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Stage echoes | Philippe Racine: discovering a mannequin in Basquiat

Some conferences are marked with a white stone. For Philippe Racine, the encounter with the work of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat is undoubtedly considered one of them.

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Stephanie Morin

Stephanie Morin
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The actor, playwright and director remembers: “A pal who studied artwork at college launched me to Basquiat. It was a revelation! I began studying all about his life and shortly I felt a kinship with him. »

For the younger man of Haitian descent, born in Rouyn-Noranda and raised in Joliette, the New York painter with a stunning type has change into one thing of a mannequin. “After I was youthful, I could not discover black position fashions in Quebec to determine with. Basquiat has change into a reference. Like him, I used to be a younger man offended at life. Like him, I wished to channel this anger into an artwork that’s political and dedicated. And like him, I admired the good American black figures like Muhammad Ali or Jackie Robinson. »

It ought to subsequently come as no shock that the shadow of the long-lasting painter hangs over the piece that Philippe Racine has been carrying round in his bins for nearly 20 years and that he might be presenting from 13 September within the Jean-Claude-Germain Room. the Heart du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. His title: That is a Basquiat.

As quickly as I entered the conservatory in 2000, I began writing about Basquiat. Automated writing, a bit of scattered…

Philippe Racine

Later, two occasions that shocked me tremendously compelled me to place extra rigor into the undertaking: the Fredy Villanueva affair and the dying of Alain Magloire, this homeless man who suffered from psychological sickness and was murdered by the police for being a hammer in his fingers,” he continued.

In his piece, his first solo, Philippe Racine provides the ground to Sammy, a Montreal graffiti artist who is obtainable a big sum to color counterfeit Basquiat canvases. This provide will upset the delicate stability that prevails within the existence of the ‘younger road poet’ who’s compelled to plunge into the painter’s torn universe. “Sammy is a bit just like the younger grownup I used to be, although I distanced myself from this alter ego at 46,” says Philippe Racine.

An icon by means of his works

Quite than dwell on the lifetime of the avant-garde Basquiat, Philippe Racine selected to attract inspiration from his work to put in writing this “non-linear” piece that unfolds scene by scene.

I wished to get away from the easy biopic and I wished folks to transcend the cliché we product of Basquiat. He’s a painter that you need to study to decipher, particularly in terms of racism or the seek for id. On these subjects it’s needed to determine a dialogue and it is because of this that I break the fourth wall to deal with the general public.

Philippe Racine

For this present, Philippe Racine might be alone on stage. Or nearly. The stage supervisor and lighting designer Valérie Bourque generally takes the stage the place the actor mixes textual content, unique stay music and visible artwork.

Do that you must know Basquiat to delve into this work? Philippe Racine swears not. “The piece tells of Sammy’s quest and the affect a job mannequin can have on somebody who’s looking for their id. It is Sammy’s story and it is a bit of bit mine too. Within the piece, I ponder: Might I’ve been a Basquiat and, like him, have ended up useless of a heroin overdose on the age of 27? For, in spite of everything, I carry inside me the identical artistic hearth, the identical hearth in relation to injustice. »

indignant What’s a Basquiatone other undertaking led by Philippe Racine is on stage this Tuesday on the Théâtre de Quat’Sous: My title is Muhammad Ali, which he based along with his companions from the Théâtre de la Sentinelle, Lyndz Dantiste and Tatiana Zinga Botao. This piece, wherein 9 Afro-descendants come collectively, is passionate concerning the wrestle of the black actor within the West. “It was a dream for me to direct these very proficient actors. An important solidarity has developed between us. We frequently meet at a distance with out ever having the ability to work collectively, as a result of we all the time audition for a similar position, which is meant for a black actor…”

What’s a Basquiatfrom September 13 to 1er October within the Jean-Claude-Germain room of the Heart du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui

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