Robert Lepage

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and has also directed six feature films. After his studies at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec and studying for a year in Paris, Lepage returned to his home town where he wrote, directed and played in several independent productions. He joined Théâtre Repère in 1980, creating Circulations for the company in 1984, which was his breakthrough in Canada. From 1989 to 1993 Lepage was the artistic director of The National Arts Centre's Théâtre Français in Ottawa. He directed Needles and Opium and a trilogy of Shakespearean productions (Macbeth, Coriolanus, The Tempest) all of which toured the world. In 1994 Lepage set up his own multidisciplinary production company Ex Machina. As its artistic director, he has built up an impressive oeuvre over the past twenty years, including landmark theatre productions such as The Seven Streams of the River Ota (1994), Elsinore (1995), The Dragons' Trilogy (2003), Lipsynch (2007), The Blue Dragon (2008), Eonnagata (2009) and The Far Side of the Moon (2000), which won an Evening Standard Award. In 2012 he made Playing Cards: SPADES and Playing Cards: HEARTS. SPADES was performed at the Holland Festival in 2013.  Lepage has directed and produced several operas since 1993, including Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung (1993), 1984 for the Royal Opera House in London (2005), Stravinksy's The Rake's Progress for De Munt/La Monnaie in Brussels (2007), Wagner's Ring Cycle for The Metropolitan Opera New York (2010-2012) and The Tempest by Thomas Adès in 2012. His productions of Le Rossignol and Renard (Stravinsky) were performed at the Dutch National Opera in 2012.  Holland Festival director Ruth Mackenzie has worked with Robert Lepage since the 1990s, when she invited the UK premiere of Coriolanus and Elsinore to the Nottingham Playhouse and the Scottish premiere of Kindertotenlieder to the Scottish Opera. As well as theatre and opera, Lepage has been responsible for some spectacular performances by Cirque du Soleil, including Totem which had its European premiere in Amsterdam in 2010. Lepage received the prestigious Prix Europe in 2007 among others.