Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez: The Language of Theatre

Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez. The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative pairs a young artist with a veteran artist in a similar discipline for a year-long mentorship program. This year, Argentinian theatre artist Matías Umpierrez was paired with master theatremaker Robert Lepage of Quebec City, Canada. In their time together, these two multidisciplinary artists crossed language barriers, cultural divides, and borders, with projects melding opera, film, music, movement, and theatre. The 2016-17 program culminated earlier this week as part of the Rolex Arts Weekend in Berlin, Germany. Matías Umpierrez. Umpierrez’s works include a virtual theatre piece featuring actors performing live from different parts of the world, and site-specific performances from factories in Sâo Paulo to mountaintops in the Pyrenees. “My projects move around the borders that exist between performing arts, visual arts, and cinema, activating the dialogue among audience, stage, speech, scene, and territory,” he says. It is fitting match for Lepage, whose company Ex Machina , based in Quebec City, is known for fusing different art forms to create transdisciplinary, global works. In addition to the opportunities to travel and to observe Lepage, Umpierrez knew that the mentorship program would also allow him to work on his […]

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