Théâtre du Soleil - Robert Lepage
Kanata – Episode I – La Controverse
A French couple moves to Vancouver. The woman is an artist and soon becomes friends with an indigenous woman who lives in the slums of the city. The latter is murdered by a serial killer. Inspired by this incident, the artist decides to paint the faces of the various indigenous women murdered in the area.
This is the first time in the fifty-four years of its history that Ariane Mnouchkine has entrusted the legendary Théâtre du Soleil troupe to a guest director: the internationally celebrated Canadian Robert Lepage. The show Lepage assembled fragments of a poetic, dark and epic-scale universe, retracing two hundred years of his country’s history - ‘Kanata’ is an Iroquoian word meaning ‘village’, that gave Canada its name.
Before its scheduled premiere in Paris, the rehearsals of Kanata were brutally interrupted in July 2018, amidst reactions by indigenous people claiming that the director did not consult with their community. The performance, featuring the international company of actors of Théâtre du Soleil, performers from every corner of the earth who approached the First Nations drawing on their life experiences, ultimately had its premiere in December 2018 at the Cartoucherie, its title updated to incorporate the controversy surrounding the production – a meta-theatrical commentary on Lepage’s part on the role of artists in contemporary society.
With Greek surtitles
14 July: Post-performance talk with the actors
8 July / 20:00
Institut Français de Grèce
Screening of Making Of... documentary
Lepage au Soleil: à l’origine de Kanata
Duration 2 h 25 mins
Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall (Alexandra Trianti Hall)
- 13/07/2019 at 20:00
- 14/07/2019 at 19:00
- 15/07/2019 at 20:00
MEDIA KIT / PHOTOS
Children's Theatre | Opera | Layers of Street | Cinema | Greek Music | Chronotopia | Music | Theatre | Dance | Visual Arts | Great orchestras | Musical fairytale | Installation | Classical music | Performance | Contemporary music | Children's theatre | Contemporary Ancients | Premiere | Jazz Sessions | Greek Debut
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus | Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus | Peiraios 260 | Odeon of Herodes Atticus | Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall | National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation | Theatro Petras | Numismatic Museum of Athens Café | To Steki tou Ilia | Ai Gianni Park - Xylina | 3o Dimotiko Athinon