For anyone making the plunge, Miller has advice: “Bring water. And wear sweatpants.”
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The next day, Sunday, I spent almost nine hours immersed in Robert Lepage’s marathon play, Lipsynch, at the Bluma Appel Theatre, which was part of Luminato. You tell people you’ve just spent nine hours watching a play conducted in four languages (with projected sur-titles) and they think you’ve undergone an endurance test, made a heroic sacrifice for art. On the contrary. There was no suffering(5 minutes of [enthusiastic] standing and clapping)
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. The time flew by. It was like taking your brain on a luxurious cruise. Or spending the day in an art spa, basking in mind massages and sensory wraps. Maybe it was high art but the ascent was effortless: because Lepage did all the work for you, it was experienced as pure entertainment.
Recently Mr. Lepage talked with Eleanor Wachtel AKA 'Wachtel on the Arts'…during the ideas program… discussing things ranging from conceptions of Self, meaning and being, voice, speech and language, being a child with alopecia, segregation, the duality of growing up with half his family being Canadian Federalists, and half being Quebecois Sovereigntist, the segregation of nationalism, also opera, theatre, questions of fatherhood for a gay man, creativity, inspiration, language, culture and much more...
On the tendency of bundling 'voice with speech with Language' as one (27 minutes in
We usually bundle them together, but really they are much more accurately thought of as a triangle, related to 3 characters; voice –father , when in womb, the voice that you hear from outside speaking inwards (mothers voice is “part of you”, the father is coming from outside, stresses mother, pleases her, and anything in between. Not necessarily the voice of the “man who impregnated her”, can be her female lover, or any other.
Speech, the individual/self expression
Language, from the mother- “Langue maternelle, mother tongue”
You can find a great deal more media and information relating to the multitude of projects that Mr. Lepage is/has been engaged in- Ex Machina is a multidisciplinary company bringing together actors, writers, set designers, technicians, opera singers, puppeteers, computer graphic designers, video artists, contortionists and musicians. Ex Machina
. Robert Lepage is thus part of a movement towards taking theatre to the frontiers of exposition... Helping opera and theatre speak to those who never knew that opera and theatre could
speak to them.