The Aeneid is a perfect blend of ancient epic and contemporary reality. It transposes Aeneas's search for a homeland to the modern, middle-eastern exodus with its tourist resorts, refugee camps, and immigration officers.
Info-culture : "A fine performance by the three actor-puppeteers... The spectator is taken on a journey through cultures and continents, and looks at these 'others', those we all too often try to study from afar: emigrant refugees."— Julie Cler, 2014‑03‑08.
Text / Texte : Olivier Kemeid;
Translator / Traduction : Judith Miller;
Director / Mise en scène : Zach Fraser.
Set / Décor : Lyne Paquette;
Costumes & set / Costume & Décor : Fruzsina Lànyi;
Lighting / Éclairage : David Perreault Ninacs;
Sound / Son : Nikita U;
Stage Manager / Régisseur : Crystal Laffoley;
Technical Director / Directeur technique : Anne Sara Gendro.
Thank you for the generous support of Canadian Actors' Equity Association and Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. Talisman engages, under the terms of the Guest Artist Policy, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association.
Rover Arts : "Ancient epic relevant, fascinating, moving."—A. Furstenberg, 2014‑03‑08. More / Plus...
Le Devoir : "The puppets... are disturbingly beautiful, strangely engaging, and above all handled with suppleness and conviction by Marcelo Arroyo, Deena Aziz and Chimwemwe Miller. During the two hours or so of the show, we're riveted by the actions of the many protagonists, by their alternately funny and tragic words." — Christian Saint-Pierre, 2014‑03‑08. More / Plus...
Info-culture : "A fine performance by the three actor-puppeteers. Each transforms his or her performance, multiplying identities through the puppets to give life to 22 characters. They move the elements of the set in full view, and the collective imagination goes wild, with the most heterogeneous objects finding eccentric functions in their hands. They create dynamics just like their characters. ...The spectator is taken on a journey through cultures and continents, and looks at these "others", those we all too often try to study from afar: emigrant refugees."— Julie Cler, 2014‑03‑09. More / Plus...
The Gazette : "Puppets guide The Aeneid's epic voyage—Virgil's classic tale of a man in search of his homeland still has meaning today."— Katheryn Greenway, 2014‑03‑08. More / Plus...
Blog : "'The Aeneid : Exploring the refugee experience... with puppets'. This week's show is all about outsider storytelling, and how the sense that you don't belong to the mainstream can make for some powerful artistic statements."— Jeanette Kelly, 2014‑03‑08. More / Plus...