“I was very happy. It was really a nice surprise. ” This is how scenographer Odile Gamache describes her reaction when she was awarded the Françoise-Graton Prize.
Presented by the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, this prize rewards one or more artists whose work or performance daringly combines art and education and which has been presented at the Salle Denise-Pelletier or the Salle Fred-Barry.
Odile Gamache received the Françoise-Graton Prize for her work on the play The weight of ants, addressing eco-anxiety in young people. It was the first time she had participated in a theatrical creation for teenagers.
“It was a play that had a lot of challenges, a lot of places. We worked really hard to achieve this result in collaboration with the director Philippe Cyr. ” – Odile Gamache, scenographer
The jury awarded this prize to Odile Gamache for her “daring and decisive scenography on the whole of a light show. […] in total symbiosis with the author’s political farce and the delusional staging […] for this rare and disturbing balance between lightness and depth ”, we can read in the press release from Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.
The weight of ants was his sixth collaboration with Philippe Cyr, the first being I like Hydro in 2016. The scenographer has since developed a strong bond with the director.
“We really work closely,” she says. We have to write to each other every day about the scenography, the staging and the lighting. We really work hand in hand. ”
Odile Gamache did a double DEC in pure sciences and plastic art, leading her at first to focus on architecture, but quickly, she realized that her passion lay elsewhere.
“After a visit to the National Theater School, I realized that the narrative, lyrical and poetic aspect, absent in architecture, mobilized me more. I threw myself into it and I did not regret a second, ”she says, laughing.
Since 2013, Odile Gamache has worked on around fifty theater and dance productions. The pandemic obviously had an impact on its productivity.
She had to deal with a lot of postponements and a lot of uncertainties. There have also been many changes to adapt a show to new venues or webcasts.
“It’s more of a mess,” she says. What saved me during the pandemic was a grant in scenographic creation for the project The shop which I also do with Philippe Cyr. ”
This reflection on this social and commercial place was designed to be a show produced on stage without text or actor, which is ideal for the pandemic situation. The closing of the rooms nevertheless put a brake on the project.
In order to maintain its theatrical aspect, the two artists prefer to wait for the end of the confinement instead of making a capture. In the meantime, they have decided to transpose their store project to a “poetic online store, with small capsules, small extracts from our theater show, but adapted.”
Odile Gamache explains that there are still several details to tie up with their partners, but if all goes well, The shop virtual version should be online by this spring.