Le Wild West Show
Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show is a flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux, about the struggles of the Métis in the Canadian West. A multilayered and entertaining saga with a rodeo vibe, loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s legendary outdoor travelling show.
In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States. There he was recruited by the legendary Buffalo Bill, founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a gigantic outdoor travelling show that re-enacted life in the American West. It made a huge impression on Dumont, and he dreamed of putting together a similar show to tell the story of the struggle of Canada’s Métis to reclaim their rights. (Source: nac-cna.ca)
Coproduction NAC French Theatre (Ottawa) Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (Montréal) Théâtre Cercle Molière (Winnipeg) and La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon) – Executive producer NAC French Theatre – Creative partner Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montréal) – Director Mani Soleymanlou – Assistant Director Jean Gaudreau – General Stage Manager Elaine Normandeau – Dramaturg Maureen Labonté – Set Designer David Granger – Lighting Designer Erwann Bernard Music Benoît Morier and Olaf Gundel – Video producers Silent Partners Studio (Screen Producer Isabelle Painchaud – Creative video Designers Brigitte Henry) Costumes Jeff Chief – Props Madeleine Saint-Jacques – Movement Chancz Perry – Technical Director Élise Lefebvre – Lighting assistant Julie-Anne Parenteau Comfort – Sound controls Francis-Olivier Métras – Video controls Victoria Morrison – Production coordinator Anastasia Kitsos