THE ROARING 20s
"You enter into the 1920s. Our artists greet you. Bubbly, silent films, piano man, entertainment… We talk, we drink, we gamble. The suffragettes are jolly, the gangsters relaxed; we celebrate freedom and joie de vivre!"
This was the enticing promise contained in the invitation for a benefit evening hosted last April 16th by Espace Libre and its two resident theatre companies, Omnibus and the NTE.
The event was a raging success that attracted theatrephiles, nostalgics and lovers of life. Coiffed in the manner of the era and draped with white pearls, hats (and of course, eyeglasses!), 11 members of the Georges Laoun team dove headfirst into the festivities.
Between hors-d'oeuvres and fortune teller readings, guests were treated to excerpts from several theatre productions. We congratulate the artists and technicians who were involved in the making of these fabulous works:
In the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental room:
Joseph la tache excerpt from Naissance produced by the NTE, presented from November 30th until December 18th, 2010 at Espace Libre
Text, interpretation, box and soundtrack design: Catherine Vidal
Writing supervisor: Alexis Martin
Boxes inspired by the work of american artist Joseph Cornell
Construction: Michel Ostaszewski (and design of aquatic box), Julie Emery et Catherine Vidal
Lighting: Erwann Bernard
Soundtrack recorded by Benoît Durand-Jodoin
In the Omnibus room:
Excerpt front Jabbarnack!, produced by Omnibus le corps du théâtre, presented from March 27th until April 21st, 2012 at Espace Libre
Project managers: Jean Asselin et Réal Bossé
Interpreted by: Sylvie Moreau, Marie Lefebvre, Audrey Bergeron, Anne Sabourin, Guillaume Chouinard, Bryan Morneau, Sacha Ouellette-Deguire
Set design and costumes : Sophie Bourgeois assisted by Sarah Sloan
Lights: Mathieu Marcil
Sound: Éric Forget
In the Espace Libre room:
Excerpt front Le mobile, a coproduction by Le Pont Bridge and Recto-Verso, presented from November 10th until November 20th, 2010 at Espace Libre
Text, staging and performance : Carole Nadeau
Staging assistant and stage manager: Steeve Dumais
Scenography: Louis Hudon, Carole Nadeau, Émilie Morin, Mathieu Thébaudeau
Live video: Louis Hudon
Pre-recorded video: Carole Nadeau
Soundscape and stage manager : Martine H.Crispo
Scenographic system design: Émilie Morin et Mathieu Thébaudeau
Scenographic system production and lighting consultant: Mathieu Thébaudeau
Video software design and production: Émilie Morin et Pierre-Olivier Fréchet-Martin
Harness design and production: Créations Fil Lion
Exterior eye: Alain Francoeur et Dominique Leduc
Excerpt from Un by Orange noyée, text and staging Mani Soleymanlou.
Here we are in our Roaring 20s finest:
Anne-Marie Laoun, Daniel Laoun et Raphael risk it all during a poker game!
Cindy, acting serious.
Mylène Laoun and Jessie
The magnificent Francine!
Georges and Phina Laoun sharing a laugh!
What a great group :)
What does she see in that crystal ball?
Francine and Anne-Marie
A true starlet!
The dream for all us grown-up kids who grew up watching Passe-Partout! Here I am with Passe-Montagne...uh, I mean...Jacques L'Heureux :)
Daniel and Anne-Marie
Mani Soleymanlou getting ready to preform an excerpt from his piece Un.
EYEGLASSES OF THE 1920s
The frames worn after WWI were usually round and fine. Made from gold, silver and celluloid, there was no distinction between men and women's fashions. The "pince-nez", a branchless model worn on the tip of the nose, was another popular style in the 20s.
Want a 20s look with a modern twist? Here are some models available in our shops:
"O" by Theo: exquisite lines!
"Izz" from Fiction by l.a. Eyeworks
"Breton" from Anne et Valentin
Our classic frames are just as magnificent as our daring ones! Braun's model no. 153 bears a striking resemblance to styles worn in the 20s.