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Robert Lepage willing to sit down with opponents of upcoming show – CP

by pmnationtalk on July 16, 201836 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Jul 16, 2018 12:28

MONTREAL _ Quebec director Robert Lepage says he is willing to meet with people who are opposed to one of his his upcoming shows because it does not include Indigenous performers.

About 30 people signed an open letter in Le Devoir on Saturday to denounce Lepage for the absence of Indigenous actors in the show called Kanata.

The show, which claims to explore Canada’s history “through the lens of the relationship between white and Aboriginal peoples,” will be performed in Paris in December by a French acting group.

The criticism comes shortly after a run of Lepage’s play SLAV was cancelled amid accusations of racial insensitivity because it featured few black actors.

Lepage is proposing the meeting be held on Thursday when Paris theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine will be in Montreal.

Lepage is also offering to meet with representatives of a group opposed to SLAV before the next time it is presented early next year. But a spokesman for the group said today it had not yet had any formal contact from Lepage.

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