The Tempest

Ex Machina, in collaboration with the Huron-Wendat Nation, will present The Tempest, by William Shakespeare in Wendake during summer of 2011. This new staging by Robert Lepage will be presented at the Wendake amphitheater from July 1st to 30th. The amphitheater is part of an exceptional natural setting near the St. Charles River, 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City. The show will bring together native and non-native performers and was presented for one month only.

The Tempest

Prospero, former Duke of Milan, was deposed by his brother Antonio and banished with his daughter Miranda on an uncharted island. Drawing on the magic of his books, he commands the elements and mysterious creatures: Ariel, spirit of air, and Caliban, half-savage monster. Ariel leads Prospero’s revenge by generating a storm that causes the sinking of Antonio’s boat, the usurper and Alphonse, the King of Naples. Stranded on the island, they undergo various punitive tests controlled by Prospero, and come out transformed.

The Tempest is often considered Shakespeare’s will, one of his major works in which the central character, Prospero, embodies and summarizes the philosophy of the greatest playwright in history.

Jean GuyProspero
Normand BissonnetteGonzalve
Frédérick BouffardAntonio
Chantal DupuisMiranda
Jean-François FaberÉtranglé
Steeve Gros-LouisAlphonse
Nicolas LétourneauStéphano
Marco PoulinCaliban
Francis RobergeFerdinand
Kathia RockAriel
Jean-Sébastien CôtéSound Design
Louis-Xavier Gagnon-LebrunLighting Design
Mara GottlerCostumes Design
David LeclercVideo Image Design
Virginie LeclercProps Design

Our partners

Tourisme Wendake
Desjardins Wendake
Le Soleil

Nation Huronne-Wendat
Desjardins des Rivières

Ex Machina is funded by the Canadian Council for the Arts, le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the City of Québec.


Ville de Québec


Press Release January 10, 2011 (PDF)

Press Release May 10, 2011 (PDF)