Details on the play
Created in Japanese for the Aichi Universal Exposition, performed in French in Québec’s big theatres, then translated in Spanish for the Mexican audience, Harmony is a performance of grandiose proportions which was also adapted for high-definition broadcasting on channel TV5.
The Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur delivers an impressive production inspired by a contemporary Japanese legend in which giant characters and bleeding-edge multimedia technologies unite in the spirit of poetically reminding us of the fragile nature of our lives on earth.
The planet is in increasingly bad shape. Doctor Shin and his assistant Aki are part of a group of 50 or so child doctors that travel the earth to cure ailing animals and plants alike. Shin receives news from the Owl that new catastrophes have taken place and immediately flies off on the back of his traveler pelican.
He will heal fireflies rescued from a burning mountain, administer antidotes to baby belugas contaminated by chemical pollutants, stand up to real estate promoters and the leaders of a country struggling with an accelerated desertification. Feeling powerless and very much frustrated by the carelessness of certain human beings, Shin decides to quickly fly back home. He takes a very dangerous route, leading him and his pelican over war-stricken lands. Amongst the explosions and gunfire, his pelican is killed. Appalled, Shin reacts emotionally and decides to no longer be a healer. Faced with the perils of such a great loss, his assistant Aki decides to reach out to all those that Shin healed, as well as to the four elements – water, fire, earth and air – with hope that they will come to show him love and give him renewed hope and courage. Touched by such testimonials of gratitude, Shin decides to heal again, and realizes that it is the sum of every good action, no matter how small, that will bring harmony to the world.
“Huge, oversized. Le ecological message carries and is heard.”
– Radio Canada
“Harmony is probably the most complete, universal and meaningful production in Québec theatre.”
– La Presse
“The Théâtre de la Dame de Cœur stays true to its reputation, making use of mind-blowing giant puppets, combining spectacular effects with technological prowess.”
“One of the 2005 Festival mondial des arts pour la jeunesse’s powerful moments.”
– Les Coups de Théâtre
- Spectacle présenté à l'exposition universelle d'Aichie au Japon en 2005, en tournée en 2006 au Mexique et au Canada et en tournée en 2012 à Hong Kong
- Année de présentation : 2005
- Dialogue - Auteur : Maryse Pelletier
- Scénarisation - Auteur : Richard Blackburn, René Charbonneau, Sylvain Gagnon, Akira Ishigaki, Yves Simard
- Direction artistique : Richard Blackburn
- Direction de production : René Charbonneau