Just Words (Juste de Mots)

Les Productions Figlio

Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words sketches a portrait in words and movement of both the profound and happy characteristics that shape an artistic life.

Told through movement and poetry by Serge Bennathan, with powerful dance artists Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell, Just Words invites you into the life journey of an artist – a tale that weaves a colorful quilt of vitality, tears and laughter.


Founded in 2007 by artistic director and choreographer Serge Bennathan, Les Productions Figlio is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver.

In the repertoire of Les Productions Figlio are: The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch, Manga (2007),Slam for a Time Traveller (2008), The Strange Adventure of Myself (2009), Conversations (2011).
Elles, winner of the 2012 Rio Tinto Alcan Award, premiered in 2012, M.Auburtin in 2015, and in 2016 Bennathan created Just Words (Just de Mots).

Les Productions Figlio is committed to creating challenging works that take creative risks. The art of this organization invites the audience on a journey; artistic director Serge Bennathan’s work challenges them to question our collective ideas of what it means to make a work of dance. For this reason the work of the organization does not rest easily within existing disciplines; the work integrates elements of many art forms, from poetry, visual media to theatre and dance.

Serge Bennathan – Writer, choreographer, and performer

Hilary Maxwell – Performer
Karissa Barry – Performer
Bertrand Chénier – Composer/Live accompanist
James Proudfoot – Lighting Designer

During ten years Les Productions Figlio has had great success in establishing itself in Vancouver’s performance community. Like other past productions of Les Productions Figlio, Just Words will integrate elements of many art forms – poetry, theatre and dance.

Les Productions Figlio will incorporate a series of outreach initiatives such as script readings and workshops.

Post-performance talks and reading of poetries and other text around the piece will take place in the Lobby.

  • Title of Work: Just Words (Juste de Mots)
  • Premiere Date and Venue/Location: April 27 2017, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver BC
  • This project is a: Full-Length Work (Mainstage, General Audience)
  • Length in Minutes (including intermission): 70 minutes
  • Is there an intermission: TBD
  • Number of Performers on Tour: 3
  • Number of Support Staff on Tour: 2
  • Per-Performance Fee Range: $2500-5000
  • Available to Tour (Season): 2017/18 Season, 2018/19 Season

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Informations complémentaires

  • Minimum stage size: 40’ wide by 30 deep
  • Marley floor
  • Masking: depends on the theatre

17-18 October 2015, excerpt at Fluid festival, Calgary
7-8 July, work-in-progress at Dancing On The edge, Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver)
29 September-1 October, Ottawa Dance Directive ODD (Ottawa)
6-8 October 2017, The Citadel (Toronto)


Contact Information/Coordonnées

Company Name / Nom de la compagnie
Les Productions Figlio
Address / Adresse
104 – 336 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada    V5T 4R6
Indigenous Territory
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh
Contact Person / Personne-ressource
Francesca Piscopo (Eponymous)
Phone / Téléphone
(604) 683 6552
Email / Courriel

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