The weight of great speeches

“The speech conveying an experience is often more important than the experience itself,” author Bernard Werber once wrote. That’s exactly what I said to myself when discovering excerpts from the show To great evils, great speecheswhich will be launched this week, at Gesù.

The idea is simple, ultra-simple, even. And it simmered for years in the head of Luce Rozon, co-director, with her sister Lucie, of the production company Double Agents: building a show around the great speeches that have shaped our modern history.

Removed from the screens from which they have been coming to us for decades and from the tumult that most of the time accompanies them, these speeches reach our ears with incredible impact. What a luxury to be able to listen to a whole anthology in the tranquility of a performance hall.

Finally, we can welcome their weight, their grandiose flights and, sometimes, their poetry, other than through short extracts (often the same ones). Finally, we can savor each word and understand their meaning.


The actor Marc Béland

This pleasure comes through the performance of actors Dorothée Berryman, Marc Béland, Naïla Louidort and Martin-David Peters, who deliver these speeches in a bare and gray setting. It is in this no man’s land urban that the session director Marie Guibourt parades around twenty personalities who have in common having left a legacy of speeches of great power.

Among these characters, we find Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Georges Patton, Eli Wiesel, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gisèle Halimi, Simone Veil, Joséphine Baker, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Albert Camus, Malala Yousafzai, Hitler, Jacques Chirac, René Lévesque and Michèle Lalonde.


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