Who we are ?
Where does the word Motus come from? From the Latin to move. Théâtre Motus, a motor of creation and emotions.
We have now entered the company’s teen years with the same audacity at heart the same unknown before us as in the beginning, but, now, with a public who supports us, peers who encourage us and, most of all, our experience to guide our desire.
Founded in 2001, Théâtre Motus creates shows that combine puppeteering, acting techniques, coloured shadow theatre and music, in order to give life to original creations intended for young audiences. Right from the beginning of a project, the artists surround themselves with a team of creative partners who enrich and strengthen their artistic research. The idea is for them to remain open to the various artistic approaches by their peers, integrating the knowledge and striving to move the theatre practice forward.
The company, which tours its shows internationally, has already performed over 1 000 times here, in France, Spain, the United States, Mexico, Mali and Greece. Since its inception, Motus collaborates with venues including, notably, the Théâtre de la Ville, where creation residencies usually spread over two years, also allowing the artists to verify the resonance that the creations have with children. In connection with their research and production work, the artists are always looking to interact with young spectators: from post-performance meetings through specialized workshops, to joint projects in development, every effort is made to encourage connections with young audiences.
Théâtre Motus, a theatre moving quickly and to be followed at a good pace!
Hélène Ducharme is a playwright, director, actress and puppeteer.
The Artistic Director and General Manager of Theatre Motus, she has also written all of the company’s works and directed almost all of them: BellyButton, Tiger By The Tail, Inuussia, the seal-woman, BUBBLES, winter legends for micro-puppets, Baobab, Pour en finir avec … Cyrano, LUNA, in my father’s eyes and Elisapee and the Northern Lights.
Her passion for theatre led her to pursue a complete training (acting, puppeteering, acrobatics, modern dance and mask work). Her B.A. in Education motivated her to work with children through drama and puppetry classes and the supervision of story writing. In parallel, she kept exploring worlds as diverse as acting, staging and writing. In 2001 her passion for young audiences naturally led her to found her own company, Théâtre Motus. Her deep respect for children brought her to develop each of her plays in close collaboration with them. Her artistic curiosity for other cultures leads her to create sensitive plays which are often enriched through her contact with foreign artists. She has also written plays for teenagers and and co-written an animated film with Co Hoderman for the National Film Board of Canada.
She chaired the Board of the Quebec Association of Puppeteers (AQM) from 2008 to 2013. She also sat on the Board of Théâtres Unis Enfance Jeunesse (TUEJ, Quebec theatre for young audience producers’ association), the Artistic Committee of La Maison Théâtre (Montreal) and the Board of Centre des auteurs dramatiques (Quebec’s playwrights’ association). She recently received the Award for artistic creation in Montérégie (her region of Quebec) granted by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (Quebec’s Arts Council).
Nominations and Awards
- On February 18, 2014, Theatre Motus was awarded Quebec Arts Council’s (CALQ) Prize for the best Canada and U.S.A. tour. Baobab was the play on tour.
- Théâtre Motus and Young People’s Theatre won the 2012 Dora Award for an oustanding production for young audiences for the performances of Baobab.
- Pour en finir avec … Cyrano won the 2011 Prix Accès Culture of the City of Montreal.
- Baobab was also awarded the Prix de la critique 2010 (awarded by the Quebec Association of critics) in the Young Audience category.
- Baobab, has been honored with the 2009- 2010 Public’s Award at L’Arrière Scène, a regional presenter dedicated to young audiences, and was then also nominated in three categories.
- As for Baobab, its first exploration project with children was rewarded in 2007 with the Prix Éducation-Culture award at the first Gala de la culture de Longueuil, while its Choeur de baobabs mural project with children in cooperation with Théâtre de la Ville, received the same award in 2009.
- Bulles, was also nominated at the 2009 Gala, in the creation – performing arts category.
- Innussia, the seal woman was nominated for two Masque awards at the Soirée des Masques 2007 gala.
- At the Bourse RIDEAU 2004 event, Tiger by the tail won the first Cirque du Soleil award for the boldness, originality and quality of an artistic project by emerging professionals.
- BellyButton, the company’s first production, was nominated three times at the Soirée des masques 2004, including as the newcomer of the year.