Adaptation in Theatre and Performance

Robert Lepage’s Scenographic Dramaturgy

The Aesthetic Signature at Work

Authors: Poll, Melissa

  • Explores Robert Lepage's work through the new lens of 'scenographic dramaturgy'
  • Speaks to the theatre-making process from the interdisciplinary perspective of a professional actor and scholar
  • Offers the first case study of Lepage’s infamous, sixteen-million-dollar adaptation of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera
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About this book

This book theorizes auteur Robert Lepage’s scenography-based approach to adapting canonical texts. Lepage’s technique is defined here as ‘scenographic dramaturgy’, a process and product that de-privileges dramatic text and relies instead on evocative, visual performance and intercultural collaboration to re-envision extant plays and operas. Following a detailed analysis of Lepage’s adaptive process and its place in the continuum of scenic writing and auteur theatre, this book features four case studies charting the role of Lepage’s scenographic dramaturgy in re-‘writing’ extant texts, including Shakespeare’s Tempest on Huron-Wendat territory, Stravinsky’s Nightingale in a twenty-seven ton pool, and Wagner’s Ring cycle via the infamous, sixteen-million-dollar Metropolitan Opera production. The final case study offers the first interrogation of Lepage’s twenty-first century ‘auto-adaptations’ of his own seminal texts, The Dragons’ Trilogy and Needles & Opium. Though aimed at academic readers, this book will also appeal to practitioners given its focus on performance-making, adaptation and intercultural collaboration.

About the authors

​Melissa Poll is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her research on Robert Lepage, performance-making, interculturalism and contemporary theatre criticism has been published in Body, Space & Technology Journal, Interventions/Contemporary Theatre Review, Canadian Theatre Review and Theatre Research in Canada

Reviews

“This volume is a wonderful addition to the study of Lepage’s work which accomplishes something entirely new. By combining a study of his rarely discussed operatic work, alongside an investigation of his smaller and more personal productions, Poll manages to create a more all-encompassing critical approach to the complex directorial approach of one of the world’s most enigmatic directors. For Lepage scholars this is a must-read text which brings together what appear to be disparate elements of this director’s approach into something cohesive and complex.” (Christie Carson, Royal Holloway University of London, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Poll, Melissa

    Pages 1-18

  • Scenographic Dramaturgy & Auteuring Adaptations

    Poll, Melissa

    Pages 19-50

  • The Nightingale and Other Short Fables: Co-authoring Atypical Opera

    Poll, Melissa

    Pages 51-87

  • Adapting Wagner’s Siegfried: Making Music Visible at the Metropolitan Opera

    Poll, Melissa

    Pages 89-121

  • ‘Le Grand Will’ in Wendake: Ex Machina and the Huron-Wendat Nation’s La Tempête

    Poll, Melissa

    Pages 123-150

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73368-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73367-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Robert Lepage’s Scenographic Dramaturgy
Book Subtitle
The Aesthetic Signature at Work
Authors
Series Title
Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73368-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73368-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73367-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 199
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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