The Image Mill – Tribute to Norman McLaren, Animation Pioneer


In collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the last edition of The Image Mill projection show, beginning in summer 2013, will take the form of a tribute to filmmaker Norman McLaren.

Born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1914, McLaren is regarded as a world pioneer in animated film. The innovative work he created at the NFB from 1941 to 1983 constitutes a major contribution to animation cinema, one that brought him international recognition. McLaren was closely associated with the National Film Board of Canada, and part of his work was developed in Montreal from 1956 to 1983 during a period of cultural and political turmoil in Quebec.

The Image Mill - Tribute to Norman McLaren, Animation Pioneer will premiere on June 23 2013.
Read the complete press release.

Robert Lepage awarded the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize


The Glenn Gould Foundation announced on February 21 in Toronto that Robert Lepage was awarded the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize for his groundbreaking and influential works that fuse diverse media into cohesive stories that surprise, challenge and delight.

An international symbol of creative excellence, The Glenn Gould Prize – which has been referred to as “The Nobel Prize of the Arts” – is awarded biennially to a living individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts. 

A tribute to Glenn Gould’s artistry and his multifaceted contributions to culture, the prize promotes the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives.

Past laureates include Leonard Cohen (2011), Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008) founder of El Sistema, Pierre Boulez (2002), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1990).

Mr. Lepage will subsequently choose an outstanding young artist who embodies the qualities of creative promise, innovation and career potential demonstrated by Gould in his youth to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. 

Mr. Lepage and his protégé will receive their awards at a gala ceremony in Toronto and their work will be honoured through a series of public events presented later in the year.

For additional details, please see the Glenn Gould Foundation press release.

The Andersen Project recognized at the Elliot Norton Awards


Ex Machina is proud to announce that The Andersen Project was honored in the two categories for which it was nominated during the last Elliot Norton Awards ceremony, held this Monday May 21.

The Andersen Project was nominated in the Outstanding Design (Large Theater) and Outstanding Solo Performance categories, thanks to Yves Jacques’ performance.

Press Release (FR only)

The Andersen Project nominated at the Elliot Norton Awards


Following the recent performances in Boston Boston, The Andersen Project received two nominations for the upcoming Elliot Norton Awards:

  • Yves Jacques is nominated for his solo performance in the Outstanding Solo Performance category
  • Ex Machina is also nominated in the Outstanding Design (Large Theater) category (Jean Le Bourdais [set], Catherine Higgins [costumes], Nicolas Marois [lighting], Jean-Sébastien Côte [sound], Marie-France Lanvière [properties], Jean-Nicholas Marquis [puppetry], Jacques Collin, Véronique Couturier and David Leclerc [images])

The award ceremony will be held on May 21 – congratulations to all nominees!

The Image Mill recognized by the CSST


On October 26 2011 was held the regional finale for the Prix innovation en santé et sécurité du travail 2011. These CSST awards recognize innovation, but also individuals who spend time and energy to improve safety in their work environment. The Image Mill was honored in the “Large companies” category.

The national gala will be held on April 24 2012 at the Québec City Convention Centre.

Click here to watch The Image Mill presentation video.

Click here to read the official press release (available in French only).

MIT recognizes Robert Lepage


Robert Lepage is the recipient of the 2012 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The award, one of the most generous cultural honors in the U.S., is bestowed upon individuals whose artistic trajectory and body of work indicate that they will achieve the highest distinction in their fields.
The award reflects MIT’s commitment to risk-taking, problem solving, and the idea of connecting creative minds across disciplines.
The official announcement will be made at the Council’s 39th annual meeting at MIT on October 27 and the award ceremony will be held in April 2012.

MIT press release (PDF) (English version)
Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

From October 19 to 23, the Bunge grain silos will glow pink


To show support for women and their families affected by breast cancer and increase popular awareness about the battle against this disease, permanent lighting installations Aurora Borealis will cast a pink glow on the Bunge grain silos from October 19 to 23 at the occasion of the Québec ville en rose event.
Many Quebec organizations will do the same to show their support for all the work accomplished by the Deschênes-Fabia Breast Disease Center multidisciplinary team of the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec (CHA). See how you can join Québec ville en rose: visit

On stage in October and November


The Far Side of the Moon will take the stage at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens from October 12 to October 16. Then, the New York Metropolitan Opera will present Siegfried, Wagner’s part three of the Ring cycle. The opera will premiere on October 27 and two more sold out performances will be given in November. Finally, Sylvie Guillem, Russell Maliphant and Robert Lepage will perform Eonnagata in Tokyo from November 17 to November 20.

The Prix des abonnés du Trident awarded to Yves Jacques


On Tuesday September 20, the Prix des abonnés du Théâtre du Trident was awarded to Yves Jacques for his moving performance in The Far Side of the Moon. In coproduction with Ex Machina, Robert Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon, was presented eleven years after its creation at the Théâtre du Trident from January 11 to February 5, 2011, with extras on February 8, 9 and 10. Highlight of the Trident’s 40th season, the play won the audience over and Yves Jacques’ flawless performance was critically acclaimed. Greece is next for the play as it will be presented from October 12 to 16 at Athens’ Onassis Cultural Center.

Le Rossignol, Renard et autres fables: A must-have souvenir book

LE ROSSIGNOL, RENARD ET AUTRES FABLES : A must-have souvenir book

Ex Machina, in collaboration with Alto, publishes a limited edition souvenir book to mark the Quebec representations of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, directed by Robert Lepage. This souvenir book will be available for purchase at the August 2, 3, 5 and 6 performances during the first Festival d’opéra de Québec, held at the Grand Théâtre. Robert Lepage’s direction of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables will be shown for the first time in Quebec. This souvenir edition will also be available on Ex Machina’s website as well as in bookstores.

Press release available in French