The Meeting – Kiskimew
After fifteen years of plunging body and soul into Aboriginal culture, Catherine Joncas was ready to hand on her experience. An old Cree dictionary that the playwright had received from her grandfather became the catalyst of this story. The Meeting deals with all those little encounters, sometimes successful sometimes not, between Whites and Aboriginals.
A young woman undertakes an investigation into the circumstances of her life. Her plunge into the universe of the Cree language opens an unexpected path towards her interior world and draws a whole series of characters of uncertain identity around her: a professor of the Atikamekw language, a grandmother whose knowledge is lost, an illegal immigrant, a lost young delinquent and an ordinary man above suspicion.
The dictionary, dating from 1872, then passes from hand to hand while America’s past and the ghost of Father Lacombe, the Red River missionary hover over it. A love encounter at the very limit of our sense of identity.
2000 June 2 to 10 – Montreal, Espace Libre Theatre
December 13 to 16 – Ottawa, National Arts Centre
2001 October 11 to 13 – Quebec City, Multifunction Hall of Méduse
Playwright/Director: Catherine Joncas
Associate Playwrights: Robert Lalonde et Florent Vollant
Dramaturgical Consultant: Marie-Ève Gagnon
Actors: Roch Aubert, Catherine Joncas, Jean-Marc Niquay, Rosalia Petitquay, Brigitte Poupart (Québec) & Catherine Sénart (Montréal et Ottawa)
Set Designer: Catherine Granche
Costume Designer: Francine Martin
Lighting Designer: Sylvie Morisette
Composer: Maryse Poulin
Production Director: Sylvain Pelletier
Assistant Production Director: Andrée St-Laurent
Stage Managers: Annick Asselin & Colette Drouin
Technical Director: Éric Locas
Sound Designer: Jean Gaudreau
Communications Director: Lucienne Losier & Claudine Raymond
Producers: Ondinnok and National Arts Centre, French Theatre, Ottawa