Robert Lepage on ditching the plan and embracing imperfection

Quebec-born Robert Lepage is one of Canada's most honoured creative talents. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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There is no easy way to summarize the contribution Quebec-born Robert Lepage has made to the arts, and no single art to tie him to either. He is not only considered a genius in the field of theatre, but also a creative force in film, opera and Quebec's signature Cirque du Soleil shows.

The actor and director has earned a reputation for pushing boundaries and conjuring up complex visual effects. His one constant muse appears to be innovation itself.


Now, on the heels of his prestigious Glenn Gould Prize, Lepage joins Jian to reflect on winning a lifetime achievement award while still in his 50s, how to keep theater relevant in the age of Netflix, and why he's not afraid of chaos, imperfection or uncertainty.

"I want to be surprised by life ... I think that's more interesting," he tells Jian.

"There's nothing sadder than when things happen the way you've planned them, because we don't have a lot of imagination, you know."

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Lepage live in New York


This isn't the first time Lepage has sat opposite Jian for a proper chat. The actor and director was among the special guests who took the stage for an intimate Q Live taping in New York City. You can watch that 2011 conversation in the window embedded below.



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