Marie Brassard is an actress, author and director. The international theatre audience is familiar with her as an artistic companion of Robert Lepage, between the years 1985 and 2000 in theatre (The Dragons’ Trilogy, Polygraph, The Seven Streams of the River Ota, The Shakespeare Trilogy: Coriolanus, The Tempest and Macbeth) and in films ( Polygraph, NÔ ). In 2001, she created her first solo play, Jimmy, within the framework of the Festival TransAmériques. The success of the play and the experience itself brought her to found her own production company, Infrarouge, and to begin to work solo. Since then, in collaboration with guest artists from different disciplines and origins, she has created surrealist theatre with virtuoso acting skills and innovative video, light and sound installations. The Darkness (2003), Peepshow (2005), The Glass Eye (2007), The Invisible (2008), Me Talking to Myself in the Future (2010) and Trieste (2013).
Her pieces, performed in French or English have been presented and acclaimed in many countries in the Americas, Europe and in Australia, among other cities in Paris, Brussel, London, Dublin and Berlin, in Vienna, Lisbon and Madrid, in Milan, Oslo and Stockholm, New York and Mexico, Sydney and Melbourne, in places as the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris, The Studio at the Sydney Opera in Australia, the Barbican Centre in London UK, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the Sophiensaele in Berlin, the Halle G im Museums Quartier and Brut im Künstlerhaus in Vienna, the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, The Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre in Melbourne and Le Teatro de La Abadia in Madrid.
In 2013, she created a collage of texts by Nelly Arcan and stage the piece, titled in French La Fureur de ce que je pense (The Fury of my Thoughts) at Espace Go in Montreal and recently revisited her play Peepshow, this time with actress Monia Chokri as the protagonist. The two plays will be presented soon again, in festivals and on tour. She is now developing the project Vauban, adapted from the Montreal author Alain Farah’s novel, and she is as well devising a new solo play, temporarily titled Léone et le temps, that she began devising in the context of a residency at the Montevideo centre in Marseille.
Since a few years, she is as well working as a dance dramaturge and director. She has created two dance pieces in collaboration with dancer choreographer Sarah Williams Moving in this World (2014), developed in residency in Potsdam, that was presented in Montreal, Potsdam and in Madrid, and States of Transe (2013) and she choreographed a short solo for her, part of the triptych Ici est toujours ailleurs (2010). She as well elaborated a solo piece with dancer choreographer Anne Plamondon, Les mêmes yeux que toi (The same eyes) (2012), presented in Montreal and on tour in Quebec and Ottawa. Marie danced as well in two Isabelle Van Grimde pieces (Perspectives Montreal and The Bodies in Question), and collaborated and worked in different ways with choreographers and dancers Annik Hamel, Jane Mappin, Dana Gingras and Karine Denault.
She occasionnaly works in cinema, and has appeared in films by Robert Lepage, Michael Winterbottom, Guy Maddin, Ryan McKenna, Denis Côté, Sophie Deraspe et Stéphane Lafleur, among others. She was recently awarded L'Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec.2015: Peepshow (2015)
2014: The Darkness, revisited
2013: La Fureur de ce que je pense
2010: Me talking to Myself in the Future
2008: The Invisible
2007: The Glass Eye
2003: The Darkness
1997: Le Polygraphe
2000: The Claim
2001: La Loi du cochon
2002: Past Perfect
2004: Le Bonheur c'est une chanson triste
2007: Continental, un film sans fusil
2009: Les grandes chaleurs
2009: Les signes vitaux
2013: Vic and Flo Saw a Bear