Renowned Canadian artist Robert Lepage honoured by performers' unions

    QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Renowned Canadian theatre artist Robert
Lepage will be honoured on Sunday October 14, 2007 in a gala celebration to
recognize his cultural contribution to Canada and the world. The honour is
presented by three Canadian performer unions: ACTRA, Canadian Actors' Equity
Association (Equity) and Union des artistes (UDA).
    "Our three unions are strong advocates for artists and for cultural
diversity. Robert Lepage is a shining example of why we support artists - his
work is anchored in a local context and yet, he is known internationally,
bringing a local cultural reference to a worldwide audience," said Raymond
Legault, Union des artistes President.
    "Mr. Lepage is an impressive ambassador for Canadian culture, for our
artists, and for Quebec. He speaks to the world through his art, and in doing
so, brings a part of Canada to a global audience," said Allan Teichman, Equity
    "Mr. Lepage melds his substantial talents as an actor, director and
screenwriter to create works that push the boundaries of performance and art.
How fitting to honour one who breaks down barriers as we gather as
international performers seeking to do the same," said Richard Hardacre, ACTRA
National President.
    The Tribute to Robert Lepage followed several days of meetings by
performer unions from around the world, in Quebec City to attend the
International Federation of Actors' (FIA) Executive Committee.
    A theatrical pioneer, Robert Lepage has proven to be a master of almost
every performing art genre, from drama, opera, film, and rock concert staging
to multimedia installations and musical theatre. Numerous theatrical
productions including The Dragons' Trilogy and The Far Side of the Moon have
toured internationally to critical and popular acclaim. His films, including
Le Confessionnal, Le Polygraphe and his first English feature film, Possible
Worlds, have also garnered international attention and admiration.
    Lepage's creative approach demonstrates a fearlessness of new technology.
In 1997 he became founding artistic director of La Caserne Dalhousie (Centre
of Creation), a multidisciplinary production centre in Quebec City, where his
company Ex Machina resides. This innovative multimedia company celebrated its
10th anniversary earlier this year.
    In 2003, he was recipient of the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the Government of
Québec's most prestigious theatre award. Earlier this year, Lepage, along with
Peter Zadek, received The Europe Theatre Prize, the most important
acknowledgement awarded to an artist's theatrical work.
    In recognition of his contribution to the arts in Quebec and Canada,
Robert Lepage was presented with a bronze sculpture fashioned by renowned
Québécois artist René Derouin.

    FIA represents live performance and recorded media performers' trade
unions, guilds and associations around the world with affiliated members on
every continent.

    ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the
national organization of professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of
21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed
professional performing community.

    Equity is the voice of professional theatre, opera and dance artists
working in live performance in English Canada.

    UDA is a professional union representing French-language performers
working in Canada in the sectors of theatre, opera, dance, sound recording,
television, cinema advertising and dubbing.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Ponting, ACTRA National PR, (416)
644-1519, 1-800-387-3516 ext. 4045,; Lynn McQueen, Canadian
Actors' Equity Association, (416) 867-9165, (416) 476-7037,;
Anne-Marie Des Roches, Union des artistes, (514) 239-8412,

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