Two lecterns, a few spotlights and absolute silence; Cabaret Eastman’s room was filled with people, but mostly words, Sunday afternoon, for Love in the Time of Disasters, the last act of the Eastman Correspondences, 17th edition.
The record year of the literary festival ended on the soft and witty writings of Albert Camus and Maria Casares, through the generous theatrical reading offered by Christian Bégin and the author Véronique Grenier of the letters of the two. lovers.
If Camus says in one of his correspondence have horror of the phone, it is not the viewers of reading Sunday who are offended. The love of the words of the author and his tender actress helped to preserve the vivid and poignant trace of a love so poetic that he could not have found a more significant moment to begin than the evening of the Normandy Landings.
In the manner of the brief and long episodes of separation that have sprinkled this forbidden love story, the readings have occasionally given way to cello flights, a matter of making hearts vibrate properly.
Sometimes on the verge of tears, trying to “feed a love of flesh with shadows and memories”, sometimes carried away by panic or a keen desire to live, the Camus Christian Bégin, who also discovered these texts through the event has become more complex over the author’s moods. The comedian has not failed to deliver the rare humorous passages, where the drama of the story is lightened to allow the audience to exist collectively, for a moment.
Véronique Grenier incarnated, in response, a sparkling Maria Casares, worthy of a half who could not miss a day without putting his love on paper.
For those who would have missed the delivery, the coordinator of the coordination of Eastman Matches, Raphael Bedard-Chartrand, has only one piece of advice: “It is imperative to read these heartrending letters. We really see that human relationships can be shared by very strong emotions.
The universality of love, moreover, makes it a perfect subject in a festival which, as Mr. Bédard-Chartrand suggests, aims to democratize letters. Do not be afraid of the word “literature”! he exclaims.