Je ne tomberai pas - Vaslav Nijinski

Bernard Meney

October 16th to 25th, 2013

Rencontre avec les artistes : October 17th and 24th after the show. Animation: Guy Corneau and Christian Dumais-Lvowski.

October 16th and 17th at 8 p.m. // October 18th at 7 p.m. // October 19th at 4 p.m.
October 23rd
and 24th at 8 p.m. // October 25th at 7 p.m.

Le Sacre du printemps, choreographed by dance genius Vaslav Nijinski, sparked a storm of controversy within intellectual and artistic circles when it was first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Eysées in Paris in 1913. A century later, this dancer’s legacy still casts a long shadow. Nijinski would eventually descend into madness and spend several years locked away, much like many other groundbreaking artists.

Drawing inspiration from the dancer’s journals as well as the writings of such seminal 19th & 20th centuries writers as Artaud, Nietzsche, Mallarmé and Maupassant, this show combines theatre and dance. Words, reminiscences deconstructed from fantasies, bits of poetry hinting at future troubles – all give expression, in this work, to this modern icon’s precipitous descent into madness. Bringing together an all-male cast, director Bernard Meney and choreographer Estelle Clareton, through the emblematic personality of Nijinski, evoke the psychic trials and tribulations of creators who have shaped history and left an enduring artistic legacy. The pain of imbalance, spoken or unspoken, gives rise to flashes of visionary genius, and from deep within a being emerges, splintered into bursts of lights.


Conference by Christian Dumais-Lvowski and screening of the documentary Vaslav Nijinski, une âme en exil:
Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. at Théâtre de Quat'Sous (free admission with a proof of ticket purchase or $10).

Public discussion with Christian Dumais-Lvowski: Thursday, October 24th after the show.

Lear more about Christian Dumais-Lvowski: a Nijinski expert and co-translator of Nijinski's Diary (Actes Sud/Babel).


Les Impatients join the dance and present a few items of their Collection, including drawings inspired by the dancer Vaslav Nijinski, in the hallway of the Théâtre de Quat'Sous.

Stage director: Bernard Meney
Choreographer: Estelle Clareton
Performers: Thomas Casey, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Bernard Meney, Brice Noeser and Daniel Soulières
Dramaturgy: Isabelle Leblanc from Vaslav Nijinski's diary, the French text and the theatrical adaptation of Christian Dumais-Lvowksi
Sound designer: Éric Forget
Lighting: François Marceau
Costume: Marilène Bastien
Stage designers: Marilène Bastien and François Marceau
Make-up: Angelo Barsetti
Russian coach: Sasha Samar
Production director: Louise Dubeau

Bernard Meney © G. Dorion-CoupalEstelle Clareton © Stéphane NajmanThomas Casey © René FunkSimon-Xavier LefebvreBrice Noeser © Geneviève LeSieurDaniel Soulières © Nicolas Ruel
Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Brice Noeser et Thomas Casey / Crédit Didier PouleurTous les interprètes / Crédit Marilène BastienBrice Noeser, Bernard Meney et Daniel Soulières / Crédit Marilène BastienBernard Meney, Brice Noeser et Daniel Soulières / Crédit Marilène BastienSimon-Xavier Lefebvre, Brice Noeser et Bernard Meney / Crédit Didier PouleurTous les interprètes / Crédit Marilène BastienBernard Meney / Crédit Nicolas RuelBernard Meney / Crédit Nicolas RuelBernard Meney et Simon-Xavier Lefebvre / Crédit Nicolas RuelBernard Meney / Crédit Nicolas RuelBernard Meney / Crédit Nicolas RuelBernard Meney / Crédit Nicolas RuelTous les interprètes / Crédit Nicolas RuelThomas Casey, Bernard Meney et Brice Noeser / Crédit Nicolas RuelTous les interprètes / Crédit Nicolas RuelTous les interprètes / Crédit Nicolas RuelTous les interprètes / Crédit Nicolas RuelTous les interprètes / Crédit Nicolas Ruel

I was told I was crazy, but I thought I was alive. – Vaslav Nijinski

A Danse-Cité production in collaboration with Créations Estelle Clareton and in codiffusion with the Théâtre de Quat’Sous. This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Creative residencies: Agora de la danse and Théâtre de Quat'Sous.

Mr. Christian Dumais-Lvowski's visit was made possible with help from the Mental Illness Foundation.

Théâtre de Quat'Sous
100, des Pins East
Théâtre de Quat'Sous Ticket Office: 514.845.7277 // Articulée Ticket Office: 514.844.2172