Un coeur nomade

Un coeur nomade

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August 20, 2020 to November 22, 2020

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will present Un cœur nomade, a free exhibition on the Promenade des Artistes. The exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of Dany Laferrière on the occasion the 35th anniversary of the beginning of his literary career.

Un cœur nomade uses the large display windows on De Maisonneuve Blvd. to present a charming and colourful immersion in the world of Dany Laferrière, inspired by his three graphic novels (L’exil vaut le voyage, Vers d’autres rives, Autoportrait de Paris avec Chat published by Les Éditions du Boréal). In addition, every Wednesday through Sunday evening visitors will enjoy the architectural projection L’Exil vaut le voyage. The animated short film, projected on the façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy, is made possible by the production assistance and animation expertise of the National Film Board of Canada. The projection, which complements the exhibition, features memorable places and characters from Laferrière’s stories, capturing his unique voice through words and images from his three graphic novels.

From his childhood in Petit-Goâve, Haïti, to his election to the Académie française and his life in Montreal, where he has published all of his books, Un cœur nomade and L’Exil vaut le voyage invite passers-by to explore the world of a multi-talented man: a prolific writer whose works have been translated around the world and received numerous awards and honours. This tribute looks at a life shaped by a golden childhood, exile, women, and hours spent reading in a pink bathtub.

A true interactive experience reflecting the world of a writer and illustrator who is treasured in Quebec, the companion projects are the result of an initiative of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and of Félix Dagenais’ insightful exploration of Laferrière’s work. Thanks to a collaboration between Dagenais – the project’s curator and creative director – graphic and scenic designer Judith Portier and composer and sound designer Javier Asencio for Un cœur nomade, and with filmmaker Nicola Lemay for L’Exil vaut le voyage (co-production NBF), Montreal will celebrate the brilliant, poetic and colourful world of Dany Laferrière.


Un coeur nomade
August 20 to November 22, 2020
Promenade des Artistes

Curator and creative director: Félix Dagenais
Graphic and scenic design: Judith Portier Inc.
Music and sound design: Javier Asencio A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

L’Exil vaut le voyage
August 20 to November 22, 2020
On the façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy
Wednesday to Sunday sunset to 11 p.m.

Director: Nicola Lemay
Original idea: Félix Dagenais
Animators: Dale Hayward, Fahad Aboubacar, Bianca Shonee Arroyo-Kreimes (See Creature Productions)
Producer: Marc Bertrand (NFB)
Executive producer: Julie Roy (NFB)
A co-production of the National Film Board of Canada and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

The tribute to celebrate Dany Laferrière’s 35 years of writing is an original idea by Anne Plamondon.


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