Designed specifically for the 8th “French Games”, Life of Pi is a show freely inspired by Yann Martel’s novel. It’s the story of a boy surviving a shipwreck by spending eight months on the Pacific Ocean with a tiger. Thanks to an implacable will to exist and a saving imagination, the young Pi will tame his inner beast.

Collectif Pi is formed by a duo of young artists-puppeteers: Emilie Racine is a director and provides visual design; and Carl Vincent is a mechanical designer and technical director. With the theatrical adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel Life of Pi, the Collectif Pi (Canada Team) won the silver medal in the discipline giant puppets during the 8th Jeux de la Francophonie (French Games) taking place in Abidjan (Ivory coast, Africa) in July 2017. This quadrennial competition brings together 4,000 young sports talents and artists from 57 countries. Back in Quebec, their short form Life of Pi plays outdoors at various festivals from 2017 to 2019; the Lachine Street Theater Festival, the Puppet Festival Plein la rue! in Verdun, the Festival Les Tannants in Terrebonne, Fête de la famille in Laval, etc.

In 2019, the short 15-minute form for street arts has turned into a 50-minute indoor performance.


50 minutes / Between 250 and 400 viewers / All audiences

Stage size : L 30’ X P 20’X H 16. Tour team: 5 people

Adaptation, stage direction and visual design: Emilie Racine
Mechanical Design and Technical Direction: Carl Vincent

Assistant to the director and stage manager: Kristelle Delorme
Original music and sound design: Jean-François Gladu
Lighting: Mathieu Marcil
OFF Voice : Maxime Lepage
Puppeteers: Sara Demers, Carl Vincent, Sara Sabourin and Emilie Racine

 Thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Montreal Arts Council. Thank you to the Maison de la Culture Mercier for the artistic residencies.