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Legendary Canadian artist Robert Lepage (The Andersen Project) returns with a reimagined version of his acclaimed Needles and Opium, a cinematic exploration of art, love and addiction. Still as relevant as when it premiered twenty years ago, Lepage concocts a story triggered by the art of poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau and American jazz artist Miles Davis, who coincidently crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1949 when visiting each other’s cities. Through a hypnotic series of vignettes set in a cube suspended in midair, characters tumble from the boulevards of Paris to the back alleys of New York in this fascinating exploration of how the echoes of history affect our daily struggles. With music, magic and Lepage’s signature visual aesthetic, this noir‐drenched examination of the soul turns heartbreak into art.
About Robert Lepage
Robert Lepage is a director of film and stage, actor and playwright. He founded Ex Machina, his multidisciplinary production company, in 1994 and has won a number of accolades which include; the medal of the Officers of the Ordre national du Quebec, the Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, the Prix Europe and the Stanislavski Award, among others. Lepage’s new Ring cycle for The Metropolitan Opera was performed in New York in 2012.