Joe Jack et John

Joe Jack and John is a theatre company that produces multidisciplinary and bilingual performances incorporating video projection, dance, and spoken word. By embracing performers who are often perceived as "other" by society – whether professional learning disabled actors, or new Canadians – its artistic process both calls attention to, and creates space for, the figure of the Outsider. Its unique casting model is a source of aesthetic innovation as well as meaningful human encounters, and aims to give voice to the often unheard; to encourage us all to reflect on current issues in our society, including the issue of inclusion; and to move the conversation forward through the power of art.

  • Photograph: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

    Abîmés - quatre courtes pièces de Samuel Beckett

  • Photograph: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

    Abîmés - quatre courtes pièces de Samuel Beckett

  • Photograph: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

    Abîmés - quatre courtes pièces de Samuel Beckett

  • Photograph: Adrienne Surprenant

    je ne veux pas marcher seul

  • Photograph: Adrienne Surprenant

    je ne veux pas marcher seul

  • Photograph: Adrienne Surprenant

    je ne veux pas marcher seul

Contact details

Catherine Bourgeois
Artistic Director

4571 Avenue du Parc #3
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H2V 4E4

Artistic Director(s)

Catherine Bourgeois

Online

Email: catherine@joejacketjohn.com
Web: http://www.joejacketjohn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joejacketjohn/?fref=ts

This is a 10 minute video from je ne veux pas marcher seul, the seventh theatrical creation of Joe Jack et John. It was presented in an industrial loft in co-presentation with Théâtre Aux Écuries in November 2015.
Design and Direction: Catherine Bourgeois
Text: collective collaboration between Kevin Williamson with Edon Descollines, Francis Ducharme, Étienne Thibeault and Dorian Nuskind-Oder
Creative Team: Chafiik, Cédric Descamps, Julie Emery, Marilyne Fournier, Anne-Sara Gendron and Martin Sirois
Graphic design: Mivil
Video capture: Claudia Chan Tak and Nans Bortuzzo
Video editing: Tobie Garceau

Productions

Abîmés - quatre courtes pièces de Samuel Beckett

Duration: 60 mins
Number of people on road: 7 (1 director, 1 technical director, 1 stage manager and 4 actors)
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

A wooden crate:
Weight: 72kg
Dimensions: 122 x 91 x 91 cm
Content: a lighting table (unmounted), a metal speaker, 2 canvases (set), and a wooden rack.

Description

Abîmés involves a selection of short plays by Samuel Beckett performed by an atypical casting, in order to give a new reverberation to the tragedy which is birth, despair and the will to survive to it. Through rereading What Where, Breath, Ohio Impromptu and Footfalls, Joe Jack et John wishes to create a world unto itself, “a stain on silence”, woven directly from the author’s poetry and the offbeat breathing of the actors.

The importance given to the choreography, combined with the dramatic bundle borne by the impaired bodies, highlights themes of seclusion, isolation and the absurdity of existence cherished by the author.  These reappear constantly, whether through alienating and repetitive speech, movement and precise gesture, through the regular presence of disembodied voices which seems to occupy some characters’ minds in an obsessive way, through an anxious relationship with death, which seems always near but never comes, or through the empty verbal exchanges of infrequent dialogue.

The four performers, under public scrutiny, will share the stage in an almost empty setting. This white box, metaphor for the incapacity of the characters to meet for real and get out from where they are, is the manifestation itself of the constraints, as much intellectual as physical, which incarcerate them.

Extra information

Scale of work:
Area of play: 30 (width) x 20 (depth) x 15 (height) feet
Curtains: Backdrop + 2 side legs
Wings: courtyard and garden (to put a rack. one has to be spacious enough to put the table's set which measure 5 x 3 feet).

Set:
2 White canvases (20 x 20 feet and 20 x 16 feet)
1 Table (5 x 3 feet) and two chairs
1 Metal free-standing speakerphone
1 lighting table

Credits :
Direction and design : Catherine Bourgeois
Actors : Marc Béland, Guillermina Kerwin, Gabrielle Marion-Rivard and Michael Nimbley
Dramaturg and Rehearsal mistress: Pénélope Bourque
Video Design : Jean-François Boisvenue
Costume Design : Julie Emery
Technical Direction: Francis Vaillancourt-Martin
Stage Manager: Cédric Descamps

Je ne veux pas marcher seul

Duration: 65 mins
Number of people on road: 7
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

Lighting table, projectors, accessories and cameras.

Description

je ne veux pas marcher seul puts on stage three performers/characters who confront each other and explore the many different facets of fear. Their quest is woven around the character of Edon, a young man whose story is linked to the tragic life of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager gunned down by a Miami neighborhood watch volunteer in the winter of 2012.

The show explores the theme of fear of the unknown, and develops around the phenomenon that fear becomes an excuse for discrimination and violence. Loosely based on xenophobic acts committed in recent years in the United States and Canada, the play exposes through 10 scenes the broad spectrum of fear: from blatant racism to hidden anxiety, as well as the use of fear as a tool for mass control.

Blending dance, story-telling, hip-hop music and video projections, Joe Jack et John presents a multidisciplinary and post-dramatic work of art. The company also pursues its mandate of atypical casting, through the inclusion of a learning-disabled actor of haitian descent, whose mere presence on stage poses questions related to social norms, diversity and perceptions of otherness.

Extra information

Play area: 38 (width) x 28 (depht) x 15 (height) feet
Curtains, backdrops and legs: White cyclo for the background or a white wall
Wings: Garden and behind the background
Set: black tulle (38 feet (width)), installed 1 meter from the white wall/cyclo + 2 chairs (courtyard) + 2 chairs (garden) + 1 lighting table

Credits:
Set designer and director: Catherine Bourgeois
Text: collective with the collaboration of Kevin Williamson
Performers: Edon Descollines,  Francis Ducharme, Étienne Thibeault and Dorian Nuskind-Oder.
Rehearsal mistress: Marilyne Fournier
Lighting designer: Martin Sirois
Costume designer: Julie Emery
Music: Chafiik
Technical Director: Anne-Sara Gendron
Lighting Management: Cédric Descamps

Wrap-around work

Since January 2011, Joe Jack et John, in collaboration with Regroupement pour la Trisomie 21,  has provided theatre workshops for adult members of this organization. Throughout these workshops, participants get the opportunity to work with artists from various stage disciplines and to develop a collective creation to be presented before friends and family members. Along with this exercise, the participants attending the workshops also have the chance to witness the making of a professional play. They are invited to attend rehearsals at different stages of the work, then they get to see the final result of the production, to visit the theatre venue as well as to discuss with the artists who developed the show (actors, designers, director, etc.).