Playful performance for scotch tape

© Caroline Robert and Vincent Morisset – Studio AATOAA
© Frédéric Lovino
© Frédéric Lovino
© Liana Paré
© Liana Paré
© Liana Paré
© Frédéric Lovino
  • In-person event

  • Ages 2-8

  • Approx. 35 minutes
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 9:15 am Without words Seats available
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 11:00 am Without words sold out
Thursday, May 30, 2024 9:45 am Without words Seats available
Friday, May 31, 2024 9:45 am Without words Seats available

“Rockin’ an adhesive style”

A trio of girls with a rock-singer look about them, about as frail and delicate as three footballers in the final seconds of a game, create a space for art and play before our eyes. Something like a small sound and sensory theatre built with a wonderfully sticky material: Scoooootch tape! 

The entire show is created using just five rolls of (recyclable) adhesive tape, household objects, instruments, microphones, and a whole lot of daring to hold it all together. Who would have thought that ordinary scotch tape could make music, underpin pathways and shelters, or support the world by acting as a pulley? 

A super playful demonstration that ordinary materials can become art when combined with human creativity. It’s also a touching illustration of the many, sometimes almost invisible, connections between and among us. This show will stick with you! 

Without words • Ages 2+ • intimate show


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    Conceived and directed by Amélie Poirier
  • Conceived and directed by Amélie Poirier
  • With Mélanie Baillairgé, Marika Karlsson and Myriame Larose
  • Dramaturgical consultants Lyly Chartiez-Mignauw and Dinaïg Stall
  • Sets Philémon Vanorlé
  • Sound Mariane Berthault
  • Lighting Henri-Emmanuel Doublier
  • Construction of forms Audrey Robin, Mélanie Baillairgé, Gabrielle Chabot and Elisabeth Bosquet
  • Construction of bases Romain Crivellari and Pauline Caenen
  • Co-creators Mariane Berthault, Clémentine Vanlerberghe and Audrey Robin, Amélie Poirier, Carine Gualdaroni, Mélanie Baillairgé, Marika Karlsson and Myriame Larose
  • Producer Synthèse Additive (QC)
  • Co-producer Les Nouveaux Ballets du Nord-Pas de Calais (FR)
  • Production partners La Minoterie SC de Dijon, Culture Commune : SN du Bassin Minier, Le Grand Bleu SC de Lille, Créa-Festival MOMIX, Nova Villa : Festival Méli’Mômes à Reims, Théâtre du Nord / CDN de Lille-Tourcoing and Le Cube, Montréal
  • Supporters DRAC et Région Hauts-de-France, Département du Pas-de-Calais, ADAMI, Institut Français / Ville de Lille, le Cube (Montréal): Centre international de recherche et de création pour l’enfance et la jeunesse du réseau Petits Bonheurs (QC), Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts de Montréal

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