An Illusion Fabuleuse production (Quebec) presented by Théâtre francais de Toronto

Mononk Jules

Duration

2h

Creative Team

  • Author, Performer, Puppeteer and Director Jocelyn Sioui
  • Assistant Director Ariane Roy
  • Set design, puppet design & props Mélanie Baillairgé
  • Video design Gaspard Philippe
  • Sound design and composition Luzio Altobelli
  • Narration & voice-over Éric Desjardins
  • Lighting design Mathieu Marcil
  • Stage Manager (sound and light) and Technical Director Achille Martineau
  • Stage Manager (video) and Technical Co-Director Joshua Patoine
  • Booking Théâtre aux Écuries
  • Production Manager Mathieu Taillardas
  • Surtitles Illusion Fabuleuse
  • Surtitles Operations Manon Bourgeois

With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Longueuil, Théâtre aux Écuries and Place Longueuil.

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Synopsis

Mononk Jules is a documentary play in the form of a solo performance by the author, actor, and puppeteer Jocelyn Sioui. In this work, the artist shares the story of his great-uncle, Jules Sioui, a forgotten Indigenous hero. Surrounded by screens and boxes that he opens and transforms to present archives, models, and puppets, he tells the story of Jules Sioui, who appears in all his glory, but also in his darker aspects.

Artistic Director’s Notes

Karine Ricard

The Wendats also known as the Huron-Wendats, are a nation that settled in the Saint Lawrence Valley and the Great Lakes region. During the fur trade era, the Wendats were allies of the French and enemies of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). After a series of armed conflicts in the 17th century, the Wendats were dispersed by the Haudenosaunee in 1650. Today, the Wendat nation still exists. It is located in Wendake, Quebec. The story of Jules Sioui, a great activist for Indigenous self-determination, takes place 300 years later. What remains of the history of Indigenous peoples is essential for us to recognize the heritage and diversity of the First Nations. Let's listen, understand, and perhaps we will arrive at truth and reconciliation.

Karine Ricard

Biographies

Jocelyn Sioui

Jocelyn Sioui

Jocelyn Sioui is a member of the Wendat community. Creator and organizer, he is a member and co-founder of Belzébrute, a theater group. Author, designer, and performer of the shows Shavirez, le tsigane des mers (2008), Manga (2011), and Mr P (2013), he has performed throughout Canada and France, where audiences praised his works. The originality of his approach has earned him numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the OFF/World Festival of Puppet Theaters in Charleville-Mézières 2013 for his show Shavirez. In addition to being a puppeteer, actor, and author, Jocelyn is the founder and director of the OUF! Off Casteliers Festival, a festival devoted to puppetry arts, which has become one of the largest gatherings of puppeteers in Canada. He is one of the very few Indigenous puppeteers in Quebec.

Jules Sioui

Jules Sioui, Jocelyn’s great-uncle and indigenous hero

The Wendat activist Jules Sioui (1906-1990) was often called a great hero of First Nations self-determination. Indeed, Jules Sioui was the founder of the Assembly of First Nations and led a tireless battle against segregation towards Indigenous peoples. He defied public powers and was accused of being the initiator of civil disobedience movements, which led to him being imprisoned several times. But neither detention nor deprivation frightened him. Sometimes even resorting to hunger strikes, Jules Sioui defended the rights of his people and denounced the political system and the government’s assimilation project for Indigenous people. “Believe or die” was his motto!

He did great things, but as in a Greek tragedy, it never ends well for the heroes for all kinds of reasons”, declares Jocelyn in the show. “And I think that that is Mononk Jules. His fight was forgotten, but he did create a lot of change in his time. Residential schools, segregation… History is ugly, but it’s not because it’s ugly that it shouldn’t be told.

In Images

Mononk Jules
Mononk Jules
Mononk Jules
Mononk Jules

Photo: Marie-Julie Garneau