Finalist, 2016, 2019
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Theatre director, author, actor and musician, Christian Lapointe is the artistic director of the Théâtre Péril and cofounder of the Canadian theatrical collective CINAPS. He studied theatre at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec and the National Theatre School. Since 2000, he has mostly worked on symbolist plays and In-yer-face theatre. Lapointe is also the author of a cycle of plays grouped together under the title Théâtre de la Disparition. He has put on his own plays, including CHS (short for “combustion humaine spontanée”) and Anky ou la fuite / Opéra du désordre, with the Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec and in the official selection of the Festival d’Avignon.
Finalist, 2016, 2019
After founding le Théâtre Péril in 2000, Christian Lapointe has run le Théâtre Carte blanche, in Québec City, since 2013. Since 2001, he has directed some thirty productions, drawing principally on the symbolist repertoire (Yeats, Maeterlinck, Villiers de l’Isle Adam) and the contemporary repertoire (Crimp, Viripaev, Duras, Arsenault, Handke, Sauvageau), while also directing productions of his own plays. The signature of his productions, where the presentation of the text holds a preponderant place, borrows from performance art and they are conceived from theatrical settings that often approach installation video. He also devotes part of his time to passing the torch to younger artists through his masterclasses, his courses and the directing he has done at various places, including at l’École supérieure de théâtre, where he is a professor, an at l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada. In 2009, he took part in the official programming for the Festival d’Avignon. In 2015, he gave a 70-hour on-going performance reading of the works of Antonin Artaud within the framework of the Festival TransAmériques. In 2018 and 2019, in coproduction with some ten Québécois theatres, he directed,in collaboration with l’Institut du Nouveau Monde, the project Constituons !. In that project, an assembly made up equally of men and women chosen at random and representing the Québec population, from all across the Province, was brought together to write the first Consitution of the citizens of Québec. This was officially delivered to the Assemblée nationale du Québec on 29 May, 2019. The play, Constituons !, performed and directed by the artist, relates the ups and downs of this vast adventure, which juxtaposes art and citizenship in the testing ground of the theatre as a popular agora.
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