We know Robert Lepage’s love for wrestling. The creator is currently – and for the next few months – working on a daring exhibition that will focus on the history of wrestling in Quebec, which visitors will be able to see in the spring of 2024 at the Museum of Civilization.
Robert Lepage and his team, fifteen people from the Ex Machina theater company and the Museum of Civilization, are assigned full time for the next few months to Diamant’s creation lab to curate this exhibition in a club rarely highlighted in Quebec’s museological history.
“For a long time I’ve wanted to dissect the thing a little further than just programming Diamond’s wrestling shows,” he said Wednesday during a press conference with the media.
He added, “It is also an opportunity to tell the story of Quebec, because wrestling occupied a very important place there, especially from the end of the nineteenth century until the end of the eighties.” (…) People will realize how rich wrestling is, and how important it is to understanding who we are.
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The exhibition will go beyond simply presenting items to collectors and factual information. Robert LePage hopes that visitors, who will walk through several areas reproducing the atmosphere of the struggle, will “inhabit” the exhibition as if they come to see the theater.
In their creative lab, on Friday, two acrobats were busy reproducing the moves of ten different types of wrestling found around the world. With instructions from Robert LePage, the movements were captured and displayed on a large sandy carpet evoking the battlefield in front of the documentary photographs.
Since wrestling quietly immigrated to the United States at the end of the ’80s, Ex Machina has reproduced, on a smaller scale, the legendary New York Coliseum where WWE today offers many fights. “There are Quebec wrestlers who ended up there,” said Robert Lepage, who will highlight Our National Heroes.
Wrestling is a global topic, recalls Robert LePage, making it a natural alliance with the Museum of Civilization.
“Wrestling is catharsis, meaning it’s a place it doesn’t matter if you’re from a poor background or a rich background, it doesn’t matter our culture, everyone has the same mental age. Everyone gets into the room and the mental age is settled, we’re all together and we interact. It’s one of the most form of show The entertainment is complete. “Wrestling is an incredible art,” he said.
The Museum of Civilization began discussions with Robert LePage two years ago. “Conflict has always been there, it is at the heart of the relationships that bind human beings to one another (…). “Besides the show, the fight embodies a profound fundamental truth that holds us together,” said museum director Stéphane Laroche.
The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of Civilization in 2024. This is the third collaboration between Robert Lepage and the Museum, who have collaborated on the exhibitions Métissages (2000) and The Library, Tonight (2016).
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