Robert Lepage honored in Japan for his body of work

Robert Lepage honored in Japan for his body of work< /p> UPDATE DAY

Actor, director, playwright and filmmaker Robert Lepage has received the 2022 Japan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The event took place on Tuesday in Tokyo. The man of the theater thus becomes the first Canadian to receive this distinction. 

The host Geneviève Borne, who accompanied the director who is for her a great friend and a companion longtime travel entrepreneur, posted photos and a video of Robert Lepage receiving his award in Tokyo on Tuesday. 

“Live from Tokyo! Robert Lepage receives a Japan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, she wrote. He is the first Canadian to receive this award! Very proud of my friend… It was also an opportunity to meet Chénier La Salle, the super friendly new Quebec delegate to Japan!

The latter also took the time to publish a long message on his Facebook page to highlight this important event and this great honor awarded to a Quebec artist. 

“There are few Quebec artists whose international careers we follow with so much fascination,” he wrote, speaking of Robert Lepage. Yes we have our diva, our favorite directors, but Robert is a little different. He works in the world of avant-garde theatre, creation that strikes and arouses emotion through innovation in acting, space and visuals. The greatest musicians and producers come looking for him to give their work his personal touch… and Robert takes us on a journey with him through his career.

He pointed out that the Japanese had noticed the immense contribution to the world of the scene as well as the love for their country on the part of Robert Lepage. “Today they pay him the compliments that Lepage gave them through his work; they gave him a great honor.

“I was proud to represent Quebec at this ceremony and to follow – very closely this time – his career,” he added. 

Actor, director, playwright, director, as well as artistic director of Ex Machina, Robert Lepage has, among other achievements, presented The Seven Branches of the Ōta River on Hiroshima in Japan. He has also collaborated with several Japanese artists. 

“This prize was awarded to him for his significant influence on the Japanese performing arts and his contribution to the promotion of better international mutual understanding” , can we read on the website of the Consulate General of Japan in Montreal.