chapter  2
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WRITINGS ON THE TECHNIQUES OF PERFOMANCE CREATION

Robert Lepage’s practice can be seen in the tradition of ‘director’s theatre’. Like Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook, Robert Wilson and Elizabeth LeCompte, Lepage is a director-author of performance. In the course of the twentieth century, the mise-en-scène became redefined as an independent artistic element, a vehicle of theatricality rather than simply an extension of the text. The director became author of the mise-en-scène, and the mise-en-scène a separate artistic expression from the written text. Lepage may start from an existing text, as in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or August Strindberg’s A Dream Play, but it is ultimately the collective process of discovery through rehearsals, not a pre-defined concept, which determines the performance vision and the outcome.