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The Blue Dragon
The Blue Dragon
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  • Text
    Marie Michaud and Robert Lepage
  • English translation
    Michael Mackenzie
  • Director
    Robert Lepage
  • Assistant to the Director
    Félix Dagenais
  • Performed by
    Marie Michaud, Henri Chassé, Tai Wei Foo
  • Set Designer
    Michel Gauthier
  • Properties Designer
    Jeanne Lapierre
  • Sound Designer
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Lighting Designer
    Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun
  • Costume Designer
    François St-Aubin
    Assisted by Jessica Poirier-Chang
  • Projection Designer
    David Leclerc
  • Choreographer
    Tai Wei Foo
  • Director's Agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Production Manager
    Julie Marie Bourgeois
  • Technical Director
    Pierre Gagné
  • Tour Manager
    Anastasia Kitsos
  • Stage Manager
    Christian Garon
    Caroline Ferland
  • Sound Manager
    Marcin Bunar
  • Video Manager
    Alexis Rivest
  • Lighting Manager
    David Desrochers
  • Wardrobe and Prop Manager
    Jeanne Lapierre
  • Chief Stagehand
    Chloé Blanchet
  • Stagehand
    Simon Laplante
  • Technical Consultant
    Toby Horswill and Catherine Guay
  • Wigs
    Richard Hansen
  • Set building
    Astuce Décors inc.
    Les Conceptions visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr inc.
    Conception Alain Gagné inc.
  • Chinese calligraphy
    Truong Chanh Trung
  • Produced by
    Ex Machina
  • In co-production with
    La Comète (scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne)
    La Filature, Scène Nationale de Mulhouse
    MC2: Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
    Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal
    Festival Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y León, Salamanca 2008
    Théâtre du Trident, Québec
    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
    UCLA Live
    Canada's National Arts Centre, Ottawa
    Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley
    Barbican bite 10, London
    BITEF Belgrade International Theater Festival
    Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre
    TNT - Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
    Ulster Bank Dublin Festival
    Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid
    Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris
    Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
    Melbourne International Arts Festival
    Mirvish Productions, Toronto
    Napoli Teatro Festival Italia
  • 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
  • Ex Machina is funded by Quebec's Arts and Literature Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Quebec.

The Blue Dragon


Québécois director Robert Lepage’s characters are often travellers drawn to the revealing encounter with the other, the exotic, the unknown. Yet in all the stories Lepage has told through opera, film, or theatre, only one of his characters has ever gone away for good— Pierre Lamontagne, the central figure in The Dragons’ Trilogy, who departs as the play closes to study art in China.

Twenty years later, Lamontagne resurfaces in Shanghai’s Moganshan 50, a former industrial complex converted into an arts centre, now the heart of the contemporary Chinese art scene. Here he meets Claire Forêt, a Montreal ad executive, arrives for a visit to rekindle their friendship and adopt a Chinese baby. Claire, who had known Pierre in another life at art school, casts a decidedly western eye on his current existence. Through the shock of their rediscovery and confrontation, their common past opens an unexpected door to the future for both. Enter Xiao Ling, a Chinese artist exhibiting at Pierre’s gallery. As she faces wrenching choices, the young woman awakens hopes long buried in Claire.

In the effervescent paradox that is modern China, the collision of these three characters brings about fundamental changes for each.

Co-written by Robert Lepage, winner of the 2007 Europe Theatre Prize, and his collaborator Marie Michaud (who also co-authored The Dragons’ Trilogy), and performed by Lepage, Michaud, and dancer Tai Wei Foo, The Blue Dragon bears all the hallmarks of Lepage’s original, brilliant, and highly visual style. As always, Lepage relies on the one inexhaustible resource the theatre possesses—the audience’s intelligence.

The Blue Dragon


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