Irwin Block, Avant Music News, May 20, 2019
The controversy arose in the mixed reaction to a noise choir outing programmed by Montréal improviser Joane Hétu and Joker, entitled Les Lucioles, or The Fireflies. Its 20 choristers were dressed to resemble fireflies and carried lights in their initial entry and final exits. Movement was choreographed, like in a piece of theatre. It is based on music and words by Hétu, Jean Derome, Danielle Palardy Roger, all pioneers and stalwarts of the Montréal improv scene. I picked up the on the word Revolution in the meandering dialogue, and the idea that the fireflies’ light contrasts with darkness in the world. As a metaphor, it did not engage me, but the acked audience gave the performance a standing ovation.