December 5 – 19, 2017
Tuesday – Saturday at 7:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
Théâtre du Soleil
Directed by Robert Lepage
Dramaturg: Michel Nadeau
Creative Director and Design: Steve Blanchet
Assistant Director: Lucile Cocito
Set Designer: Ariane Sauvé
Lighting Designer: Lucie Bazzo
Image Designer: David Leclerc
Costumes: Marie-Hélène Bouvet
Co-commission by Park Avenue Armory, Ex Machina, and Théâtre du Soleil
Actor, playwright, and director Robert Lepage melds his creative vision with the legendary theater ensemble Le Théâtre du Soleil for an epic new work commissioned by the Armory that explores the treatment of the indigenous people of Canada. KANATA marks the first-time founder Ariane Mnouchkine has opened up her troupe to collaborate with an outside director.
This monumental three-part theater piece takes audiences on a moving journey through unexpected and sometimes somber episodes of Canadian history, as told through a variety of artistic lenses from the beginning of the 19th century to modern times. The first act of the trilogy examines the interactions of the Huron tribe with famed Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean as documented in paintings from the time; the second act focuses on the plight of nearly 150,000 children of the native Canadian community that were forced to assimilate in “Indian Residential schools” as told through the eyes of a documentary photographer; and the third act brings the audience to the present day, telling the stories of indigenous women that have disappeared around Vancouver’s notorious Eastside and the artistic responses that have attempted to bring their faces and identities back into focus. The resulting series of vignettes combine deeply personal stories and collective memory to find a shared humanity while attempting to give back repose to tormented souls.