"My only regret is that I do not have six stars to give."
- Boston EVENTS Insider
"A marvelous feast.
A captivating blur of entwined or somersaulting or jacknifing bodies."
- The Boston Globe (USA)
"An infallible circus-dance-theatre-rock recipe that brings us right back to our hearts while warming our stomachs!"
- Le Monde (France)
"A perfect blend with just the right dose of ingredients, like in the very best of recipes."
- Huffington Post (Canada)
"The joy of cooking.
A remarkably familial, interactive ensemble piece."
- Montreal Gazette (Canada)
"We just love Cuisine & Confessions!"
- Metro (Canada)
" Warm, generous, enveloping… Very well done and very, very moving…
There are certain weeks when one feels particularly privileged to be a cultural commentator."
"The audience leaves the theatre nibbling the banana bread, happily sniffing the smells of baking as they go,
wanting to share Cuisine & Confessions with friends."
- Montreal Gazette
"Deeply satisfying nourishment on so many levels."
- Georgia Straight (Canada, Vancouver)
"A joyous dance party vibe."
- The Boston Globe (USA)
"The wow moments just keep on coming"
- Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Canada, 2017)
As individuals, we are ourselves composed of ingredients, a unique recipe of blood memories.
A recipe passed through generations.
A memory so deeply embedded in our conscious, it takes carefully concocted smells and tastes to bring it to the surface.
Storytelling through food… this is the sweet taste of my childhood, of a summer breeze through a screen door. Or the hot-chocolate-dampened lips of a first kiss.
Life happens in the kitchen. Late night confessionals over tisane and a pot of Nutella. Elaborately choreographed family meals. Lessons learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged, reinforced by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses — the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano — leading us through a span of times and countries, all the while the iconic kitchen our common meeting point.
THE STORIES ARE TRUE - Cuisine & Confessions was built on the real-life personal stories of each cast member. Creation began with extensive story-telling sessions, and directors Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila extracted facts, themes, and images and wove them throughout each act, all based on these real stories.
United States - Portland (OR)Newmark Theatre, White Bird Dance2 March 2017 to 4 March 2017
United States - Cedar Falls (IA)Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center9 March 2017
United States - Overland Park (KS)Yardley Hall - Johnson County Community College12 March 2017
United States - Urbana (IL)Krannert Center for the Performing Arts14 March 2017 to 15 March 2017
United States - Detroit (MI)Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts18 March 2017 to 19 March 2017
United States - Amherst (MA)Fine Arts Center - University of Massachusetts23 March 2017
United States - Storrs (CT)Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts25 March 2017 to 26 March 2017
United States - Schenectady (NY)Proctors Theatre29 March 2017
United States - Stony Brook (NY)Staller Center for the Arts1 April 2017 to 2 April 2017
United States - Richmond (VA)Modlin Center for the Arts5 April 2017
Les 7 Doigts
Shana Carroll & Sébastien Soldevila
Coproducers Châteauvallon-Scène Nationale (Ollioules, France), Espace Jean Legendre, Théâtre de Compiègne – Scène nationale de l’Oise en préfiguration (Compiègne, France), Grand Théâtre de Provence (Aix-en-Provence, France), Thomas Lightburn (Vancouver, Canada) & TOHU (Montreal, Quebec)
Artistic assistant and Stage Manager Sabrina Gilbert
Musical Direction Sébastien Soldevila
Sound Engineer Colin Gagné
Light Designer Éric Champoux
Scenography Ana Cappelluto
Props Cloé Alain-Gendreau
Costumes Anne-Séguin Poirier
Acrobatic Apparatus Design Yannick Labonté
Acrobatic Design Jérôme LeBaut
Acrobatic Coaching Francisco Cruz
Scenography Assistant Clara Maria Gonzalez
Kitchen Consultants Mat & Alex Winnicki – Satay Brothers
Production Manager Luc Paradis
Technical Director Yves Touchette
Original Music and Arrangement Nans Bortuzzo, Raphaël Cruz, Colin Gagné, Spike Wilner, DJ Pocket
Singer Alexandre Désilets and Frannie Holder
Guitar Serge Nakauchi-Pelletier & Benoit Landry
Video Teaser Olivier Tétreault