The Raincoat

The Raincoat
duration: ~30 min
Produced thanks to the technical and financial support of Productions Recto-Verso, Quebec City, as part of its 2008 residency program
documentation: – photo©Nadia Bellefeuille– video camera ©Mathieu Thébaudeau, Pierre-Olivier Frechet-Martin –video editing©Diane Landry


  • L'imperméable, Mois Multi 10 – Prothèses et autres prolongements, Les Productions Recto-Verso, Salle Multi, Méduse, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada).

In this performance, Diane Landry evokes the forms of protection that human beings create for themselves and the countless kinds of clothing they weave to protect them from existential storms. This raincoat, made out of recycled everyday objects, combines the machine-performance and the body-material. Here she has joined the principles of the materials’ pivoting, transparency and dilation to display her body in suspension. Swinging back and forth like the pendulum of a clock, her aerial body turns and struggles against the Earth’s pull. A work of great visual poetry, The Raincoat employs physical endurance and a prosthetic wheel to suggest the mechanisms which transform and metamorphose the body and to show the visible marks of passing time.

Device design and production management: Diane Landry, Mathieu Thébaudeau
Lighting: Mathieu Thébaudeau
Hamster: Jocelyn Robert
Production of the mechanical device: Benoit Blondeau
Raincoat wrapping: Nadia Bellefeuille
Technician: Pierre-Olivier Frechet-Martin
Casting: Isabelle Frenette