Gurshad Shaheman, Dany Boudreault

Sur tes traces

Théâtre de la Bastille
septembersept 23 - october – oct 23

French premiere


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Théâtre de la Bastille

Monday september 23


Tuesday september 24


Wednesday september 25


Friday september 27


Saturday september 28


Monday september 30


Tuesday october 1


Wednesday october 2


Thursday october 3


Friday october 4


Written, directed and performed by Gurshad Shaheman, Dany Boudreault. Assistant director Renaud Soublière. Sound design Lucien Gaudion. Set design Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy. Lighting design Julie Basse assisted by Joëlle Leblanc. Dramaturgy Youness Anzane, Maxime Carbonneau. Stage management and technical direction Pierre-Eric Vives. Costumes Bastien Poncelet. Dany Boudreault's interpreter in Turkey Saeed Mirzaei. Transcription of testimonies Khadija Fadhel. Administration Emma Garzaro. Production management Julie Kretzschmar (Europe), Jérémie Boucher (Québec). Distribution Anouk Peytavin.

Production La Ligne d’Ombre et La Messe Basse (Montreal) 
Delegated production Les Rencontres à l’échelle – Bancs Publics, resident structure of la Friche la Belle de Mai 
Coproduction FTA – Festival TransAmériques (Montreal) ; Maison de la culture d’Amiens ; CCAM Scène nationale de Vandœuvre ; Théâtre Les Tanneurs (Brussels) ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; Le Manège Maubeuge – Scène nationale transfrontalière ; Le Quai – CDN Angers Pays de la Loire ; Théâtre de la Bastille ; Théâtre Prospero (Montreal) ; Festival d’Automne à Paris
With the support of the Drac Hauts-de-France – ministère de la Culture, Région Hauts-de-France, of the Conseil des arts et des lettres (Québec), of the Conseil des arts du Canada ; of the Fondation Cole, of the Conseil des arts de Montréal and of the Spedidam 
Residence Le Phénix scène nationale Valenciennes

The Théâtre de la Bastille and the Festival d'Automne à Paris are co-producers and present this show as a co-realisation. 

The piece takes us a road-trip in the form of a double portrait involving two destinies, namely those of Gurshad Shaheman born in Iran, and Dany Boudreault in Quebec. Authors, directors and performers, the two artists got to know each other in Europe. Here, each of them sets off in search of their respective pasts.

Growing up in Iran, France and Quebec, Gurshad Shaheman and Dany Boudreault spent their childhoods thousands of kilometers apart. Despite this, there are a number of bridges that clearly join their different artistic journeys together, in particular their exploration of our innermost lives throughout history via self-narration, awareness of marginalized voices, the body, and sexual identity as a political space. Gurshad and Dany made a pact in Sarajevo. Kitted out with a list of names and places, each of them set out to follow in the footsteps of the other, discovering a host of long-since forgotten realities along the way. Two figures which quickly emerge during their investigations are those of a beaver hunter and a young man called to the front during the Iran-Iraq war. As their journey progresses, the bond between the two protagonists becomes increasingly interwoven and dense. Equipped with headphones, the audience navigates between the two stories. Indeed, the audience has to make a choice. The experience of this piece opposes the power of the encounter to the fractures that tear the East and the West apart.