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Translating film to the stage is a delicate dance for Robert Lepage

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Harrison James, left, and Guillaume Cote in rehearsal for Frame by Frame. (DAVID LECLERC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Norman McLaren’s short film Pas de Deux was a revelation when it debuted in 1968: A pair of luminous dancers, their movements leaving shimmering tracks across a black screen. It was a technical near-impossibility that McLaren had made real, his irrepressibly inventive visual poetics enboldened by his peerless skill.For McLaren, it was just another day at the office. Revelation was a near-daily achievement for the wryly irreverent genius of a filmmaker who, through the 1950s and ’60s, near single-handedly built the National Film Board’s shining international reputation. Without him, the country would be lighter an Academy Award or two, and likely much more.It all makes Pas de Deux a no-brainer inclusion in Frame by Frame, the National Ballet of Canada’s onstage homage to the late visionary filmmaker, getting its world premiere on June 1. But his other films, too, have a connection to dance that’s less obvious.last_img read more