A Performance by Les Productions des pieds des mains

Under the direction of award-winning avant-garde choreographer Menka Nagrani, this dynamic Montreal-based dance-theatre company dives headfirst into one of the most controversial issues of our time. An explosion of dance, theatre, poetry and stop-motion animation, Pharmakon asks “What is the right dose for the right emotions, so we aren’t too afraid, so we smile just enough, so we don’t cry too much…”

“This ambitious, provocative and imaginative little company deserves to be seen across the country.” -Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm Buy TicketsTheatre Francais de Toronto

George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place)

$25 General Admission/$20 Students/PWD

The Company

Les Productions des pieds des mainsFounded by choreographer Menka Nagrani, Les Productions des pieds des mains is a socially committed company that features well-known actors and dancers alongside atypically cast artists, with a view to provoking thought on artistic and social issues. The interdisciplinary shows appeal to fans of both contemporary dance and experimental theatre.

The shows : Leçons [Lessons], L’Ombre [The Shadow], Le Temps des Marguerites . . . à la folie ou pas du tout! [Daisy Time: Loves Me, Loves Me Not!] and Pharmakon and short films—Leçons, le making-of [The Making of Lessons] and Le Songe chorégraphique de M. Malade [Mr. Patient’s Choreographic Dream] have been presented many times, not just in Montreal (Espace Tangente, Théâtre La Chapelle, cultural centres), but at international festivals in Ontario, Belgium, France and Japan.

In 2010, the company won the Janine Sutto Award. In 2011, Pharmakon won a social commitment award and an honourable mention for most remarkable production at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Quebec awards for emerging theatre. In 2012, founder Menka Nagrani received an award for her artistic achievements from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec [Quebec arts and letters council].

Menka Nagrani

Menka NagraniMenka Nagrani is a multidisciplinary artist who weaves together dance, theatre and music. She has studied classical piano and also enjoys singing and step dancing. She has danced for choreographers Marjolayne Auger, Karine Rathle and Marie-Soleil Pilette (including in the IV Games of La Francophonie, held in Lebanon). She has also toured Quebec as a performer and dancer with the travelling theatre company Le Cochon SouRiant. Menka seeks unique and socially engaged artistic adventures. She regularly directs and performs with the street theatre company Espace Forain and enjoys exploring the possibilities of working without the fourth wall.

She founded Les Productions des pieds des mains in 2004 and has since created several socially engaged dance-theatre productions. Leçons[Lessons], L’Ombre [The Shadow], Le Temps des Marguerites [Daisy Time] and Pharmakon have all been staged in Montreal (Espace Tangente, Théâtre La Chapelle and cultural centres), as well as in international festivals in France, Belgium and Japan. Le Temps des Marguerites was rated one of the four best dance theatre productions in Canada in 2007 by the dance critic forThe Globe and Mail. Pharmakon won a social commitment award and an honourable mention for most remarkable production at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Quebec awards for emerging theatre. Menka received the Janine Sutto Award in 2010 and an award from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec [Quebec arts and letters council] for her artistic achievements in 2012.

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