Neoliberalism, authorship, legacy
Lepage and Ex Machina’s futures
in Robert Lepage’s original stage productions
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In the mature period of Lepage’s career (2008–), Ex Machina foregrounds its capacity to deliver excellent and creatively daring performances across a number of genres and in multiple international locations with high levels of professionalism and efficiency. With the Le Diamant project Lepage and Ex Machina are also working to cement their position as leaders in Québec’s cultural economies by creating a permanent site for the creation of new projects and the performance of existing repertoire. Drawing on Jen Harvie’s scholarship about the creative arts and neoliberalism, this chapter argues that Lepage’s creative enterprises are arguably driven by the neoliberal values of individualism, entrepreneurialism, and resistance to external regulation, given that they are defined and driven by the creativity and narratives of a single individual (Lepage) and are calibrated to maximise that person’s productivity. It presents Lepage and Ex Machina’s relationship to neoliberal systems as one of active and ongoing contestation, focusing in particular on the relationship between the individual and the collective, on creative destruction, and on the necessity of non-stop productivity. It suggests that an articulated plan is needed for the futures of these companies once Lepage stops generating new work.

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