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The Andersen Project
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  • Written and directed by
    Robert Lepage
  • Performed by
    Yves Jacques
  • Script Collaborators
    Peder Bjurman, Marie Gignac
  • Assistant Director & Stage Manager
    Félix Dagenais
  • Associate Set Designer
    Jean Le Bourdais
  • Associate Lighting Designer
    Nicolas Marois
  • Sound Designer
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Costume Designer
    Catherine Higgins
  • Properties
    Marie-France Larivière
  • Puppeteer
    Jean-Nicolas Marquis
  • Images produced by
    Jacques Collin, Véronique Couturier, David Leclerc
  • Wig Master
    Richard Hansen
  • Robert Lepage's agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Production Manager
    Louise Roussel
  • Production Manager (Touring)
    Marie-Pierre Gagné
  • Tour Manager
    Isabelle Lapointe
  • Technical Director
    Serge Côté
  • Technical Director (touring)
    Simon Cloutier
  • Lighting Manager
    Félix Bernier Guimond
  • Sound Manager
    Caroline Turcot
  • Video Manager
    Nicolas Dostie
  • Wardrobe and Prop Manager
    Isabel Poulin
  • Head Stagehand
    Catherine Guay
  • Technical Consultant
    Tobie Horswill
  • Collaboration to the improvisational and creative process
    Normand Poirier
  • Make-up
    Nathalie Gagné
  • Assistant to the Costume Designer
    Jennifer Tremblay
  • Costumes Cutter
    Nicole Fortin
  • Seamstress
    Hélène Ruel
  • Musics
    Una Furtiva Lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti, performed by Vincenzo La Scola, used by arrangement with Naxos of America
  • Sonate pour violon et piano #1 en Fa majeur by Edvard Grieg, performed by Olivier Charlier and Brigitte Engerer, used by arrangement with Harmonia Mundi
  • Sweet Surrender (DJ Tiësto Remix) by Sarah McLachlan, used by arrangement with Tyde Music & Nettwerk Productions
  • Pas de deux (from the ballet Le Papillon) by Jacques Offenbach, performed by John Georgiadis, used by arrangement with Universal Music Canada for Decca London
  • Set building
    Les Conceptions visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr
  • Horse's cart Maker
    Martin Beausoleil
  • Sculpture Maker ("Femme piquée par un serpent")
    Patrick Binette
  • Lighting Designer's Trainee (creation)
    Jennifer Jimenez
    (Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program)
  • Audioguide voice
    Ulla Henningsen
  • Production
    Ex Machina
  • Coproduction
    Auckland Festival
    Bite:06, Barbican, London
    Bonlieu Scène Nationale, Annecy
    Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid
    Cal Performances, Berkeley
    Canadian Stage, Toronto
    Carolina Performing Arts
    Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
    Change Performing Arts, Milan
    Emerson College, Boston
    La Comète (scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne)
    La Coursive, La Rochelle
    Le Festival d'automne à Paris
    Le Grand Théâtre de Québec
    Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal
    Le Théâtre du Trident, Québec
    Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d'Ottawa
    Le Théâtre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine
    Le Théâtre National de Chaillot
    Le Théâtre National de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
    Le Volcan - Scène nationale du Havre
    LG Arts Center, Seoul
    Maison des Arts, Créteil
    MC2 : Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
    National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Centre, Taipei
    Pilar de Yzaguirre - Ysarca Art Promotions, Madrid
    Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo
    spielzeiteuropa I Berliner Festspiele 
    Teatre Lliure, Barcelona
    The Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation
    The Sydney Festival
    Théâtre de Caen
    Wiener Festwochen, Vienna
  • Associate Producer, Europe, Japan
    Richard Castelli
  • Associate Producer, United Kingdom
    Michael Morris
  • Associate Producer, The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ
    Menno Plukker
  • Producer for Ex Machina
    Michel Bernatchez
  • Acknowledgements: Le-Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg; Odense City Museums
  • Ex Machina is funded by Quebec's Arts and Literature Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Quebec.

The Andersen Project


A Modern Fairy-Tale

Having come to Paris at the behest of the Opéra Garnier, which has commissioned him to write the libretto for a children’s opera based on a fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a Québécois songwriter settles down in a friend’s apartment, rue Saint-Denis. During his stay, he necessarily meets people: one of the Opéra’s senior managers (a man with some odd and unusual likings), a young janitor and graffiti artist of North African descent, as well as a dog who could well be guiding the tale along its way

Freely inspired from two stories by Andersen (The Dryad and The Shadow) and from anecdotes drawn from the famed Danish author’s Parisian travels, The Andersen Project calls on some of Lepage’s recurring themes: the confrontation of romanticism and modernism, of recognized and underground art forms, between past and present. However, in this new solo work, he also explores more troubling territories: questions about sexual identity, unfulfilled fantasies and a thirst for recognition and fame that are drawn from Andersen’s life and writings, only to serve as a filigree to the modern tale.

Once again, Lepage tells the story of a Québécois whose travels abroad and meetings with Others allow him to find out what defines, motivates and inspires him.

Book (available in French)
Le Projet Andersen


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