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
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus | Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus | Peiraios 260 | Odeon of Herodes Atticus | Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall | Ancient Agora of Athens | Institut français | Piraeus Municipal Theatre | Lais Open Air Cinema | Museum of Cycladic Art | Athens Conservatoire | Pedion Areos | Archaeοlogical Site of Kerameikos | Roman Forum | Second Skin | Victoria Square Project | Athens | 15th Kypseli High School | six d.o.g.s | Vouleftikon Nafpliou | Ermou & Agion Asomaton pedestrian street | Museum of Greek Children’s Art | Pnyx Archaeological Site | Byzantine and Christian Museum | Chatzikiriakeio Foundation | Korai Square | 10th Piraeus Junior High School | 2nd Medical Unit of Piraeus | Club for UNESCO of Piraeus and Islands | Special School for Autism of Piraeus | Kokkinia Public Housing | Pyxida | Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Atene | Ancient Epidaurus primary school | Shedia | Lygourio Cultural Centre | Ergatika Square | House of Stratis Myrivilis | Ancient Epidaurus Port