Robert Lepage / Ex Machina

Robert Lepage / Ex Machina : Revolutions in Theatrical Space

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Robert Lepage and Ex Machina's theatricality is inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural, and, inevitably, characterised by intense hybridity. These complex features - while the source of an internationally celebrated theatrical innovation, and considerable pleasure for audiences - have nevertheless also prompted notable criticism. Robert Lepage / Ex Machina: Revolutions in Theatrical Space reads against the grain of criticism, providing readers with a fresh, practice-based and critical perspective by arguing that these innovative aesthetic practices operate simultaneously as positive cultural principles. Drawing directly on case studies of process and a wide range of productions, and building from in-depth interviews, this book intertwines theoretical and practical concerns, weighing them in balance, and, in doing so, produces for the reader a new critical perspective on Robert Lepage and Ex Machina.

Through the course of his analysis, James Reynolds illustrates that underpinning the inter-disciplinary eclecticism of Ex Machina's practice is a profound engagement with social, cultural and political difference. Running through the work is a drive to create performances built around a principle of contradiction, through which audiences can apprehend difference in its myriad, infinite forms. Consequently, Robert Lepage / Ex Machina explores this embracing of difference in all its depth and complexity, opening a key way for readers to develop both their practical and theoretical appreciation of this practice. At the same time, the discourse around this vital, forward-looking practice is rebooted, not only by re-thinking its contribution to the vocabulary of drama and theatre, but also through revealing and assessing the critical discourse it initiates through performance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 13.46mm | 299g
  • Methuen Drama
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474276083
  • 9781474276085
  • 1,424,588

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Robert Lepage and Ex Machina
Chapter 1: Lepagean Hybridity in Context: A Touch of Zen
Chapter 2: (Molotov) Cocktail Theatre?
Chapter 3: Politaesthetic Practice
Chapter 4: Adding to the Infinite: a Vocabulary of Performance
Chapter 5: Opening Lines...
Conclusion: Historical Futures?
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Review quote

The 'revolutions' in the title of this exhaustively researched study refer at first glance to the immense
impact Robert Lepage has had on international theatre culture through the works he has produced with
the team of designers, scenographers, architects, project managers, dramaturgs, performers, and technicians
he has assembled in his Quebec City-based company, Ex Machina ... Reynolds's personal observations of Lepage in rehearsal are detailed and revelatory. - Theatre Journal
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About Dr James Reynolds

James Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. His Ph.D. research at Queen Mary, University of London investigated performance practices in Robert Lepage's devised theatre. His publications include Howard Barker's Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015) co-edited with Andy W. Smith, and Addiction and Performance (2014), co-edited with Zoe Zontou.
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