La dichiarazione di Robert Lepage
“To me, what is most appalling is the intolerant discourse heard both on the street and in some media. Everything that led to this cancellation is a direct blow to artistic freedom.”
Mr. Lepage said theatre is based on the principle of someone playing someone else or pretending to be someone else.
“Stepping into the shoes of another person to try to understand them, and in the process, perhaps understand ourselves, better,” he said. “This ancient ritual requires that we borrow, for the duration of a performance, someone else’s look, voice, accent and at times even gender.
“But when we are no longer allowed to step into someone else’s shoes, when it is forbidden to identify with someone else, theatre is denied its very nature, it is prevented from performing its primary function and is thus rendered meaningless.”
Quebec stage director Robert Lepage broke his silence Friday on the abrupt cancellation of his controversial SLAV show, calling it a direct attack on artistic freedom.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival cancelled the show Wednesday amid heavy criticism it amounted to cultural appropriation because it featured a white woman and largely white cast singing songs composed by black slaves.