Juliette at Zulu Time: Robert Lepage and the aesthetics of ‘techno-en-scene’

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Abstract

Juliette at Zulu Time looks at how Robert Lepage's theatre communicates through form that is content, exploring the medium until he discovers something that has an echo in the audience. It also explores how changes in the social context politicize reception of the performance. The article analyses the use of multimedia in two of Robert Lepage's productions – Romeo and Juliette in Saskatchewan (1989) and Zulu Time (1999). Although Romeo and Juliette in Saskatchewan was a text-based production and Zulu Time a devised performance, and there is gap of more than ten years between the two productions, they share a similar use of creative vocabulary taken from different media. This paper explores ways in which these productions borrow and incorporate the language of other media-film, robotics and digital art – within their own performance mise-en-scene to create a techno-en-scene.

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