Les Filles du Roi
A new Canadian musical by Corey Payette & Julie McIsaac
May 15-27, 2018
York Theatre, Vancouver
A Fugue Theatre/Raven Theatre production in association with Urban Ink and The Cultch
Les Filles du Roi is a new, trilingual musical that uses cross-cultural collaboration to explore how difference can create both challenge and opportunity. 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.
The show traces the arrival of the historical filles du roi to Canada in the 1600s. The musical’s narrative is set in motion by the arrival of a French ship in the summer of 1665. Kateri, a young Mohawk girl, and her brother Jean-Baptiste, find their lives disrupted by the arrival of les filles du roi. Together, they forge an unlikely relationship with a young fille, Marie Jeanne Lespérance, whose dreams for a new life in the French settlement of Ville-Marie are more complicated than she imagined. Over the course of four tumultuous seasons, French, Mohawk, Métis and English characters build a complex web of relationships that sets the stage for the Canada we know today.
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