Denise Boucher

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Denise Boucher is a feminist poet, playwright, and essayist. She was born on the 12th of December, 1935 in Victoriaville, Quebec. Denise has been involved in Qeubec culture through rock music, poetry, politics, and theatre. She presents views on the challenges and rewards of women undertaking new roles in today's society in her work.

Denise Boucher, poet.

Career

She pursued a career in broadcasting and journalism. She is mostly known for her play Les Fees ont soif which stirred controversy and protest, especially with the Church, for its portrayal of the Virgin Mary as a symbol of women oppressed by a male dominated society. The play went on to many translations and productions in Quebec and abroad. The English version is called The Fairies are Thirsty by Alan Brown. Les Divines was produced at Theatre d'aujourd'hui (1996) with mixed reviews. It explored feminism through seven daughters who reunite in a wake for an idealized mother. Denise also wrote for television and composed lyrics for songs, as well as rock opera. She was the president of the Union des ecrivains Quebecois (1998-2000) and continues with activism to promote Quebec literature.

Les Fees ont soif

It is a play in one act with music by Jean-Francois Garneau. It premiered on the 18th of November, 1978 at the Theatre du neouveau Monde, and was directed by Jean-Luc Bastien. Set and costumes by Marie-Josee Lanoix, lights by Claude Landre, and it featured Sophie Clement, Michele Magny, and Louisette Dussault. The play is about frustrational and pained outburst along with songs to lighten the mood. There are three females which fit under stereotypes: Madeleine the whore, a mother on valium called Marie, and a satue of the Virgin Mary. The three figures seek liberation and self-realization, they talk about the representations of women under a male patriarchy. The virgin throws away her rosary, a chain that bound her, and asserts her sexuality. The wife drops a heavy apron, and the whore takes off her boots. They enact a rape scene in which the victim is further victimized at a trial but the rapist is acquitted. Eventually the statue states she has had enough, and a woman emerges from the stone. Then the women invite the audience to imagine a world with no stereotypes and full of joy. The virgin Mary calls herself 'the priesets' wet dreams'. Marie, the wife, revolts against her mother's teachings of purity and cleanliness. Madeleine describes a man's head as a 'garage where he parks his precious phallus'. In turn this play created a lot of controversy during with its opening. The Catholic church was frustrated with the portrayal of the Virgin Mary, and denounced the work from every pulpit. congregations throughout Montreal even picketed the theatre and bought blocks of tickets to recite the rosary while the play was being performed. There was also a protest about censorship from the arts council of the city. Court cases were brought against the play until the Supreme Court dismissed them in 1980.

Works

  • Je viens comme une mante religieuse (1975)
  • Retailles' (1977)
  • Cyprine (1978)
  • Les Fees ont soif (1978)
  • Lettres di"talie (1987)
  • Gemeaux croisees (1988)
  • Grandeur nature (1993)
  • Les Divines (1996)
  • A coeur de jour (1996)
  • Tamano Natural (2000)
  • Un joint universel (2001)
  • Traversee en trois temps (2002)
  • Jezabel (2003)
  • Une voyelle (2007)
  • Au beau milieu, la fin (2011)

Name:Denise Boucher
Location:Victoriaville, Quebec
Category:Artists
Latitude:71.9590
Longitude:46.0557

References

  1. http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Denise%20Boucher
  2. https://www.guernicaeditions.com/author/1012
  3. http://talonbooks.com/authors/denise-boucher
  4. http://classiques.uqac.ca/contemporains/boucher_denise/boucher_denise.html