HCA NEWS Lepage performance sweeps Quebec

A solo performance entitled The Andersen Project by one of the most celebrated directors of international theatre, the Canadian Robert Lepage, has recently premiered. The performance has achieved critical acclaim in the Canadian press.

By hpnj - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 11 March 2005

The solo performance, which premiered on 22 February at Théâtre du Trident, Quebec, is a modern fairytales inspired by Andersen's visit to the World Fair in 1867 in Paris and his fairytale The Dryad, which we subsequently wrote following his visit.

Photo: © Érick Labbé

The main character, Frédéric Lapointe, has been hired by Opera Garnier in Paris to write a children's opera on Andersen's fairytale -The Dryad'. The fairytale is about a nymph of the woods who defies her own immortality by succumbing to the moral decadence, frantic lifestyle and urban modernity of Paris. The Dryad proves to be all but a children's opera.

"The Andersen Project is a performance in constant transition and whose unique interpreter exerts himself like never before - the creator adapts to the given theme in a meaningful and convincing way."
Ève Dumas, Cyberpresse/ Le Soleil

"It would be no understatement to say that after a skyrocketing 20-year career this man continues to be versatile, bulimic, moving, monomaniac, imaginative, unpredictable and shameless. In short: a genius."

Mario Roy, La Presse - Montreal

The performance was commissioned by the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation.

The performance will be featured at the Royal Danish Theatre from 18 - 22 May.

For further information, visit our event's calendar.

Photo: © Érick Labbé

Robert Lepage is currently featured in Denmark in the film Far side of the Moon, which is a screen adaptation of his solo performance by the same name. The performance was awarded the film critic FIPRESCI Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004 and has furthermore been nominated for a Genie Award, the Canadian Academy Awards.

What the Danish press wrote about the film:

"It is an equally virtuous yet much underplayed film. An exceptional experience."


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