Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance.
Robert Lepage is one of Canada's foremost playwrights and directors. His company, Ex Machina, has toured to international acclaim and he has lent his talents to areas as diverse as opera, concert tours, acting, and installation art. His most celebrated work blends acute personal narratives with bold global themes.
This is the first book to combine:
an overview of the key phases in Lepage's life and career
an examination of the issues and questions pertinent to his work
a discussion of The Dragons' Trilogy as a paradigm of his working methods
a variety of practical exercises designed to give an insight into Lepage's creative process.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.
Aleksandar Sasa Dundjerovic is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Performance at the University of Manchester and a professional theatre director with international experience. His books include The Cinema of Robert Lepage: Poetics of Memory (2003) and The Theatricality of Robert Lepage (2007).
List of Figures Acknowledgments Part One: Cultural and Artistic Biography: Robert Lepage in-between worlds 1.Introduction 2. Storytelling and Languages 3. Apprentice (1978-1984) 4. Exploring Forms: THEATRE REPERE (1984-1991) 5. Multidisciplinary Performance EX MACHINA (1994) 6. Conclusion Part Two: Writings on the Techniques of Performance Creation 7. Introduction 8. Evolving Creative Process 9. Geography: Transformations and Connections 10. Combining Arts and Cultures 11. The Cycles 12. Discovering Hidden Stories 13. Intuitions and Accidents 14. Dramaturgical Devices 15. Multimedia and Performance Art 16. Languages of a New Technology Part Three: Performance Text: THE DRAGON'S TRILOGY 17. Introduction 18. Synopsis of THE DRAGONS' TRILOGY 19. The Rehearsal Process 20. Playing with Material Objects 21. Obstacles 22. Games Sessions 23. The Audience Response as a Resource Part Four: Practical Workshops and Rehearsal Techniques 24. Introduction 25. Workshop Conditions 26. The Body 27. The Space 28. The Objects 29. The Score 30. Montage 31. Text 32. Conclusion Notes Bibliography