Slideshow The Dragons' Trilogy

Video Clip

The Dragons' Trilogy
// Tours


  • Text
    Marie Brassard
    Jean Casault
    Lorraine Côté
    Marie Gignac
    Robert Lepage
    Marie Michaud
  • Director
    Robert Lepage
  • Dramaturg
    Marie Gignac
  • Assistant to the director
    Félix Dagenais
  • Assistant to the director, original version
    Philippe Soldevila
  • Performed by
    Sylvie Cantin
    Jean Antoine Charest
    Simone Chartrand
    Hugues Frenette or Normand Bissonnette
    Tony Guilfoyle
    Éric Leblanc
    Véronika Makdissi-Warren
    Emily Shelton
  • Original music
    Robert Caux
  • Associate composer and musical arrangements
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Performed by
    Jean-Sébastien Côté or Martin Gauthier
  • Original set design
    Jean François Couture
    Gilles Dubé
  • Set design and properties assistant
    Vano Hotton
  • Properties assistant
    Marie-France Larivière
  • Lighting designer
    Sonoyo Nishikawa
  • Original lighting design
    Louis-Marie Lavoie
    Lucie Bazzo
  • Costume designer
    Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
    Assisted by
    Sylvie Courbron
  • Projection design
    Jacques Collin
  • Image design
    Lionel Arnould
  • Director's agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Production manager
    Louise Roussel
  • Production assistant
    Marie-Pierre Gagné
  • Tour manager
    Michel Bernatchez
    Valérie Lambert
    Isabelle Lapointe
    Louise Roussel
  • Technical director
    Serge Côté
  • Technical director (touring)
    Serge Côté
    Patrick Durnin
  • Stage manager
    Félix Dagenais
    Annie Pilon
  • Lighting manager
    Jean-François Couture
    Dominic Minguy-Jean
  • Sound and video manager
    Claude Cyr
    Gil Lapointe
  • Costumes and properties manager
    Marie-France Larivière
  • Head stagehand
    Simon Cloutier
    Éric Gingras
  • Assistant to costume and properties
    Sylvie Courbron
    Isabel Poulin
  • Technical consultant
    Tobie Horswill
  • Seamstresses
    Nicole Gadoury
    Valérie Couture
    Stéban Sanfaçon
  • Wigs
    Joëlle Monty
    Richard Hanson
    Rachel Tremblay
  • Choreography consultant
    Harold Rhéaume
  • Set building
    Les Conceptions Visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr
  • Additional Music
    Youkali/Music by Kurt Weill, Lyrics by Roger
    Used by arrangement with European American Music
    Corporation, agent for The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
    and agent for Heugel S.A.
  • Canadian Army Show images
    Fox Movietonews, Inc.
  • Cantonese translation
    Truong Chanh Trung
  • Produced by
    Ex Machina
  • In coproduction with
    Bergen Internasjonale Festival, Bergen
    BITE:05, Barbican, London
    Festival de Otono, Madrid
    Festwochen / Berliner Festspiele
    Kampnagel, Hamburg
    Le Festival de théâtre des Amériques, Montréal
    Les Francophonies en Limousin, Limoges
    Pilar de Yzaguirre - Ysarca Art Promotions, Madrid
    Schauspielhaus Zürich / Zürcher Festspiele"
    Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw
    Zagreb World Theatre Festival, Croatia
  • Associate producer, Europe, Japan
    Richard Castelli
  • Adjointes au producteur délégué, Europe, Japon
    Sarah Ford, Florence Berthaud
  • 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, Canada Council for the Arts, The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Quebec's Ministry of Culture and Communication and the City of Quebec.
  • Acknowledgements : Michel Gosselin, Jeffrey Hall
  • The Dragons' Trilogy original version was first performed on the 6th of June 1987, at Hangar 9 of the Vieux-Port de Montréal, within the Festival de théâtre des Amériques second edition.

The Dragons' Trilogy


In the beginning, there was nothing - or almost nothing. Six actors (including the director who had brought them together), two set designers and a producer, looking for the road to the Orient. A vacant lot turned into a parking, where imagination and memory would have to start digging.

In the beginning, there were three Chinatowns : one in Quebec City, in the 1930s, the backdrop to the Green Dragon symbolizing Springtime and Water; another in mid-20th Century Toronto, backdrop to the Red Dragon of Earth and Fire; a third, flourishing in Vancouver in the 1980s, where the autumnal and aerial White Dragon would deploy. There was an imaginary China, made of myth and a mess of miscellaneous rubbish : Tao, Yi King, Mah Jong, Tai Chi, Chinese laundries and Chinese Food, Tintin and the Blue Lotus, ying, yang, “chin chin”, and Made in Hong Kong. There was the story of aunt Marie-Paule, married to a Chinese man, a mother who had served in the CWACs, a parking watchman in his booth, and a glass sphere that played a Japanese melody.

In the beginning, there are Françoise and Jeanne. They are twelve and they are inseparable. They play shop with shoeboxes, using them to build a whole street, with boutiques and all. There is Lépine, the undertaker… There is Jeanne’s father’s barber shop, where she becomes fascinated with young Bédard’s red head, and where their eyes meet… There is old Wong’s laundry, where, on a cold night, William S. Crawford arrives, an Englishman hoping to set up shop in Quebec City…

Book (available in French)
La Trilogie des dragons


Page rendered in 0.1769 seconds •