Le Projet Riopelle
Ex Machina / Robert Lepage
Jean Paul Riopelle is a prominent figure in the artistic landscape of Quebec. His creative life spans the second half of the 20th century. His work contributed to the emergence of new art movements. His curiosity disregarded boundaries between disciplines, and he reinvented his techniques periodically. His process seemed to be guided by two fundamental drives: a powerful, constant creative urge and a recurring tendency to radically change sources of inspiration and artistic worlds.
Le Projet Riopelle follows three eras of the painter’s life and work.
- 1944 to 1960: These years include Riopelle’s first pictorial influences; his friendships with the future signatories of Le Refus global at the École du meuble de Montréal; his move to France and the relationships that he develops there with André Breton, Joan Miró and Samuel Beckett; his growing success; his pivotal meeting with Joan Mitchell; and his subsequent inroads into the artistic avant-garde of New York.
- 1960 to 1980: Mitchell and Riopelle’s fruitful and stormy relationship sets the stage for this period. Their creative visions nourish each other, their cultural references collide, and their passionate impulses lead to fusion as well as separation. Gradually, Riopelle’s return to Quebec takes shape, influenced by his emerging friendship with Champlain Charest.
- 1986 to 1993: Anchored at L’Isle-aux-Grues, in the heart of the St. Lawrence River, Riopelle has an increased interest in more or less representational depictions of the nature of Quebec. His new companion, Huguette Vachon, helps him in innumerable ways, all the more so as age forces the artist toward new creation techniques. These sometimes unprecedented approaches find their culmination in Tribute to Rosa Luxembourg, which celebrates the memory of Joan Mitchell, who died in 1992.
Oct 19 to Nov 19, 2023 — 240 minutes approx. with intermissions $61 — $85
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Written, designed, directed by Robert Lepage
Co-writer, design and creative direction Steve Blanchet
Dialogues Olivier Kemeid
Assistant Director Félix Dagenais
Music & Sound Design Laurier Rajotte
Associate Set Design Ariane Sauvé
Images Design Félix Fradet-Faguy
Lighting Design Lucie Bazzo
Costumes Design Virginie Leclerc
Properties Design Eveline Tanguay
Choreographies Jeffrey Hall
Production Manager Marie-Pierre Gagné
Production Assistant Véronique St-Jacques
Technical Director - Creation Olivier Bourque
Tour Manager Carole-Anne Roberge
Technical Director - Tour Emmanuelle Nappert
Stage Manager Adèle Saint-Amand
Sound Manager Stanislas Élie
Lighting Manager Zacharie Filteau
Video Manager Zachary Noël-Ferland
Costumes Manager Virginie Leclerc
Properties Manager Chloé Blanchet
Robert Lepage's Agent Lynda Beaulieu
An Ex Machina production
In co-production with Le Diamant, Duceppe, the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation and the National Arts Centre French Theatre.
Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez assisted by Hélène Paradis
Associate Production - Europe, Japan Epidemic (Richard Castelli assisted by Florence Berthaud)
Associate Production - The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, New Zealand Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker, assisted by Magdalena Marszalek and Isaïe Richard)