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Ottawa: the undercurrents festival unveils its Francophone programming

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

It’s less than a month until undercurrents begins and we can't wait to share space with you all again! Tickets are on sale for all shows, and we've got a line-up you don't want to miss. 

Check out show pages, online schedule and pick up your programs soon at participating Bridgehead Coffee or Arts Court! Undercurrents runs February 7-17, 2024.

This year’s francophone undercurrents programming is generously supported by the government of Ontario’s Francophone Community Grants Program.

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Le Concierge

Daniele Bartolini and Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, in association with DopoLavoro Teatrale

Recently named a 2023 Toronto Top Pick by Broadway World, this intimate and immersive piece of theatre invites you to follow the nightly route of a school janitor. While this production is billed as a francophone show, this near fully silent piece is accessible to both French and English speaking patrons. Le Concierge originally played a sold-out run in Toronto and is being reconfigured for undercurrents at De La Salle Public High School here in Ottawa.

The number of tickets for each performance are limited so don’t wait!

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By Kenny Streule

undercurrents will be premiering the french translation of this autobiographical play about growing up on a dairy farm in an English pocket of Quebec and being forced to go to French School. Discover a collection of memories that explain how Kenny was raised by a wild beaver, his grandmother in this touching story about language and family.

Malunderstood has played successful English runs in Montreal and Orlando – and will be heading to Victoria in the spring. Make sure you don’t miss it’s Ottawa stop!

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Les vagabones, Crée par Marie-Ève Fontaine et Judith Poitras

This immersive piece will be held in the intimate Atelier Theatre at Arts Court. What’s unique about the configuration of the piece is that audiences will be seated in the middle of the theatre with performance happening all around them. You might even be invited to interact with some of the installation pieces that are part of the show.

Join two dream-researchers as they try to illuminate through a panoply of tests using theatre, drawing, mechanical art and more. Come and visit this curious laboratory and witness some strange dreams.

This is a family friendly piece suited to ages 4+

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Chasse au Trésor

Chançard Lemvo et Éric Beevis

Through a series of vlogs, Trésor, a young man of Congolese descent newly arrived in Canada, gives personal accounts of his life in his host country. His questioning of his personal identity spills over into his family relationships, his love life and the reality of being a young black man in North America.

This intimate and personal play will be presented at the Atelier theatre.

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