|ROBERT LEPAGE - Stage Director
Québécois visionary and one of Canada's foremost cultural ambassadors, Robert Lepage has established himself as an internationally acclaimed director (stage and film), designer, playwright and performer. His dynamic and original approach constantly pushes the boundaries of theatrical performance, most notably with the use of new technologies. Drawing inspiration from contemporary life, his work has influenced a generation of artists and practitioners.
Born in Quebec, 1957, Robert Lepage had a profound interest in geography from an early age, so much so that he even dreamed of becoming a professor. However, it was his interest in art, which was to lead him to what would become his greatest passion, theatre. In 1975, at the age of 17, he began his training at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Québec. On returning from an internship in Paris (1978), he spent two years acting, writing and directing various productions before joining Théâtre Repère.
In 1984, he created Circulations, which was presented across Canada and won an award as Best Canadian Production during La Quinzaine Internationale de Théâtre de Québec. The following year, with The Dragon's Trilogy, his work first received international recognition. This was followed by Vinci (1986), Polygraph (1987-1990) and Tectonic Plates (1988-1990).
From 1989 to 1993, he was the artistic director at the National Arts Center's French Theatre, in Ottawa. At the same time, he continued his innovative stage-directing with Needles and Opium (1991-1993/1994-1996), Coriolan, Macbeth et La Tempête (1992-1994) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1992), for which he became the first North-American ever to direct a Shakespeare play at London's Royal National Theatre.
In 1994, Robert Lepage took an important step by founding his own multidisciplinary production company, Ex Machina. Taking on once more the role of artistic director, he lead his new team through the creative process that produced the critically acclaimed Seven Streams of the River Ota (1994), Le Songe d'une nuit d'été (1995) along with his third one-man show, Elsinore (1995-1997). In 1994, he began to branch out, extending his talents into the world of cinema. His abilities as a scriptwriter and director were immediately recognised with his first feature film, Le Confessionnal, which was invited to open the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. He later went on to direct Le Polygraphe (1996), Nô (1998) and his first English feature-film, Possible Worlds (2000).
La Caserne Dalhousie, a multi-disciplinary production centre, opened in June of 1997 under Lepage's watchful eye. In their new workspace, he and his team created Geometry of Miracles (1998), Zulu Time (1999), the far side of the moon (2000). And his latest solo piece, The Andersen Project (2005). The many prizes won by his most recent one man show include four trophies at le Gala des Masques, a Time Out Award and the prestigious Evening Standard Award.