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Artists Nathalie Derome

A multidisciplinary performance artist, Nathalie Derome’s work questions the codes of performance, the reality of make-believe and the linear nature of the narrative. She has needed to invent language — théâtre perforé (the perforated theatre) and théâtre en forme de femme (a theatre with a woman’s shape) — to describe her unique approach, which combines different media (theatre, poetry, dance, music and visual art) and a wide variety of performance types: staged epics, cabaret, multidisciplinary raffles, poetry improv, and parody-siacal songs.

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Nathalie Derome

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

  • Composer
  • Performer (voice)
Nathalie Derome, photo: Luc Senécal
Nathalie Derome, photo: Luc Senécal
  • Jean Derome et Nathalie Derome during the show entitled «Les temps qui courent, 20 ans de paroles tenues» at Théâtre La Chapelle, photo: Luc Senécal, Montréal (Québec), April 24, 2008
  • Nathalie Derome, photo: Danielle Hébert, December 2007
  • Nathalie Derome, photo: Robert Langlois, 2007

Main Releases

[Independent] / NADER 08 / 2008
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 088 / 2000

Appearances

Various artists
Ambiances Magnétiques / AM 085 / 2000

Complements

Planète rebelle / PLANETE 2922528794 / 2008
  • Out of print
Various artists
DAME / DAME 2001 / 2001
  • Out of print

In the Press

  • Philippe Robert, Vibrations, June 1, 2001
    … petits film sonores oniriques et particulièrement envoûtants.
  • Tom Schulte, Outsight, May 23, 2001
  • Ryan Tranquilla, Splendid E-Zine, April 30, 2001
    Derome leads the listener through a moody, carnivalesque soundscape.
  • Roberto Municchi, Blow Up, no. 35, April 1, 2001

Critique

Philippe Robert, Vibrations, June 1, 2001

Mû par des préoccupations voisines, le trio de Nathalie Derome invente de petits film sonores oniriques et particulièrement envoûtants. Voilà trois œuvres, en grande partie produites par des femmes, passionnantes de bout en bout.

… petits film sonores oniriques et particulièrement envoûtants.

Review

Tom Schulte, Outsight, May 23, 2001

Derome is a creative and experimental theater performer. Taken right from her work in self-styled théâtre perforé (perforated theater) and théâtre en forme de femme (theater with a woman’s shape), we get on this disc the audio dimension of her communication with the theater audience. Somewhat like the avant-garde art music of the Residents and a bit like musically ornamented dialogue or poetry readings, Les quatre ronds sont allumé is sonic cabaret, stage work launched onto CD with the guitar theatrics of René Lussier. (3)

Review

Ryan Tranquilla, Splendid E-Zine, April 30, 2001

Only lazy reviewers rely solely on promotional copy to write their reviews. Occasionally, though, nothing sums up a record more succinctly, as is the case with Les quatre ronds sont allumés. "In a short film atmosphere," reads the press info, "Nathalie Derome performs a few of her songs with Guillame Dostaler and René Lussier." Making use of vocals (both sung and spoken), guitar, keyboards and synthesizers, Derome leads the listener through a moody, carnivalesque soundscape. With the lyrics and the lyric sheet written in French, English-speakers may find it hard to follow the plot. The album’s first half recalls Tom Wait’s mid-’80s Rain Dogs period, while the second half employs sparse instrumentation and quietly emotional vocals.

Derome leads the listener through a moody, carnivalesque soundscape.

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