‘Le Grand Will’ in Wendake: Ex Machina and the Huron-Wendat Nation’s La Tempête

  • Melissa Poll
Part of the Adaptation in Theatre and Performance book series (ATP)


This chapter examines how La Tempête, a 2011 collaboration between Robert Lepage’s theatre company, Ex Machina, and the Huron-Wendat Nation on the Wendake First Nations reserve, fostered moments of productive interculturalism both on stage and off through the process of adaptation. My analysis of the production draws on intercultural theory, scenographic dramaturgy, postcolonial theory and postdramatic adaptation. A brief survey of Québécois and Indigenous Shakespeare productions in Canada highlights some of the potential traps of staging postcolonial interpretations, including power imbalances among intercultural collaborators and reductionist portrayals of difference. Ex Machina and the Huron-Wendat Nation’s ability to avoid many of these traps will be interrogated through examples illustrating how scenographic dramaturgy’s three central components—historical-spatial mapping, architectonic scenography and kinetic texts—function as both a process and product fostering progressive dialogues between cultures.


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  • Melissa Poll
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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