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Collective Cartoon-cabaret-opera for soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, wind quintet and piano
Text by Jean-Paul Eid. Music by Eric Champagne, Frédéric Chiasson, Benoît Côté, Maxime Goulet and Pierre-Olivier Roy
Duration of the whole opera: about 1 hour
Translation of parts of welcome text of program at the premiere
Tonight, we cross a new frontier, we dare venture in unknown and even unsuspected field, we push daring to its limits… Tonight, comtemporary music attacks its greatest taboo: everyday life.
Taboo? Creators have a bold nature though. Taboo? Hard to believe, you would say? Actually, even when we all pass so many hours of our days, swallowed by our chores, asking ourselves: “What do I eat for dinner?”, “At what day comes the garbage truck again?”, “Come on, where did I put those coupons?”, our works, though, seemed completely impervious to these mundanities. And there comes to us Jérôme Bigras.
Who is better than Jérôme Bigras, native of CROC magazine from Jean-Paul Eid's pen, to bring us back to the essential truth that all of us, whatever we are, are suburbans of somewhere.
And here we are, making a team around this “pure laine” suburban, for which the alpha and omega are on the shelfs of a Canadian Tire. We have observed him, open our arms to him, he made us laugh, and then we used him and transformed him into a 3D singing Jérôme Bigras! By a curious coincidence, operatic voices do blend well with his cartoon incarnations, the latters having a certain tendency to exaggerate...
Through the absolute sedentary lifestyle of Jérôme Bigras, however, hides a crave for adventure, highly local as it may be. With formal games, mise en abîme, spatio-temporal interpolations and interactions with supernatural forces, Bigras deconstructs and pushes back the Comic Art limits. Assisted by REX, his lawnmower, in his Flamand-man (Flamingo-man) suit, followed by his friends Nicole, Marcel and many others, Jérôme always triumphs from the abnormal and brings everything back in the margins of commonplace.
Tonight, wear your mustaches and come with us to Bungalopolis!
Maxime Goulet, artistic director, designer, composer
Benoît Côté et Mylène Lapierre, production directors, stage directors, composer (B. Côté)
Translation by Frédéric Chiasson
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|2011-09-05||Bungalopolis Recordings, MNM 2011 Version, available on website.|
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|2011-03-14||Dithyrambic reviews for Bungalopolis|
|2011-01-25||Bungalopolis is back in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and Montreal|
|2010-08-15||New Facebook page and new YouTube video for Bungalopolis|
|2010-05-21||Highly enthusiast crowd for the premiere of Bungalopolis|
|2010-05-05||Tickets for Bungalopolis on sale|
|2010-05-04||New section : press review|
|2010-04-26||Three premieres of works by Frédéric Chiasson in May|
|2009-07-07||Frédéric Chiasson composes for an opera-cabaret on Jean-Paul Eid's cartoons|