More than just an assemblage of different art forms, l’Arsenal à Musique is a vehicle for production and orchestration where musical creation is always at the crossroads. From the classical to the experimental, this is the merging of possibilities where artistic productions are revitalized through the coming together of disciplines and talents.
The Little Prince
Musical inspired by The Little Prince written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Original score by Canadian composers Denis Gougeon and Yves Daoust.
A fusion of original music, drama and visual effects.
This musical production is a wonderful introduction to Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. A fantastical retelling of the wonderful tale that brings to life all the characters that inhabit this moving, timeless and unforgettable story.
Winner of an Opus award in 2000 for best production for a young audience.
2 narrators soloists and symphony orchestra
Length: 55 minutes
Languages: English, French
Ages: General audience, 8 years old and up
Jacques Collin - Multimedia Design
_Renowned especially for his collaboration with Robert Lepage’s company Ex Machina (with whom he has been working since 1992), Jacques Collin has earned an international reputation as a multimedia artist. His visual creations have won him numerous prizes and awards both at home and abroad.
Planet Baobab is his first collaboration with l’Arsenal à musique.
Yves Daoust - Composer
It was while working as a sound technician at the National Film Board of Canada that Yves Daoust discovered electroacoustic music. His music is figurative, using sounds from nature and from daily life.
He has composed over thirty works for musical ensembles and theatre groups. A founding member of the Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustique du Québec, and certified composer at the Canadian Music Centre, he also teaches electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec.
For l’Arsenal à musique, he composed the score for Eary Adventures and, together with Denis Gougeon, the music for Planet Baobab and Alice.
Denis Gougeon - Composer
_Hailed as one of the most gifted composers of his generation, Denis Gougeon is often called upon to create works for orchestras and performers in Canada and abroad, for concert music as well as for theatre and dance productions.
Acclaimed by audiences and critics in North America and in Europe, his work is accessible, dynamic and very melodious. In November 2000, the Conseil québécois de la musique awarded him an Opus for composer of the year.
Gougeon composed the music for Planet Baobab and Alice along with Yves Daoust.
Michèle Marineau - Author
Michèle Marineau worked as a freelance editor before launching a double career as a translator and author of children’s books. She won the Governor General’s Award in 1988 for her first book of fiction, Cassiopée ou l’été polonais, and has since received many prestigious honours for her books for children.
Michèle Marineau’s first collaboration with l’Arsenal à musique was her adaptation of Planet Baobab, a musical inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.
Mazouz Ould Abderrahmane - Stage Director
Filmmaker, scriptwriter and stage director, Mazouz settled in Quebec in 1977, after a prolific career as actor and stage director in his native Algeria and in France. Well known for his work at the National Film Board of Canada and at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mazouz has since branched out into scriptwriting, producing and stage directing.
Planet Baobab is Mazouz’s third collaboration with l’Arsenal à musique since 1996.
Sylvie Melançon - Costume Designer
Sylvie worked for over 20 years as a set and costume designer on several major productions for Radio-Canada Television, including Mon père avait raison, La mouette and Le volcan tranquille.
An accomplished visual artist, she has been painting since 1999.
Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, at The Grand Théâtre, Québec city, Canada
November 11th to 13th, 2012
National Arts Centre Orchestra, at The National Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, at The Maison Symphonique, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, at The Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, at The Hamilton Place, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2 flutes (the second one also plays the piccolo)
2 clarinets in B flat (the second one also plays bass clarinet)
4 French horns
2 trumpets in C
1 tenor trombone
Percussion 1: snare drum, glockenspiel, rain stick, mark-tree, whistle
Percussion 2: vibraphone, bass drum, hi-hat cymbal
© DENIS GOUGEON SOCAN 1999