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Le Centre culturel, in collaboration with Kleine Cie production, presents the theatrical adaptation of Marguerite Duras' book "L'Amant" (The Lover). Live stream.

To comply with the B.C. government’s health and safety regulations, the show will be only live-streamed, so that everyone in the francophone community can enjoy it. The show will be video-recorded and broadcast live on the online ticket website "". Once you have purchased tickets on the website, you will receive a streaming link by email. This link is unique and cannot be shared.  


Member / students tickets: $5

Non-member tickets: $10

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"L’Amant" (The Lover) by French author Marguerite Duras was published in 1984 and won the Prix Goncourt that same year, and the Ritz-Paris-Hemingway award in 1986.

This autobiographical fiction tells the story in the form of a voyage into the author’s memory, her adolescence in French Indochina (present-day Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and part of south China that was colonised by France between 1887 and 1954). The decline of the French empire is the backdrop to this tale of passion between a 15-year old girl and a man from north China. Actress Anaïs Pellin brings us fragments of the novel by Duras, the story of an ambiguous passion and a wrenching family destiny. Alex Mah’s musical score is interwoven with the author’s narrative, spoken by Anaïs Pellin, building a dialogue between her voice and the music in this theatrical work directed by Émilie Leclerc. 

"From the very beginning, the evolution of my artistic career has been punctuated by the writing of Marguerite Duras, so it is somewhat inevitable for me to return to those sources. In L'Amant (The Lover), Duras invites us to travel back in time and place. In spite of the physical isolation that confronts us now, I hope that this show can once again draw us together around this language that so precisely describes the desire for freedom, love, and passion.” says Anaïs Pellin, actress, artistic director of La Kleine Cie.

Credits for the play

A Kleine Cie. production presented by and with the support of Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver.
A theatrical creation by Emilie Leclerc and Anaïs Pellin
Text: excerpts from Marguerite Duras' book "L'Amant" (The Lover)
Director: Emilie Leclerc
Cast: Anaïs Pellin
Music: Alex Mah
Dramaturgy consultant: Jovanni Sy
Lighting designer: Jeremy Baxter
Stage manager and director assistant: Cory Haas
Stage designer and costumes: Jennifer Stewart
Equipment loan: Theatre la Seizieme


Anaïs Pellin, actress

Anaïs is a Belgian-born actor, writer and theatre creator. Her credits include numerous shows on European stages, including Detto Molière (Manège.Mons (MARS)/Teatro delle Albe), Les Théâtres de Marguerite Duras (Grütli), La jeune fille folle de son âme (Théâtre du Peuple/Rideau ide Bruxelles/Brussels) and work with the Ligue d’improvisation belge professionnelle. Since her arrival in Vancouver in 2016, she has been a regular collaborator with Le théâtre La Seizième, notably as lead actor in their youth theatre production of Le Merveilleux voyage d’Inès de l’Ouest (cancelled because of Covid-19). She also works with Presentation House Theatre, Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, Vortex Théâtre, the 2par4 company and Flip the Switch Collective. In March 2020, Anaïs founded the Kleine Compagnie, where she created the object theatre play Clémentine (coproduced with the Théâtre de la Pire Espèce), Cendrillon, and La Petite Sirène. In collaboration with Emilie Leclerc, she produced the play based on the novel L’amant by Marguerite Duras. Since the spring of 2019, Anaïs has been author-in-residence at Théâtre la Seizième and is working on writing a play for the youth audience.


Emilie Leclerc, director

Emilie Leclerc is first and foremost an actor, but she is also a theatrical creator, director, voice artist, master of ceremonies, and host of francophone community projects in British Columbia. Over the past decade, she has worked closely with Théâtre la Seizième and performed in eight of their productions for youth and general audiences, including the very recent Repaire #5 (Agathe) that she both co-created and performed in last fall. Unfortunately, her production of the show Le Merveilleux Voyage d’Inès de l’Ouest was interrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions just before it was to go on tour in schools. She also performs in English-language productions with ZeeZee Theatre, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Ruby Slippers, Gateway Theatre, Alley Theatre, Hardline Productions, and Presentation House Theatre. From 2015 to 2018, she toured both in Canada and on international stages with two collective creations: Patrice Balbina and the iShow (Les petites cellules chaudes). Emilie’s television roles include Izadora in the fantasy series Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform). A graduate of Studio 58 and McGill University, Emilie won a Jessie award and is a three-time winner of the Prix de la Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. Find out more about Emilie on her website and on her Instagram


Alex Mah, musician

Alex Mah is a composer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. His scores use text-based notation to deal with ideas of indeterminacy, performer choices, and the sensing body. He regularly collaborates with EDAM Dance, The Biting School, and Olivia Shaffer. As a composer, he has worked with Antoine Beuger, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, and Stefan Thut of Wandelweiser, as well as Music on Main, Turning Point Ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet, Richard Reed Parry, Quasar saxophone quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Trio Atem, and Plus-Minus Ensemble. Alex holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours in Music) from Simon Fraser University (2014) and, in 2018 he completed a Master of Research Composition (Distinction) under James Saunders at Bath Spa University (U.K.). He has participated in festivals, workshops, and performed across Canada, and in Germany, Denmark, and the U.K., and has studied composition privately with Antoine Beuger (2015, 2017). Past residencies have included The Porthleven Prize 2018 (U.K.), KLANGRAUM 2015/17/18 (Germany), a year-long residency with EDAM Dance, The Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and Unit/Pitt Gallery. Alex’s work has been supported by Bath Spa University, The Bath Sparks Fund, and the BC Arts Council. For more:


The Kleine Compagnie was founded in 2020 on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish People and the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, in the city also known as VancouverThe company develops an intimate and poetic theatre for young and old alike, inspired by visual arts and object theatre. Follow Kleine Cie on Facebook and Instagram


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