National Arts Centre
1, rue Elgin, Ottawa, (Ontario), K1P 5W1
After writing plays dealing with the numbers from 1 to 9 and investigating multiple facets of identity, Mani Soleymanlou goes back to zero, the big nothing. Revisiting his notebooks, he attempts to return to his artistic beginnings and draw from the very source of his creative output. Following “Un, Deux, Trois, Ils étaient quatre, Cinq à sept, 8, et Neuf [titre provisoire]”, Mani Soleymanlou travels upstream in search of the impulse that led him to found his own company and take a stand. What if that young girl hadn’t been killed in the street in Tehran? What if he hadn’t decided to go into theatre? What if? More interested in what brings us together than what divides us, Soleymanlou uses zero as the focal point of his reflection. Born in Iran at the dawn of the Islamic Revolution, Mani Soleymanlou founded his Montreal-based company Orange Noyée to produce theatre that is as engaging as it is engaged. Exploring notions of exile, flight, identity, gender and community with humour...