Design and manufacture of puppets
for the play Courville
by Robert Lepage and Ex Machina

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From July 2020 to September 2021, we enthusiastically designed and built the puppets for the theater production Courville, a production by Robert Lepage and Ex Machina, whose world premiere was presented in the fall of 2021 at the Théâtre Le Diamant in Quebec.

In order to embody this work poetically inspired by the playwright's adolescence, sixteen large puppets were born, taking on the roles of the main characters with whom Robert Lepage, the creator and narrator of the story, enters into a relationship in many ways :  he manipulates them, weaves sensitive links with them and gives each of them a unique personality and voice !

In the spirit of one of the ancient Japanese theatrical traditions, the bunraku, puppeteers all dressed in black, true virtuosos of manipulation, bring these characters to life.

This extraordinary creative experience was enriched by weeks of captivating rehearsals at the Théâtre Le Diamant with a team of extraordinarily talented and so friendly people!

We would like to acknowledge the participation of our ingenious and wonderful collaborators in the making of the puppets : Carole White, Camille McMillan, Isabelle Frenette, Hélène Renaud and Annabelle Roy.



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