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  • Director and Design
    Robert Lepage
  • Creative Director and Design
    Steve Blanchet
  • Musical Direction, Orchestration and Design
    Betty Bonifassi
  • Assistant director and stage manager
    Francis Beaulieu
  • Performance
    Betty Bonifassi
    Myriam Fournier
    Sharon James
    Estelle Richard
    Élisabeth Sirois
    Audrée Southière
    Kattia Thony
  • Associate Set Designer
    Christian Fontaine
  • Sound Designer
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Assisted by
    Mathieu Doyon
  • Lighting Designer
    Lucie Bazzo
  • Costume Designer
    François St-Aubin
  • Associate Image Designer
    David Leclerc
  • Production Director
    Marie-Pierre Gagnée
  • Assistant to the Production Director
    Véronique St-Jacques
  • Technical Director
    Paul Bourque
  • Assistant Technical Director and Head Stagehand
    Pierre Gagné
  • Sound Manager
    Olivier Marcil
  • Lighting Manager
    François Lévesque
  • Vidéo Manager
    Dominique Hawry
  • Costumes and Props Manager
    Virginie Leclerc
  • Sound Technician
    Rébecca Dickner
  • Stagehands
    Nicolas Dostie
    Sean-Olivier Woodward
    Jean-Félix Labrie
  • Follow Spot Operator
    Yan Gagnon-Moore
  • Technical Consultant
    Tobie Horswill
  • Director's Agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Production
    Ex Machina
  • In collaboration with
    Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke
    Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, St-Jérôme
    Maison des arts Desjardins, Drummondville
    Théâtre Banque Nationale, Saguenay
  • Producer for Ex Machina
    Michel Bernatchez
  • Production Coordinator
    Vanessa Landry-Claverie



SLĀV is a voyage into the universe of slave songs. Betty Bonifassi and six actors deliver an impressive performance of songs, laments and lullabies that have united humans dispossessed of everything.

SLĀV weaves connections between different pages of world history—some known and others less familiar, or intentionally forgotten—that have led people to enslave other people. Replete with images and video, the show transports us to the ancient origins of slavery, to the transatlantic slave trade, to the enslavement of Black Americans and their later emancipation, to mass incarceration, and to modern slavery. These heinous actions have damaged our society and continue to do so, leaving scars in their wake.

This highly visual musical-theatre performance pays homage to music as an instrument of resilience and freedom.


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