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It's summer at night. It's hot, very hot. It smells like burnt toast, or like the end of the world, depending. The sky is orange, the air full of smoke. Forest fires occupy a large part

of the territory...

Sanctuary for simple souls is a production written and directed by Motus co-artistic director Mathilde Addy-Laird. The project involves Quebec artists from a variety of practices and backgrounds, with the aim of creating a show that can be presented in theatres for a capacity of around 250 spectators as early as the 2025-2026 season.

We are looking for partners for technical residencies in 2024 and 2025, as well as presenting partners for the 2025-2026 season and beyond.

The story

Aimed at 12-17 year-olds, the Sanctuary for simple souls uses the poetry of miniature puppetry, shadow, illusion and video (live and recorded) to tell the story of a teenage girl's philosophical quest. Suffering from extreme loneliness and unsure of how to find answers to her existential questions, this young woman encounters an eccentric, queer character. This surprising oracle will help her understand how friendship and trust can lead us back to the light. The action takes place in a magical sanctuary, a surprising space between a cemetery and a museum of extraordinary souls, where the stories of the dead become revelatory for the living.

Written and directed by Mathilde Addy-Laird

Assistant director and production manager: Danaëlle Ducharme-Massé 

Puppets: Marie-Claude Labrecque
Lighting: Valérie Bourque 

Video: William V. Saumur

Music: Benoît Côté

Dramaturgical consultant: Sasha Dion

Shadows: Marcelle Hudon

Performance by Robine Kaseka, Caroline Tanguay and Marie-Claude Labrecque 

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