Playing Hooky

A co-production of PPS Danse and DansEncorps (Moncton, N.B.)

A meeting of dance and song (age 4 and up)

Dedicated to the poetic universe of Jacques Prévert, Pierre-Paul Savoie’s new creation is called Playing Hooky (French title: L’École buissonnière).

Through a cycle of song and dance celebrating childhood and its effervescent imagination, Playing Hooky takes place in the playground and classroom, finding what’s fun and poetic for some kids but also a marginality for others. The lively, light-hearted choreography spurs the quartet of versatile dancers to sing too.

For this project, Pierre-Paul Savoie continues his fruitful collaboration with composer Benoît Côté who wrote the music for Tales for Naughty Children and The Chairs. Based on poems and texts by Jacques Prévert, Côté’s original music for Playing Hooky will be performed by singers Alexandre Désilets and Amylie.

Production Credits

  • Texts: Jacques Prévert
  • Conception, staging and choreography: Pierre-Paul Savoie
  • Dramaturgy: Lise Vaillancourt
  • Music: Benoît Côté
  • Performers (Québec cast): Mathilde Addy-Laird, Dany Desjardins, Amélie Rajotte, Chantal Beaudin
  • Performers (Acadian cast): Chantal Cadieux, Chantal Baudoin.
  • Stage set and lighting: Jocelyn Proulx
  • Costumes: Linda Brunelle
  • Length: 50 minutes
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