Controversial Lepage show 'Kanata' to get debut in Paris
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 1:22PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 5, 2018 7:25PM EDT
A play that was cancelled after being the centre of a firestorm over cultural appropriation in Quebec will get a debut in Paris.
Robert Lepage’s ‘Kanata’ was harshly criticized by Indigenous communities for telling the story of the meeting of white colonists and Canada’s Aboriginal people without any input from Indigenous artists.
On Wednesday, the Theatre du Soleil released a statement saying it had reached an agreement with Lepage to present the show under the title ‘Kanata – Episode I – Controversy.’
Lepage’s production company, Ex Machina, announced the show’s cancellation earlier this summer, citing the withdrawal of North American co-producers.
It was the second Lepage show to get cancelled in Montreal over concerns of cultural appropriation. ‘SLAV,’ which featured black slave songs sung by a mostly white cast was nixed after several performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.