50 tons of sand moved for 30 days, 7 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Outside the walls of the MMFA, multidisciplinary creator Victor Pilon is giving the first solo performance of his career at the Olympic Stadium. With Sisyphus, he takes on the persona of this “hero of the absurd” and his perpetual struggle in all its beauty and suffering. For 4 weeks, he will move 50 tons of sand from one mound to another using a simple shovel to materialize the legendary efforts of this tragic figure.
According to Greek mythology, Sisyphus, son of Aeolus and founder of Corinth, defied Zeus and cheated Death (Thanatos), offenses for which he was banished to the underworld and forced to endlessly roll a giant boulder to the crest of a precipitous mountain, only to have it immediately roll down again, never reaching his goal.
The idea for this ambitious performance by Victor Pilon crystallized after a personal tragedy. Albert Camus’s text The Myth of Sisyphus offered not only a way of working through this difficult time but also a philosophical underpinning for the performance.
“The death of a loved one led me to this project. We all have to mourn the fact that life is absurd to arrive at a form of freedom, even happiness. This project is an effort to understand the eternal restart, to grasp the absurdity of existence, a desire for clarity, a quest for the why that dwells in all of us.”
- Victor Pilon
The performance will take place in the East Hall of the Montreal Olympic Stadium:
4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Ave.
Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Proof of vaccination with QR code required.
Produced by Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, with the support of the Olympic Park and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).
With the generous musical contribution of Dear Criminals.
Victor Pilon (born in 1958), 2019. Photo April Hickox
Victor Pilon (born in 1958), 2019. Photo: April Hickox.