How do we behave when no one is looking? What are the benefits of solitude? What are the toxic effects of loneliness? At its core, LE CONCIERGE is about a blue-collar worker in search of a human connection.
You arrive at a school late at night, joining an intimate group of participants in the foyer. A man appears at the end of the hallway and without saying a word, he subtly beckons you to follow him. By seeing his uniform, you suspect he’s the custodian working the graveyard shift. He will guide you through an immersive journey where you will witness all of his attempts to stay awake and motivated, all of the ways he entertains himself and all of his efforts to keep his sanity during his graveyard shift. His loneliness will reveal his vices and virtues, his obsessions, his dreams and his nightmares.
But the later it gets into the evening, the deeper you go into his dream-like world. The school slowly transforms into a frightening and surreal void. The caretaker’s world distorts itself into an inconceivable nightmare and participants will be confronted to reflect on the role of the working class as well as the effects of loneliness on today’s society.
Conceived and Interpreted by: Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin
Co-created by: Daniele Bartolini and Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin
Directed by: Daniele Bartolini
Sound Design: Andrea Gozzi
Lighting Design: Sarah Mansikka
Set and Costume Design: Melanie McNeill
Production Manager: Melanie Hall
Technical Director: Remington North
Technician: Geoffrey Armour, Chin Palipane
Stage Management: Christoph Ibrahim
A coproduction between Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin,
Théâtre français de Toronto, In association with DopoLavoro Teatrale And Le collectif du concierge
march 6-26 2023
Le Concierge is made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Arts Council, the Paulette Gagnon Award (la Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada), Théâtre Action, and Theatre Smith-Gilmour (OAC Recommender Grant).