Scenes from a tree / Le Spectacle de l'Arbre
To age, to grow up, to evolve… What do these things mean to us when we are still so very little? Scenes from a Tree is designed for preschool audiences and celebrates life’s heartbeat through the passing of seasons. While the human voice is the work's driving force, wool, needlework, and danced movements are the main materials of its visual landscape, as well as the threads that connect the stories, songs, and nursery rhymes to the manipulation of objects from daily life.
Like a herbarium where each page represents a different sensation, Scenes from a Tree poetically and playfully illustrates the passing of time with the seasons, their unique energies and colours. The show further illustrates a more subtle expression of time as it escapes us: the small losses and separations that accompany each stage of life; the rebirths and discoveries that are scattered throughout our daily lives; a sense of growing up with dignity and being rooted in one's environment, like the trees that live alongside us every day.
Developed with the collaboration of educators and children from the La Sourithèque daycare centre (Montréal).
Based on an idea by: Nathalie Derome/ With: Nathalie Derome, Karine Sauvé and Anne Brulotte-Légaré / Developed by: Nathalie Derome, Amélie Dumoulin and Karine Sauvé / Script: Nathalie Derome, Amélie Dumoulin, Frank Martel and Lucie Trudel / Lighting designer and technical director: Catherine Tousignant / Artistic consultant and set designer: Mélanie Charest / Costume designer: Geneviève Dumontier / Music consultants: Kathy Kennedy and Nicolas Letarte / Translated by Nadine Desrochers