The theatricality of Robert Lepage by Aleksandar Saša Dundjerovic

By Aleksandar Saša Dundjerovic

Own and cultural contexts --
Lepage's sort : transformative mise en scène --
Solo performances : Lepage as actor-author --
Resources : The dragons' trilogy --
The house and the ratings : Tectonic plates --
The performers : The seven streams of the River Ota --
The textual content : A midsummer night's dream --
Multimedia and new know-how : Juliette at Zulu time.

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Be discovered. The s~oryline of Trilogy follows the Asian (the Chinese and, later, the Japanese) community, from Quebec City at the beginning of the twentieth century to Toronto in the r94bs and I95os, and then to Vancouver and its current multicultural milieu '(in the fitst version at the·turn of the millennium). The performance blends dialogue in French, English, Chinese, and Japanese. Its non-linear, multiple narrative is a journey of cultural identity, defining the key , 0 Resources The Theatricality of Robert Lepage events of the integration and disintegration o£ diverse, coexisting communities.

A~tlre would" surface m the next cycle, during the American tour, as an mdependent character, someone as important to the story as Philippe. · The cycle in London deepened the crisis between the brothers over their recently decease<;! mother. The problem of what to do with her effects became more relevant to the spectators' emotional expenence. This was a family drama projected onto the background of the co~mos_ and the space race . D. become pOignant, both sad and funny. "•' However without the c~iticisms of the previous developmental cycles, it w~uld have been Impossible for Lepage to search for these connections between the poetic, verbal, and visual expressions and communicate them to the audience.

Carl Fillion provided in-house visual con~ultancy, and Jacques Collin and Veronique Couturier produced the Imagery. The set comprised the everyday objects you would normally find at a laundromat - ironing boards, baskets with clothes, a washing machine- all material familiar to Lepage and conducive to play and to improvisation (figure ro). There was also a storyboard with titles Solo Performances 70 The Theatricality of Robert Lepage written on it, grouped in three acts under /unif(m'66n); Scileil (sun), and terre (Earth), with themes as freely associated ideas to be developed later into events through improvisation.

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