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date: 19 October 2019

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This chapter reflects on the history of images in theater, the visual production of the image as theater, and the potential philosophical content of Robert Lepage’s images. It considers the contributions of early postmodern dance to the juxtapositions of images Lepage creates. Tracing the image as an outcome of modernity, this chapter suggests that Lepage is referencing current philosophical inquiries and past theater practices that culminated in what European scholar Hans-Thies Lehmann termed postdramatic theater. The chapter contends that Lepage’s theater is intellectually compelling because it speaks to audiences living in visual cultures dominated by the suggestions, both conscious and subconscious, produced within the imagery of popular culture, ranging from advertising to Hollywood movies, and even mobile devices. The idea that popular images are mostly consumed without consideration for the ideology of their production or content is one of the discursive elements that Lapage’s theater makes visible.

Keywords: visual culture, images, postdramatic theater, spectacle, technology, photography, postmodern.

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