The theatricality of Robert Lepage by Aleksandar Saa Dundjerovic
By Aleksandar Saa Dundjerovic
Own and cultural contexts --
Lepage's sort : transformative mise en scène --
Solo performances : Lepage as actor-author --
Resources : The dragons' trilogy --
The area 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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If someone says that he sees in a fried egg something that has died so that someone else can live, I can't argue with that. "' The importance of the'resource lies in its capacity to generate personal feelings, interpretation, and motivation for the performer. The meaning of the resource is purely in. the actor's emotional response: the same resource (physical object, music, visual image, or anecdote) can elicit entirely different responses from other individual performers. be something tangible.
In th:ee locations (the cities of Quebec, Toronto, and Vancouver) dunng three periods (early,_ mid-, and late twentieth century). However, as Lepage observes, "coincidences began to reveal themselves. Jf the originally. arbitrary choices started to reveal lheaningful connettions. The Chinese community was more active in Quebec: City at the beginning of the century; Toronto was important during World War II and V>~ncouver was currently becoming the home of one of the bi~gest Chinese settlements in North America.
This version continued to tour internationally until 1989. Festival de theatre des Ameriques, before. again going on ·an extensive international tour. In many ways this was a , • The Theatricality of Robert Lepage landmark production for Theatre Repere and a valuable creative reference point for Robert Lepage; however, it is particularly important for its imaginative use of theatrical resources. It would not be overstating to say that the interaction between performer and theatrical resource is at the centre of Lepage's creative process.