by Karim Hussein, Vanya Rose and Sophie Deraspe. In
theater, he designs the scenography for a number of shows created by actor, author and director Marie Brassard, among which The Glass Eye, La Fureur de
ce que je pense and Dissidences, alumni project of l’École régionale des acteurs de Cannes.
Antonin Sorel created the scenography of Night Mechanics.
Born in Mexico City, Paco started his career in classical dance at the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, which developed in him an early interest for a greater body awareness, bringing him to
discover different ways of training such as Rubberband method, Gaga, Yoga, Feldenkrais and meditation. Since 2015, he has been a dancer with RUBBERBAND, under the direction of Victor Quijada, and
has toured with the company in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany and Poland. In 2014 he founded the multidisciplinary lab Quantum Collective, which was presented twice by Tangente in
Montreal. Paco has worked with other Montreal based artists and companies like PPS Danse, Anne Plamondon, Martin Messier, Je suis Julio and independent choreographers, he has been a guest teacher
at Springboard Danse Montreal, Domaine Forget and Danse a la Carte.
Paco Ziel is the choreographer's assistant for The Way that Leads.
Alisia Pobega was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and completed her dance training in Montréal at L'École Supérieure de ballet du Québec. In 2000, Alisia joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens where she
danced for over 12 years. There, she danced in ballets by numerous international choreographers and rose to the rank of soloist. She is currently dancing as an independent artist and works
closely with choreographers Jane Mappin, Andrew Skeels and Kvarcakova-Galdeano and is a member of The Legacy Project, directed by Margie Gillis. Alisia also teaches classical ballet and
contemporary dance for established institutions such as Danse à la Carte, Les Studios, l’École Supérieure de ballet du Québec, L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM) and Springboard
Danse Montréal. Most recently, she spends time in the studio as rehearsal-mistress, rehearsing pieces for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Cas Public, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM) and Anne
Plamondon Productions. Along with her husband Louis-Martin Charest, she now shares the artistic directorship of the dance/film company LIBERAMÆ performance & films. They have also developed
and teach a series of workshops: Presence and Interpretation Method For Dancers.
Alisia Pobega is the choreographer's assistant for Only You.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Canadian choreographer Shawn Hounsell danced professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal between 1989 and 2003. An
award winning choreographer, Shawn has created and staged pieces for numerous Canadian companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Les Ballets Jazz de
Montreal, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Kelowna, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, and Festival Dance Company. In addition, his works have been performed by American companies such as Ballet Pacifica
and Collage Dance Collective as well as in Europe by the Ballet of the National Theatre of Prague. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Hounsell also served as Rehearsal Director with LaLaLa Human Steps for
the world tour of Amjad. Equally a freelance teacher and coach, Mr. Hounsell currently resides in Montreal, Quebec.
Shawn Hounsell works with Anne as rehearsal director since 2017.