Capturing the moment, The TNM as seen by Yves Renaud
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Théâtre du Nouveau Monde is where classic plays, old and new, come to life.
I have had the privilege of directing the TNM for nearly 25 years. During that time, I have learned that it is essential to preserve indelible traces of the ephemeral art of theatre.
To celebrate the TNM’s 65th anniversary, we wanted, with the cooperation of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, to adorn the walls of the city with the work of an exceptional photographer, the sharpest observer of our productions. It is important to us to honour a man who, from the shadows, shines a magical light on the characters inhabiting our inventive sets.
And so you will see, through Yves Renaud’s perceptive eye, the many facets of our theatre over the course of two decades. These photographs capture the depth of a character’s emotions, the beauty of a costume, the power of a well-designed set, the transcendent art of lighting. I hope you’ll enjoy this inspiring journey to the heart of the TNM’s proud history.
Artistic and executive director
September 19 to November 13, 2016
On the promenade des Artistes and Le Parterre
This exhibition is based on the book Fixer l’instant, le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde vu par Yves Renaud, published by éditions du passage (in bookstores Sept. 21)
THÉÂTRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE AS SEEN BY YVES RENAUD, THEATRE PHOTOGRAPHER
“Unlike studio work, where there are many decisions to be made – lighting, composition, angles and so on – theatre photography requires that you work with the elements available to you. Some might see that as a constraint, but I find it frees me from having to make those decisions, allowing me to concentrate on what I love: creating and filling a frame, transposing living art to a dynamic image.”
“I try to photograph actions rather than make photographs of actors. When characters are seen in context, the image is more theatrical, and therefore richer. In my photos, I try to reflect all the work that goes into the play, from the actors to the unseen creative people who design the sets, lighting, costumes and props.”
Capturing the magic
“I work in the shadows. That’s my comfort zone. When I enter the theatre, it feels like I’m going to my office. No matter how the stage is set, no matter the size of the show, I always have the same goal: to capture the best moments.”
Everyone knows theatre is an ephemeral art. Afterwards, nothing remains but memories. Yves Renaud’s talent does us the honour of making the theatre live forever.
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CAPTURING THE MOMENT: AN INSPIRING PHOTO EXHIBIT