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CONSTITUONS! is a unique new theatre project that invites Quebecers to join a citizen-led constituent assembly run by Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) to fulfill a tall order: to draft a constitution for Quebec.
CONSTITUONS! grew out of the desire to foster open dialogue with all Quebecers around fundamental questions: Who are we? What do we want? How will we get there? The concept is premised on the notion that the theatre can be transformed from a place of mere entertainment into a veritable agora in the original Greek meaning of the word: a centre of social and civic life. It is a theatre project in two parts. An initial series of constituent assemblies held across Quebec will serve as the raw material for the second part, a play inspired by this process of collectively drafting a constitution. By breaking down the barriers between theatre, community and politics, CONSTITUONS! is a compelling example of the emerging documentary theatre genre.
The initiative is designed to move this historically fraught political challenge into a non-partisan arena. Launched in May 2018, CONSTITUONS! is a creation of Carte Blanche and Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, and it is co-produced with Festival TransAmériques and 8 theatres representing regions in Quebec: STO Union (Outaouais), Théâtre du Tandem (Abitibi-Témiscamingue), Théâtre des Gens d’en bas (Bas-St-Laurent), Théâtre Parminou (Centre-du-Québec), Espace K Théâtre (Côte-Nord), Théâtre du Double Signe (Estrie), Théâtre À tour de rôle (Gaspésie), Théâtre de la Rubrique (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean), and co-presented by Théâtre Périscope (Capitale-Nationale).
“CONSTITUONS! Outaouais CONSTITUTIONS!” hosted by STO Union and orchestrated by INM, will be the only bilingual constituent assembly in the project and held at Centre Wakefield La Pêche February 18 2019 from 6:30-9:30pm.
CONSTITUONS! premieres at Festival TransAmériques in Spring 2019. In fall 2019, the play CONSTITUONS! will tour Quebec and STO Union will present it in the Outaouais followed by an artist talk after the show.
February Update from Carte Blanche: “The whirlwind CONSTITUONS! tour ended February 20th with the last regional forum in Jonquière.
In total close to 2,500 contributions were made to the project:
• 254 participants in 10 citizen forums across Québec: Baie-Comeau, Le Bic, Carleton-sur-Mer, Montréal, Longueuil, Québec, Rouyn-Noranda, Sherbrooke, Wakefield et Jonquière);
• 2163 online respondents to the questionnaire
• 43 submissions to our call public call for briefs
We are delighted with the response and with the richness of the contributions we have received. We are now proceeding to an analysis of the results and drafting the report on the consultations, that we hope to share with you as soon as possible. This text will be an important resource to reflect upon in view of the next constitutional Assembly and towards the writing of a constitution.”