M. Ratichon..

dans La vie est un match

Mr. Ratichon is a perfectly content man, and his happiness runs like clockwork: 7:21 a.m. coffee, 8:02 a.m. newspaper, 10:10 a.m. nothing… He shares his happiness with Piquantpaspiquant, his pet cactus. But one day, while flipping through the latest issue of Men’s Fitness, a magazine devoted to physical fitness training, he discovers a source of previously unimaginable pleasure: his body. All he wants to do now is dive, shoot, jump, throw and most of all win, because for Mr. Ratichon, life has become a competition, even when he doesn’t have anyone to compete against.

While acknowledging his clowning influences (Chaplin, Tati, Mr. Bean), Marc Mauduit questions the value placed on performance and pushing one’s limits. In this show, essentially without words, he reveals a very personal world where humour and poetry live silently side by side.

Dramaturgy and performance: Marc Mauduit
Director: Francis Monty
Musician: Ludovic Bonnier
Set: Magalie Amyot
Lighting: Martin Gagné

– Nominated for best sound design at the Gala des Masques (2006)

La vie est un match
“… very effective and extraordinarily creative theatre performance. It goes far beyond the typical one-man show and we get a real sense of the demanding teamwork behind the scenes.”
Voir-Montréal, November 2005

“Beautifully poetic (…), a moving performance like a silent movie found under a pile of Rambo and Godzilla film reels.”
Ici, November 2005

“The poetry of La vie est un match is a double-edged sword. While it is comforting compared to more realistic shows, it is also a powerful reminder that our own lives are conventional and rather trivial.”
La Presse, November 2005

“La Pire Espèce presents a clownlike show, without words, that is funny and exuberant.”
Radio-Canada, November 2005

Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montréal, Québec)

Théâtre La Licorne (Montréal, Québec)

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