LES FILLES DU ROI - A NEW CANADIAN MUSICAL BY COREY PAYETTE & JULIE MCISAAC
A FUGUE THEATRE/RAVEN THEATRE PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH URBAN INK AND THE CULTCH
MAY 15-27 AT THE YORK THEATRE, COMMERCIAL DRIVE IN VANCOUVER
Les Filles du roi is a gorgeous new trilingual musical written in English, French, and Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) from the creators of last season’s groundbreaking Children of God. The powerful story of Kateri, a young Mohawk girl, and her brother Jean-Baptiste whose lives are disrupted upon the arrival of les filles du roi in 1665. They forge an unlikely relationship with young fille Marie-Jeanne Lespérance – whose dream of a new life are more complicated than she could have imagined. Over the course of a year, Mohawk, French and English journeys collide setting the stage for the Canada we know today. Payette’s music connects the heartbeat of the drum and the soaring voices of our female ancestors in a thrilling contemporary score, weaving three languages and rivaling the beauty of Canada’s most stunning landscapes.
Fugue Theatre has commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Indigenous sovereignty. The project draws on the writers’ personal connections to their French and Indigenous heritage, historical research and cultural collaboration with Mohawk community.
Check out this interview with co-writers Julie and Corey about the creation process.
Tickets are available through thecultch.com