Alanienouidet

Collaboration with Robert Lepage
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Premiered at the National Arts Centre in January 1992, directed by Robert Lepage starring Randy Hughson, Marie Brassard, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Yves Sioui Durand, and others. Also presented at the Carrefour Theatre Festival in Quebec City.

“From an intriguing piece of history, Ackerman and Lepage have created a dreamy, centrifugal play that radiates from the centre of Kean’s disintegrating imagination to form a complex metaphor of colliding cultures.”
Laim Lacey, The Globe and Mail. Jan 23, 1992.

 A loose text created for the improvisational approach of Robert Lepage. The idea was inspired by an historical incident: in1826 British stage icon Edmund Kean make a North American tour, stopping in Montreal and Quebec City.

Three native Indian chiefs attended a performance of Richard III at the Royal Theatre in Quebec, and afterwards, invited Kean to visit their village at Lorette.

They presented him with tribal robes and gave him the honorary name of Alanienouidet, meaning ‘a strong wind on drifting snow’. For years, Kean could be seen roaming the streets of London dressed as a Huron chief.

A portrait of him in native regalia (pictured here) hangs in the Garrick Club, London. This play deals with Kean’s visit to Lorette, his visions and memories of the lost weekend.

Why We Pay Rock Concert Prices for Robert Lepage. | Toronto Life, October, 2010 By Marianne Ackerman. Available from the author.