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Black Balloon: Leila

Written & Directed by Sophie El Assaad, adapted from the original text La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Joseph Delteil.
Produced by Theatre NUAJ

Struggling with her identity, Leila dreams of an alternate reality. Free event.

21 mins
Sophie el Assad [Black Balloon] makes use of her considerable talent as a designer to make the intangible seem real.
There is great potential in this magical piece, and as decidedly my top personal pick at the inaugural Portico, I very much look forward to seeing its development.

About

Struggling with her identity, Leila dreams of an alternate reality; one where she is removed from her disillusioned state to a place where she can reclaim her mind, body and self worth. Inspired by Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.

Leila is a poetic adaptation of a larger piece in development called Black Balloon, which is produced with support from the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal as part of l’Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Black Balloon has been in development since 2017 through Playwright’s Workshop Montreal’s Young Creator’s Unit and has been awarded creative residency through the MAI’s Alliance program for the years 2019-2021.

Cast

Chadia Kikondjo
Moon
Maria Marsli
Leila
Kimia Pourazar
Vision in the Sky
Meagan Schroeder
Jeanne d’Arc

Cast:
Maria Marsli: Leila
Meagan Schroeder: Jeanne/ juror
Chadia Kikondjo: Moon
Kimia Pourazar: Vision/ juror
Claudio Tamburri: Juror
Nicolas Turcotte: Juror
Nils Svensson-Carell: Juror
Peter Shaw: Juror
Stephen Patrick Booth: Juror
Lighting Designer/ Production Assistant: Darah Miah
Projection Designer: Adam Walters
Production Designer: Sophie El Assaad

Affiliations

Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI)
Playwrights Workshop Montreal (PWM)
Black Balloon is produced with support from the Government of Québec and the City of Montréal as part of l’Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, and from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Special thanks to Talisman Theatre, Roxane Loumède, Anas Bouslikhane and Gabby King Jr.