30 minutes 13 years + English, French Available for touring

As Flesh Fades Away

Spectators are invited to put on a headset and listen to a fabled conversation from past audio recordings, between performer, Sara Moisan and her Father, Gatien Moisan, renowned artist-painter, who passed away in 2019 from brain cancer.

Through an autobiographical tale, she portrays the intimate relationship with her father’s pictorial works with tenderness and humour, on the meaning of the artist’s creations and profound motivations.

She also questions our relationship to the body, illness and death, in addition to the legacy left by the artist after his death. Inspired by the aesthetics of Moisan’s works, she retraces the painter’s familiar movements through live drawings, artistic video, marionettes and manipulated objects.

A moving and poetic segue between two generations of creators.

Creative Team
  • Text, direction and performance, Sara Moisan
  • Dramaturge and actor direction, Christian Ouellet
  • Motion advisor, Dany Lefrançois
  • Voice recording and sound design, Stéphane Boivin
  • Visual installation, Martin Gagnon
  • Lights and video footage, Alexandre Nadeau
  • Technical manager, Isabeau Côté and Alexandre Nadeau
  • Production manager, Marilyne Renaud
  • Production support, Valérie Essiambre
  • Graphics and photos, Patrick Simard
  • With the artistic works of , Gatien Moisan
  • Translation of the text into English, Denise Babin
Review excerpt
  • “The new creation from the theatre, La Tortue Noire, As Flesh Fades Away, represents a testimony that is both captivating and moving, it’s the equivalent of a letter of endearment between a daughter and her father.” - LE QUOTIDIEN, Daniel Côté, Canada
  • “An extremely creative piece, very sensitive, which asks questions about the creative gesture. It’s full of inventiveness. I really liked it.” – RADIO-CANADA, Boran Richard, Canada
  • “Lessons in life, lessons in death, lessons in the theatre. As Flesh Fades Away is a production that presents as a gift. Unexpected and invaluable. ” - LE QUOTIDIEN, Daniel Côté, Canada
Presentation history
  • 2022

    Casteliers Festival / Oboro, Montreal, March 2022

    Flashe Fête, Alma, April 2022

  • 2021

    Festival international des arts de la marionnette à Saguenay (FIAMS), July 2021

    Salle Marguerite-Tellier, Saguenay, Octobre 2021

    Salle Murdock, Saguenay, Octobre 2021

  • For their support during the creation of this play, La Tortue Noire would like to thank the Canada Art Council, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, the Saguenay Art Council, the City of Saguenay and BANG art now centre.

Prochaines représentations

  • Il n'y a aucune représentation pour le moment.
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Trailer (Only available in french actually)

Upcoming events

4 AU 5 February 2024

Un Gamin au jardin

Côté-Scène, Sherbrooke

  • Sunday 04 February à 14h00
4 AU 5 February 2024

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Côté-Scène, Sherbrooke

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17 AU 19 January 2024

Un Gamin au jardin (Représentations scolaires)

Petit théâtre de l’Uqac