EX MACHINA

EX MACHINA

Frame by Frame

A ballet based on the life and work of Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren
By Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté

About the Ballet
The legendary Canadian filmmaker and animator Norman McLaren set new standards for his art form throughout his long and illustrious career.
Best-known for his ACADEMY AWARD® winning film Neighbours (1952), McLaren’s experiments in various forms of animation and his innovative use of sound, music and drawn-on-film techniques saw him create works of unparalleled richness, visual brilliance and beauty, influencing subsequent generations of filmmakers the world over.

Now, the renowned playwright, director, actor and filmmaker Robert Lepage comes to The National Ballet of Canada for the first time to collaborate with the company’s Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté in a multidisciplinary production that explores Norman McLaren’s life and work. Incorporating and interweaving several different media, the ballet is both an evocation of and inquiry into the world and imagination of one of Canada’s most uncategorizable and accomplished, yet elusive, artists.

Frame by Frame is a collaboration between The National Ballet of Canada, Ex Machina and The National Film Board of Canada.