by Estelle Rosen
Born in Montreal in 1972, Sylvain Bélanger studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada. He is a founding member of Théâtre du Grand Jour and has been the artistic director of the company since its inception in 1999. As a director and playwright, he uses theatre to question the individual’s accountability in our “end of history” era where many of the underlying structures of modernity have collapsed. He has directed Joan MacLeod’s Cette fille-là (The Shape of a Girl), Bernard Lagier’s Moi chien créole (presented at the Comédie-Française) and, for Théâtre de la Manufacture, Olivier Choinière’s Félicité and David Greig's Yellow Moon. Since September 2012, he is the artistic director of Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui.CHARPO: I understand the essence of Billy questions the vacuousness of prejudicial stereotyping. What was the motivation to produce this play?
I think that this country is, for many reasons, static and inefficient. And I think that collective responsibility is impossible to achieve when you shout with anger everywhere and at everyone, including the system, without working on a possible solution. The system is representing us and we have the absolute power to change it. People in this play are paid and live on a system that they constantly criticize without doing anything to change it. So I think they put themselves in the victim's position. People are fully responsible for the role they chose to play. We should always be free to be a factor of change and progress.
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