Québec, Canada, 2022-09-07
For the past 7 years, Quebec City has hosted the walking theatre, “where you go when you sleep walk”, presented by the Carrefour international de théâtre, which is a journey that leads visitors on a discovery of several paintings created by artists from various specialties. Approximately 70,000 people converged towards Parc des Moulins in 2022 to discover, among other things, the Déracinements painting by creator Lorraine Côté, and architect Étienne Bernier from the firm Agence Spatiale.
Installed on the site of the recently destroyed Indo-Australian greenhouse, a large wire mesh structure shelters groups of individuals from all eras, from fur traders to climate refugees, who are constantly uprooted. Illuminated, the greenhouse-inspired structure is reminiscent of a zoo’s animals, who have also been uprooted from their environments. As the actors perform, the wire mesh arches take on a vaporous, ghostly look thanks to lighting effects. Sometimes warm, sometimes cold, the luminous tones accentuate the sense of urgency or serenity felt during the performance, allowing the structure to evolve at the same pace.
This large-scale project is unusual in that it is entirely hand-made, and its construction costs are low due to the use of modest materials. Designed to serve the artwork presented, the concept takes on its full meaning when illuminated, and comes to life when inhabited. This colossal set allowed the artists, as well as the spectators, to immerse themselves in an almost spectral world.
Where: Parc des Moulins, 8191 Av. du Zoo,
Québec, QC G1G 6T8
Client: Carrefour international de théâtre
Design: Étienne Bernier and Lorraine Côté
Props design: Marianne Lebel
Costume design: Marilou Bois
Sound design: Stéphane Caron
Lighting design: Laurent Routhier
Set design assistance: Estelle Bernier, Julie Chabot Bergeron, Henri-Louis Chalem, Marianne Charbonneau, Alex Clavet, Émilie Manon Cormier, Marie-Laurence Denis, Audrey Dugas, Jérome Duval, Gabriel Godin, Mathieu Gotti, Eulalie Lecoq, Todd Picard
Costume design assistance: Aube Forest-Dion, Jo Leblanc, Héloïse Pilon
Lighting assistance: Elliot Gaudreau and Maude Groleau
Stage Manager: Laurence Croteau-Langevin
Dresser: Marilou Bois
Performers: Thomas Boudreault-Côté, Nicola Boulanger, Vincent Champoux, Lauriane Charbonneau, Laurent Fecteau-Nadeau, Gabriel Fournier, Margo Ganassa, Amélie Laprise, Silviu Vincent Legault, Angélique Patterson, Annabelle Pelletier-Legros, Guillaume Pepin, Maxime Perron, Maureen Roberge, Mathieu Turcotte
Suppliers: Fence wire
Project end date: Mai 2022
Photographer: Stéphane Bourgeois et Dave Tremblay
About Agence Spatiale
Agence Spatiale is an independent design firm based in Quebec City that combines the spatial disciplines of architecture, art, interior design, urban design, brand design, and furniture design. Habits and design evolve, but memories remain. This is the postulate that inspires the team. Agence Spatiale offers an inclusive approach designed to provide a wide range of expertise that focuses on the human experience.
Founded in 2011 by Étienne Bernier, the firm’s multi-talented team is comprised of architects, interior designers, industrial designers, graphic designers, technologists, brand strategists, 3D designers, and several related artists, depending on the needs of each project. Mr. Bernier is assisted by Marianne Charbonneau and Yannick Badeau, both associate architects.
The design firm’s mission: to shape space and distort time by bringing together a team that dares to dream the impossible dream – a process deliberately focused on pleasure.
For more information: etiennebernierarchitecte.ca/
- Agence Spatiale
- Eulalie Lecoq, account director