Entre Nous : Musical Theatre For 4 Saxophones and 4 Actors

Entre Nous: Quasar and Thierry Tidrow draw upon language, intimacy and society in an innovative musical theatre project

Montreal, Sep 22, 2022 – Quasar saxophone quartet and internationally renowned composer Thierry Tidrow are bringing their combined creative forces together for an extraordinary project: Entre Nous, a musical theatre work for 4 saxophones and 4 actors, to be presented for the very first time on November 5th, in the Espace Orange of the Wilder Building.

For the production, Quasar is working with a team of talented actors (Marc Béland, Tracy Marcelin, Lili Morin-Prévost and Nicolas Dionne-Simard), as well as its faithful creative design team to bring this major project to life, and it will become the subject of the third and final instalment of Quasar's triptych of arts films dedicated to creations by Canadian composers (the first being Ode au métal by Sonia Paço-Rocchia, and the second, Walter Boudreau's Chaleurs).

Entre Nous is to be an investigation into our society, seen both intimately and globally, to explore what our language reveals to us - and conceals from us - about our past, our values, our losses, our traumas, our prejudices, and our imperative need to belong and to laugh. In its form, the work itself questions the genres it engages in, as an attempt to redefine the idea of transdisciplinarity in a digital and post-pandemic context.

“The piece poses questions on several levels: about society and about the “We”, in terms of exclusion and inclusion. Having always been linguistically excluded myself – as a “Frenchie” in Ottawa, not a true French-speaker in Montreal, and a foreigner in Germany – and being queer, exploring inclusion and exclusion interests me in a very personal way. Art, for me, is also about restating your traumas and putting your finger where it hurts.” - Thierry Tidrow

Entre Nous will have its premiere this coming November 5th at 4:00 pm and again at 9:00 pm in the Espace Orange of the Wilder Building.

Entre Nous – A work of musical theatre for four saxophones and four actors
In co-diffusion with Le Vivier

Saturday, November 5th at 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Wilder Building – Espace Orange
Tickets starting from $23.00, available through levivier.ca

Composition and libretto: Thierry Tidrow
Staging: Maxime Genois
Actors: Marc Béland, Tracy Marcelin, Lili Morin-Prévost and Nicolas Dionne-Simard
Lighting design: Flavie Lemée
Scenography: Marianne Lonergan
Musical Director: Cristian Gort
Video direction: Xavier Madore
Sound: Guillaume Barrette
Quasar saxophone quartet: Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, André Leroux and Jean-Marc Bouchard

Quasar saxophone quartet

Passionate about the music of its time, the Quasar saxophone quartet has been dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music since its founding in 1994. Instrumental music, improvisation, electronics: they explore all musical pathways. Whether alone or accompanied by a symphonic, acoustic or hybrid/electronic orchestra, Quasar offers the public a unique and profoundly original program. The ensemble has won 9 OPUS awards from the Conseil québécois de la musique, including “Performer of the Year”. Quasar presents a series of concerts in Montreal and performs regularly in Canada and abroad.

Since its inception, Quasar has premiered over 200 works spanning multiple areas of musical creation. As a truly  creative force of international stature, the quartet works closely with composers, encouraging research, experimentation and the development of new ideas. The ensemble thus contributes in an exceptional manner to the development of Quebec music and also has several premieres of foreign works to its credit.

 

Thierry Tidrow

Thierry Tidrow is a Franco-Ontarian composer currently living and working in Germany. He studied composition, music theory, and early music performance at McGill University and holds a master's degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Prof. Richard Ayres) and an Advanced Studies diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. He has collaborated with many performers across Europe and North America, including Ensemble Asko-Schönberg, Ensemble Modern, Quatuor Bozzini, Klangforum Wien, EMC+, the ensembles Continuum, hand werk and Paramirabo, singer Sarah Maria Sun, clarinettist Heather Roche and many others. Thierry is a laureate of the Canada Council for the Arts Jules-Léger Prize (2014) and of McGill University's Graham Sommer Competition (2018), among others. Thierry has written many theatrical works, including eight operas and a collaboration with Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine. He is currently composer-in-residence at the Dortmund Opera.