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NAC French Theatre: Gabriel Dumont’s dream of a Wild West Show realized for the stage

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Patrick Langston, preview
October 12, 2017

Johnathan Lorenge.the Wild West Show

A scene from Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show produced by the NAC’s French Theatre department. Photo  Johnathan Lorenge.


Gabriel Dumont would be intrigued. Dumont, the ally of Louis Riel and leader of the Métis forces during the 1885 North-West Rebellion against the Canadian government, fled Canada for the U.S. after the rebellion was quashed and Riel hung.

In the U.S., he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, but he didn’t stick for long. However, it turns out he did dream of creating something similar in Canada to spotlight the struggle of the Métis people to reclaim their rights.
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The Andersen Project, Conceived, Written, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage

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The  latest creation  by Robert Lepage  has finally come home. It opened a year ago in Quebec. It has since played in Australia France, England , no doubt changing with each new performance  because Lepage’s stagings, which  continuously absorb new  elements,  are never really finished but ultimately in a state of permanent process.

I have seen most of Lepage’s works and it appears clear that the Andersen Project displays a level of elegant refinement ,  a stage  esthetics that has been  purified to a point of  perfection that I have never before seen in his work. Gone are the flashy gimmicks, the  spectacular effects ,the accumulation of gasp inducing  technical apparatus. This is a work of  discrete flowing beauty, that appears to be  so flawless, its traces  implant themselves   insidiously  and indelibly  in the memory of the spectator.

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