Québec playwright Robert Lepage returns to BAM Next Wave Festival with the U.S. premiere of Lipsynch, an 8 1/2-hour performance that explores the voice as a compelling metaphor for human expression and interaction. Pushing the boundaries of stage narrative, Lepage takes audiences on a riveting theatrical journey with nine individual tales woven into a spellbinding marathon experience that spans 70 years and traverses the world from war-torn Vienna and pre-revolutionary Nicaragua to contemporary London.
From the primal wail of a baby's first hours to the refined coloratura of a diva's aria, the human voice in all its manifestations serves as Lepage's thematic undercurrent, giving life to the characters' heartrending quests for verity in a world of vocal misfires.
Lipsynch may be seen in its entirety during weekend marathons on Oct 3, 4, 10, or 11 (with on-site meals available for purchase in advance. The production's three parts may also be seen on successive weeknights (Oct 6, 7, and 8).
Robert Lepage and John Ralston Saul on Cultural Identity
Also part of the Next Wave Festival , Lepage will also discuss his artistic vision, conception of theater and cultural identity in the digital age with John Ralston Saul—author of Voltaire's Bastards and The Collapse of Globalism – on October 5 at 6:30pm.
Le Confessionnal at BAMcinematek
Lepage’s first feature Le Confessional will be screened at BAMcinematek on October 5 at 4:30pm and 8:15pm. This bifurcated mystery set in Quebec City alternates between the present day, in which Pierre Lamontagne (Lothaire Bluteau) searches for his brother, and 1952, when Alfred Hitchcock was in Quebec City filming I Confess—which serves as the backdrop for the unraveling of the Lamontagne’s family secrets. Winner of the 1995 Genie Award for Best Canadian Film, Le Confessional also features Kristin Scott Thomas as Hitchcock’s assistant.
For more information and tickets:
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn