La mise en scène du tandem Cloutier-Lepage est splendide, ingénieuse sans jamais prendre le dessus sur l’histoire. Le spectacle est un...
“In the Marquis de Sade, Robert Lepage has found an alter ego who, like him, is a slave to his passion. Moving!” Luc Boulanger, La Presse
- ≈ 2 hours and 20 minutes · No intermission
The plea of a sinister, subversive soul
How far would you go to silence someone who deliberately harms living beings and undermines morality? In the hands of Robert Lepage and Jean‑Pierre Cloutier, Doug Wright’s masterful work about the role of the artist, censorship, and the power of suppressed desires is rendered as a dazzling game of mirrors … that reflect the figure of the Marquis de Sade.
The Marquis de Sade is confined in the Charenton Asylum, where the Abbé de Coulmier is trying to rehabilitate him. Under pressure from his chief medical officer, and tormented by the scathing tongue and pen of his inmate, the warden gradually descends into a barbarity even worse than the one he is trying to eradicate. Interweaving brilliant intellectual debate and distressingly brutal accounts, this eloquent condemnation of censorship unfolds in a stage setting where illusions multiply and overlap, framing a masterful performance by Robert Lepage.
*** 16 years old and up ***
Special screening of Peter Brook’s film Marat/Sade (free admission)
Monday, October 1 at 6 p.m.
Synopsis: Author of scandalous libertine novels, the Marquis de Sade is confined in the asylum at Charenton, just outside Paris. Marie-Constance Quesnet, his mistress, gets permission to join him there. Thanks to the benevolence of the director of the establishment, until 1808, Sade is authorized to organize theatrical performances—including a re-enactment of the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, emblematic figure of the French Revolution ...
The screening will be followed by a talkback with Professor Julie Paquette, a specialist in the life and work of the Marquis de Sade.
Free admission / 16 years old and up
Running time: 2 hours
Location: Azrieli Studio of the National Arts Centre (1 Elgin Street, Ottawa)
Original English version with French subtitles
This event is made possible by a partnership between
the Alliance Française d’Ottawa and NAC French Theatre.