CHLORINE is a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a
boy-next-door named Nathan and the deep bond he forms with his neighbour, Sarah. Set in the Eastern Townships in the early 80s, this darkly comic play paints a poignant and refreshingly honest portrait of how profoundly we can be moved by someone living with a different ability.
Three young ballerinas provide a theatrical manifestation of Sarah’s buried dreams and a constant reminder that we are all so much more than we appear to be on the surface.
Based on an actual event, the title refers to the bullying incident which led to Sarah’s paralysis: when she was eight, two boys forced her to swallow chlorine. The chemical crystals burned her vocal cords, making her only form of communication the opening and closing of her eyes. At the onset of the play, it’s been almost a decade since Nathan has seen her and as he makes his way drunkenly home from a school dance, he wonders what has become of the girl everyone used to call “Lard Ass.” His questions are answered when Sarah’s father catches him urinating on their lawn and devises a penance of bi-weekly visits with his daughter. As the story unfolds, Nathan’s morbid fascination gives way to sincere curiosity, shifts gradually into camaraderie, grows into love, and ends finally, with redemption. Over the course of the teenagers’ friendship, Sarah’s parents come to realise the incident hasn’t arrested the development of their daughter’s mind and heart and the carefree little girl who went about singing the soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” has grown into a woman with more mature needs and desires.
Written & Choreographed by Florence Longpré & Nicolas Michon | Translated & Directed by Johanna Nutter |
Set & Costume Design BY Cathia Pagotto | Lighting Design and Technical DirectION BY Jody Burkholder | SOUND DESIGN BY GABRIEL LAVOIE-VIAU
Oct 24 Daily Hive, Toula Drimonis
Chlorine: When silence communicates life’s imperfect beauty
This past Saturday I forced myself to get dressed, leave my house, and make my way out on a truly miserable rainy night to the Centaur Theatre in Old Montreal to catch a play. After a taxing week, all I really wanted to...
Oct 14 Montreal Gazettte, Jim Burke
A paralyzed teenager in a wheelchair surrounded by three nimble ballet dancers: it’s a striking way to launch Johanna Nutter’s new company, creature/creature, the brief of which is to splice together different disciplines as well as to bring us “face to face with the other.”