Le Recours aux Fôrets. Photo by Tristan Jeanne-Valès.
This week’s performing arts scene is all over the place, promising a little something for everyone.
The three headlining acts of the Montreal Flamenco Festival (FFlaM) make their appearance this week. 3X4 Las Comadres turn up the heat on Wednesday, the Andalusian D’ArT company plays the Rialto on Thursday, while Friday brings Sello to Cabaret du Mile End, featuring a rare performance by female flamenco guitarist Caroline Planté. While Montreal’s flamenco scene tends to find inspiration in contemporary dance, this festival’s line-up embraces a more traditional style. Las Comrades 3X4 play Cabaret du Mile End (5240 Parc), Sept. 11, 8 p.m., $20. D’ArT plays the Rialto Theatre (5723 Parc), Sept. 12, 8 p.m., $35. Sello is at Cabaret du Mile End, Sept. 13, 8 p.m., $32.50.
At Usine C, Le Recours aux Forêts is a multi-artist collaboration from Normandy brought to us by the Les escales improbables festival. Dance, spoken word and 3-D film are knit together under the auspices of playwright and director Jean Lambert-wild, along with filmmaker François Royet, composer Jean Luc Therminarias, anarchist poet Michel Onfray and American-French choreographer Carolyn Carlson. Using 3-D film and water, the piece encourages respect towards the earth. Finnish poet and dancer Juha Marsalo plays the central role of the Rebel, an escapee from the world of men who takes refuge in the forests to live out a free life. Usine C (1345 Lalonde), Sept. 10–14, 8 p.m., $28–$35.
Carolyn Marie Souaid and Endre Farkas curate and host Language Matters (The Show), a book launch and performance at Bain St-Michel. The book contains interviews with 22 poets from Montreal’s English-language poetry scene. The launch-vernissage includes music, mysterious live acts and the world premiere of a video-poem entitled “Language Cops.” Sept 10, Bain St. Michel (5300 St-Dominique), 7:30 p.m., free.
After a seven month hiatus, DeAnne Smith and Al Lafrance resurrect Let’s Do This, their popular semi-monthly comedy series in conjunction with Bloody Underrated. The theme this time is oh-so-appropriate for September: Get Schooled. Let Mike Carrozza, Jason Hatrick and others help ease the transition back to the books. Sept. 12, Mainline Theatre (3997 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $5.
Blue Light Burlesque has been part of Montreal’s scene since October 2004, and they kick off the 2013–’14 season with a new show, All Aboard, at Café Campus. The event is also a bit of a celebration party, as headmistress of the troupe Mlle Oui Oui Encore will be inducted into the Canadian Burlesque Hall of Fame in Toronto the following day. Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur E.), Sept. 14., 8 p.m., $20 in advance, $27.50 at the door. ■