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Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto and Crow’s Theatre present “L’Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie” February 22-25

Monday, January 22, 2024

Theatre français de Toronto (TfT), in association with Crow's Theatre, is proud to present L'Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie as part of Black History Month. This captivating play created by NOUS Théâtre will run from February 22 to 25 2024 at the FLECK DANCE THEATRE (Harbourfront Centre)*. The Franco-Haitian play, created by Guy Régis Jr, features the music of the renowned Haitian classical guitarist Amos Coulanges. The vocal ensemble Les Voix du Coeur joins this artistic adventure, bringing their passion for choir singing to this impressive fusion of theatre, music and emotion.

* TfT and Crow's Theatre announce a change of venue for L'Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie. Originally scheduled to take place at Streetcar Crowsnest, the show will now be held at the Fleck Dance Theatre (Harbourfront Centre), a larger space with a seating capacity of over 400. This decision is designed to accommodate a greater number of spectators, reflecting growing public interest in this unique theatrical event from France. Although the touring schedule of the play limits the addition of new dates, this change of theatre will enable more people to discover this work.

L'Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie explores the lives of Haitian families and their quest for a better future beyond their borders. At the heart of the story is a young 'Intrepid Son', who undertakes a perilous transatlantic journey to join his mother, who now lives in Quebec. This intimate and poignant tale is interwoven with themes of love, loss and hope.

Guy Régis Jr orchestrates this show with remarkable mastery. He blends opera, theatre and music to create an immersive and unique theatrical experience. The show deals sensitively with the themes of clandestine migration, the desire for a better life, and the break-up of families. The staging is also distinguished by its aestheticism, with a splendid set featuring video projections, while classical Haitian music and songs in Creole (with French and English surtitles), performed live by professional Opera singers, enrich the theatrical experience.

L'Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie is much more than just a show. It's an emotional journey that confronts the audience with the complex realities of clandestine migration and family estrangement.

A Haitian creation. A French Production. An experience not to be missed.

L'Amour telle une cathédrale ensevelie

Presented by Théâtre français de Toronto in association with Crow's Theatre

Produced by NOUS Théâtre

Coproduced by : Les Francophonies, des écritures à la scène; Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers - Centre Dramatique National; Théâtre de l'Union - Centre Dramatique National du Limousin; Académie de France à Rome - Villa Médicis; Association 4 Chemins; Compagnie La Lune Nouvelle

Conceived and directed by Guy Régis Jr | Assistant director: Hélène Lacroix| Performed by: Déborah-Ménélia Attal, Frédéric Fachena, Jean-Luc Faraux, Dérilon Fils, Aurore Ugolin, Nathalie Vairac| Composer and guitarist: Amos Coulanges| Set and costume designer: Velica Panduru| Set design: Tukuma Works, Ioan Moldovan| Lighting Designer: Marine Le Vey |Video Designer: Dimitri Petrovic | Sound Designer: François Van Opstal | Stage Manager: Samuel Dineen

With archive footage shot by Fatoumata Bathily and Guy Régis Jr and extracts from the documentary film Fuocoammare, par-delà Lampedusa, by Gianfranco Rosi.

Show: From February 22 to 25 2024 at FLECK DANCE THEATRE

Opening night Friday February 23 at 7:30 pm. Performances Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Duration: 90 minutes

Preview Prices: Regular: $50 | Golden Age: $40 | Under 30 and Artists: $25 | Pay what you want ($10, $15 or $20) on the day | Group rate for 8 or more: $25 per ticket

Prices: Regular: $70 | Golden Age: $56 | Under 30 and Artists: $25 | Pay what you want ($10, $15 or $20) on the day | Group rate for 8 or more: $25 per ticket

Box office:

TfT: 416.534.6604 or

Crow’s Theatre: 647.341.7390 ext. 1010 or

Photo: © 2023 Christopher Pean.