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Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue – 11th Edition
26 August au 10 September 2022


The last two years have allowed us to reinvent ourselves and adapt.

This summer, we can finally find each other, reconnect, laugh and dream, together.


What to expect:

On Fridays and Saturdays from August 26 to September 3, 2022,  Promenade Wellington will come alive with all kinds of puppets that will amaze young and old alike: inhabited puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets, exhibitions,… abundant offer that promises emotions and laughter in no time!

14 companies from Quebec and 2 from abroad will perform on the street in addition to the 4 companies that will perform at Quai 5160.


Focused on short-lived puppet shows, the festival will feature more than 20 performances spread across venues and parks adjacent to Promenade Wellington. The companies will present a variety of creations free of charge that will amaze and make young and old alike dream. The closing show will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Quai 5160 at a cost of $7. Tickets HERE

Opening hours

On Fridays and Saturdays from August 26 to September 3, 2022 on Promenade Wellington, open your eyes wide and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the 11th edition of the Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue!

- Metro de l'Eglise
- Ethel parking lot, between de l’Église and Hickson streets (access via Ethel street and pedestrian exit on Wellington street)
- Parking at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Wellington Street
- Parking at the corner of Gordon and Wellington streets

FREE (except the closing show at QUAI 5160)
* Please note that times may vary slightly. Thank you for your understanding.

Programming per day
Continuous | From August 26th to September 10th
Ongoing exhibition

In the windows of :
Harricana - 3697 Wellington
Aeroport Voyage -
3767 Wellington
Librairie de Verdun - 4750 Wellington
Brock-Art - 4835 Wellington
Quai 5160 - 5160 Boulevard LaSalle

Audience: for all

The 2021-2022 season marks the 20th anniversary of Motus! Two decades of adventures and encounters with children and their families through the art of puppetry. This anniversary is a great opportunity to share with you the treasures accumulated throughout these years of creation and touring!

After having traveled the world and played in several languages, all our puppets gather in the windows of the shops of the Well for a great exhibition! Come celebrate with us by browsing through the various works that have marked the history of Motus.

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Andrea Calderon Stephens -
Ongoing exhibition

Between 4th and 5th Avenue

Audience: for all

Series of photographs that bear witness to the work of Mexican puppeteers Yuliana Menes, Iker Vicente, Jacqueline Serafin, Yvonne Dorantes, Abraham Baños, Kaleb Oceguera and Carolina Pimentel.

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Friday, September 2, 2022
6:30 p.m. (duration 60 min)

Strolling and fixed shows:
Departure 6:30 p.m. in front of Jean Coutu - 4061 Wellington | International artist 💛

Audience: for all

The last donkey in the world is dead. A solemn procession is organized to honor his memory... but the funeral is abruptly interrupted by an unexpected event which gives rise to the reliving of the most important moments of his life.

*Mobile show

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8 p.m. (duration of 30 min)

Strolling - Departure at 8:00 p.m. at 3rd Ave. | Cabane Panache s'invite au Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue 💛

Audience: for all

In the city center, in an urban environment, in a neighborhood of condo buildings or in the parking lot of a CHSLD, this majestic Moose appears. He walks and carries with him the sounds, the essence and the smells of nature. During this event we live with Borée the four seasons on the level of sound as well as visual, olfactory and poetic. He moves quietly; on the lookout, he enters a new world. He tries to find his place in the middle of this invasive concrete and the few small pieces of greenery reminding him of his natural habitat.

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
LAMBE LAMBE & CO - Alice au pays des merveilles en cabinet
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 16 p.m. to 5 p.m. (continuous shows)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in front of Maçonnerie Gratton - 3729 Wellington and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in front of Lili & Oli - 4554 Wellington | DESS graduates 💛

Audience: For all

The Cabinetttes contain 4 puppet stories that last the instant of a song. Just sit in front of their little window to see a micro-story unfold like a fantastic landscape.

The Cabinette is a form of miniature puppet theater inspired by the Brazilian Lambe-Lambe, which
present in a portable box placed in the public space. This intimate formula offers a moment of sharing between the performers and the spectator.

Noe Cropsal - Ti-Gus Magicien
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. et 1 p.m. (duration 25 min)

Land of the Epiphany Church | 4322 Wellington

Audience: For all | 50 people per performance

Throughout the summer, Ti-Gus rehearsed his new show! It's that this time ends the nonsense! We do not laugh with magic, it's serious! Whether it's hot or cold, rain or shine, nothing will stop it! He will present his show at all costs! All you have to do is come and applaud him... or boo him!

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Sandrine Thibout - Cocon Bonheur
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Continuous installation)

Madelinots Park | Price OUF-FMPR 2022 💛

Audience: For all

“Cocon” is a puppet installation at the heart of which
the public is invited to play. It's an upside-down world, a bubble of comfort to share in
family or friends. To enter this nest is to give yourself a time of rest and exchanges.

Photo: Jasmine Allan-Cote

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Théatre des Petites âmes - Le jardin des petites âmes
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rotating show)

Land of the Presbytery | 💛 Favorite 2019

Audience: 1 to 6 years old | 15 children and their adults at a time

The Théâtre des Petites Âmes invites you to come and explore a garden where children can touch everything. The children will be able to discover at their own pace a bridge with bells, a bamboo forest, a boat to cross the lake of dreams, a bird that does not take water, a vegetable garden of dancing flowers or even a singing turtle.

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Les Chasseurs de rêves - Les Oiseaux
2:30 to 3:15 pm

Wandering : Departure from Galt

Audience: For all

Welcome to the Bird Ball!

Large and graceful birds, escaped from a lost paradise, invite us to enter their dance. They hypnotize us and carry us away in a whirlwind of beauty, poetry and magic! These birds of passage, emerging from a dreamlike world, stimulate the desire to follow them, to play with them, to swim in the atmosphere of their chimerical world.

