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Inspired by the life of Otomo Yoshihide, Otomonogatari tells the story of the unique musical journey of a boy with an uncanny ear and ambitions beyond his age.
Japan. From the end of World War II to the present day. This is the story of Otomo, a little boy growing up in the shadow of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, his teenage years tainted by earthquakes and episodes of Ultraman.
Immersed in an evolving soundscape that is both gentle and comical, we follow our protagonist as he comes of age and develops his musical tastes. Through his discoveries, little Otomo draws us into a truly original world of musical sound. The young man who will one day become one of the boldest musicians of his generation learns about life and searches for the answers to his questions among his musician friends . . . until the terrible 2011 earthquake that changes everything.
Technique: Object Theatre
Running Time: 65 minutes
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The Théâtre de la Petite Marée was founded in 1994 in Bonaventure. It creates and performs shows for family audiences in the Gaspé region and on tour. Its summer theatre productions are both playful and intelligent. Québec playwrights are given pride of place and sometimes the classics are given a new twist. The company’s productions combine shadow and object theatre, puppetry and video projection.
Antoine Laprise was immersed at a very young age in music and puppetry. During his teenage years, he was a passionate theater fan. He graduated from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 1990. He then performed in thirty plays before founding the Théâtre Le Sous-Marin Jaune in 1995, In 1995, under the direction of now legendary Loup bleu that brought us many famous shows (Candide d’après Voltaire, La Bible, Le Discours de la méthode, Les Essais, Kanata, Guerre et Paix. . .). In 1996-1997, Antoine participated in Radio-Canada television series Course Destination Monde. This is when he met Otomo Yoshihide. Otomonogatari – l’Éveil d’une oreille is the result of a six-month residency at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’ studio in Tokyo.
Jacques Laroche completed his studies at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 1993 and has since studied clowning and buffoonery with Philippe Gaulier in London. Jacques is a founding member of the Théâtre Le Sous-Marin Jaune, with whom he regularly travels to French-speaking Europe. An active stage director, he is credited with, among others, the following productions: Deux ans de votre vie (Biches Pensives), Amour et protubérances (Porteuses d’Aromates), Le Nid (Théâtre Qui va là). . . Jacques Laroche is one of the cofounders of the OFFTA and regularly directs plays for the National Theatre School of Canada. He has been at the helm of the Théâtre de la Petite Marée since 2008.
Story, Performance and Stage Direction: Antoine Laprise
Stage and Artistic Direction: Jacques Laroche
Scenography: Katia Talbot
Lighting and Stage Management: Cyril Bussy
Musical Research: Antoine Laprise
Musical Advisor: Martin Tétreault
Technical Direction: Thomas Payette
Props: Pierre-André Bujold, Clémence Dufresne-Deslières, Claudia Gendreau, Renée Henry, Vano Hotton, Monia Routhier, Erica Schmitz and Geneviève Tremblay
A Théâtre de la Petite Marée production