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En avant, marche!

A riotous and poignant take on amateur musical groups from Alain Platel, Frank Van Laecke, and Steven Prengels

June 21 – 24, 2017

Loud Noises

   

Loud, abrupt noises will occur throughout the performance.

Audio Description

   

The June 24 performance will feature Audio Description. MORE INFO >

Subtitles

   

Performed in English, French, Italian, and German with some English surtitles.

Estimated Run Time:
1 hr 40 min, no intermission
1 hr 40 min, no intermission
GOVERNMENT PARTNER

Canada Council for the Arts

North American Premiere

★★★★ Poignant, funny and outrageous dance theatre, as entertaining as it is life affirming
– THE STAGE

A hit at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, this genre-defying tragicomedy from Belgium’s Alain Platel, Artistic Director of les ballets C de la B, one of the most influential performing arts companies in Europe, co-director Frank Van Laecke, and composer and music director Steven Prengels, fuses live music, dance, theatre, opera, and comedy. Four actors and seven musicians are joined on stage by Toronto’s Weston Silver Band, playing marching band classics along with 19th and 20th century pieces ranging from Verdi to Beethoven and Schubert to Mahler. It’s a true celebration of the power of making music together. 

A trombone player, no longer able to play his instrument due to illness, is demoted to playing the cymbals. Throughout band practice, our larger-than-life protagonist — personified by renowned Flemish actor and singer Wim Opbrouck — terrorizes fellow band members, confides in the audience, sings arias and dances an unlikely ballet duet, all with exuberance and a riotous slapstick edge.

More
A NTGent and les ballets C de la B production in collaboration with VLAMO; distributed by Frans Brood Productions; with the support of City of Ghent, Province East Flanders and the Flemish authorities

Reviews

“Exuberant story of love, thwarted ambition and youth”
– Toronto.com
“An existential clown show and its music, its dance and its theatre rage against the dying of the light.”
– The Globe and Mail
“Wonderfully entertaining… ricochets joyously from one feeling to another…the performers are uniformly excellent”
– Mooneyontheatre.com

Artists

 - Weston Silver Band
Weston Silver Band
 - Weston Silver Band
Weston Silver Band
“One of the Nation’s leading Brass (Bands)” – Brass Herald Magazine
“Last evening's performance was beautiful… what an incredible way to end our season!!” – Lakefield Concert Association
“Weston Silver is Golden” – York Guardian, 2015
“an ensemble on the top of its game” – Orillia Concert Association
 

Creative Team

DIRECTED BY
Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel

COMPOSER & MUSIC DIRECTOR
Steven Prengels

DRAMATURGY
Koen Haagdorens

SOUNDSCAPE
KMV De Leiezonen directed by Diederik De Roeck

DIRECTION ASSISTANT
Steve De Schepper, Katelijne Laevens

LIGHT DESIGN
Carlo Bourguignon

SOUND DESIGN
Bartold Uyttersprot

SET DESIGN
Luc Goedertier

COSTUME DESIGN
Marie ‘Costume’ Lauwers

COSTUMES AND SET REALIZED BY
atelier NTGent

STAGE MANAGER
Wim Van de Capelle

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Marieke Cardinaels, Valerie Desmet

TOUR MANAGER
Steve De Schepper
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY
Chris Thys, Griet Debacker, Hendrik Lebon, Wim Opbrouck, Gregory Van Seghbroeck (bastuba), Jan D’Haene (trumpet), Jonas Van Hoeydonck (trumpet), Lies Vandeburie (bugle), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Simon Hueting (horn), Witse Lemmens (drums), Steven Prengels (conductor) and Toronto’s Weston Silver Band

Dig Deeper

Audio Described performance of En avant, marche!

June 24, 8 pm

The June 24 performance will feature Audio Description for patrons who are blind or have vision loss. Trained audio describers will communicate key actions on stage (entrances, exits and visual clues) over special headsets that can be reserved from the theatre. The feed enters into only one ear so that the listener can still clearly hear the sounds coming from the stage and the audience. Audio Description will be provided by Rebecca Singh of Live Describe.

How to book your Audio Described performance
  1. Buy your tickets to June 24 performance online or by phone at 416 368 4849. Box Office Call Centre Hours >
  2. After you buy your tickets, email sbarber@luminato.com or call us at 416 368 3100 x 254 to reserve a receiver and earpiece. Audio receivers must be reserved in advance to ensure availability.