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Saturday September 10, 2022 | CLOSING SHOWS
11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Quai 5160 - Maison de la culture de Verdun | Closing show 💛

Audience: From 4 years old | By reservation only. Ticket office from August 8. $7

A green leaf growing on a dead branch, bits of wood forming strange creatures, sometimes hostile, sometimes funny...
It is a visual poetry that makes us discover a curious world that surprises, surprises, inspires, but also makes us think and question ourselves.
Faithful to its artistic approach, Puzzle Théâtre is once again inspired by a new material to create an atypical puppet show, colorful, full of humor and unexpected situations.

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Friday, August 26, 2022
Les Sages Fous - Petits pains oubliés
4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (duration 25 min)

Parc des Madelinots | International artist 💛 In partnership with the Festival Casteliers

Audience: 7 years and over | | 20 people per visit

For the first time in Quebec, in partnership with Les Sages Fous, new excavations were carried out on Quebec territory. An astonishing civilization which, even before the Vikings, would have crossed the Atlantic aboard boats made of puff pastry and sealed with a mortar made from whipped cream. A whole system of barter would thus have developed around the dry biscuit, of which the nations of the Saint-Laurent valley were, it seems, particularly fond. These fundamental discoveries for the history of our continent will be presented for the first time in America. Two puppet theater companies have come together to present this fascinating exhibition.

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Toxique Trottoir - Le chant de l'arbre
5 p.m., 7 p.m. (duration 30 min)

Wandering between Regina Street and 6th Avenue | Departure times may vary

Audience: for all

Three woodland characters, creators of oxygen and in direct descent from the trees, bring a wave of green to the Well, a powerful radiance of air and leaves. Between dance, songs and short stories, they will communicate the power of life in motion and the need to take care of woods and forests.

The sounds of all nature gravitate around them without anyone ever knowing where they come from: from that branch up there or from that one over there. Passers-by stroll under the canopy where the trees whisper with the birds the sweet tales of full moon nights.

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Synthèse Additive - Vagues
7 p.m.

Quai 5160 - Maison de la culture de Verdun | DESS graduate 💛 | Free on site - $2 online

Audience: for all

On the border between documentary, movement and object, VAGUES invites you to descend into the intimacy of water.

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Verdandi Théâtre - L'éternité des fleurs
7 p.m.

Quai 5160 - Maison de la culture de Verdun | DESS graduate 💛 | Free on site - $2 online

Audience: for all

What is time, this invisible force that keeps us going in life? Can we change the rules of time, or choose how we perceive it? Are we finally as eternal as he is? The Eternity of Flowers is the story of a dying young child and an old lady who together attempt to go through an entire life in a single day.

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Saturday August 27, 2022
Théâtre Inattendu - Napoléon et Colomban
10 a.m., 11 a.m. (duration 25 min)

Parc des Madelinots

Audience: for all | 50 people per performance

Napoleon and Colomban work in the maintenance department for streets, alleys and sidewalks. They sweep, pick up all kinds of waste, from the most common to the most unusual. Napoleon has years of experience and knows the workings of the trade well. Colomban is his lazy and moody apprentice.

This short form of commedia dell'arte includes dance, music, puppetry and object theatre.

It is intended as a comic reflection on the futility of work and the usefulness of artistic expression.

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La Petite Valise Théâtre - Les Trottinotes en Marionnettes
2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.(duration 40 min)

Parc des Madelinots

Audience: 2 to 5 years old | 70 people per performance

A garden is like friendship, that
talks. Caro Carotte wants to thank her rabbit friend for inspiring her to create her garden.
A scooter in a vegetable patch, he's sure going to love it!
But tastes... can they be cultivated? What will happen if bunny says, "I don't like it.”?

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Collectif Mylène Leboeuf-Gagné et Serge Bonin - Pantition
12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. (duration 15 min

Public square - In front of the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church

Audience: for all | 120 people per performance

Pantition is a festive and clownish show for the whole family. It features a haughty Diva, eager to present her talents as a pianist and a tuner
piano which prepares him a nice surprise...

When the piano opens, the diva discovers, at the same time as the spectators, the
group of puppet musicians hiding there. The prideful diva tries to activate all
the characters at the same time, but will have to resolve to ask for help from
its tuner.

On a festive jazz melody, and through several comical situations, the show
puppets take shape under the eyes of the duo of pianists and the amazed public
by this technical and creative prowess.

Imagicario - La Marionnette habitée, Du concept à la vie
11 a.m., 2 p.m. (duration 45 to 60 min)

Presbytery grounds

Public: for all (recommended from 7 years old) | 60 people per performance

This cultural mediation activity is an opportunity to discover all the little secrets of design, manufacture and handling...

During this meeting of 45 to 60 minutes intended for an audience of all ages, the artists will make the complete assembly of a puppet. Participants will discover the stages of the puppeteer's work, the mechanisms that make possible the movements of their characters, their approach in live art (how the puppet moves and expresses itself in open space) and the journey as multidisciplinary artists.

There will also be a question period at the end to create an inspiring and creative discussion.

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Magali Chouinard - Âmes Soeurs
12 p.m., 4 p.m. (duration 45 min)

Strolling and fixed show: 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Madelinots park and 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the park of the presbytery of the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church.

Audience: for all

Through her puppet works, Magali explores the presence, movement and interiority of the characters she creates. With the Ambulation Souls Sisters, Magali enters the body and the gaze of the Child to express her admirable ability to live in the moment, to be in the joy of meeting and playing.
At the Festival de marionnettes plein la rue, Magali presents her stroll as part of a trilogy currently being created.

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