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Lepage launches new epic

Four-part show commissioned by 13 venues

Thirteen legit orgs around the world have commissioned a new 12-hour, four-part stage outing from prominent theater and opera helmer Robert Lepage.

“Jeux de Cartes (Playing Cards)” will play each of the venues (collectively called the 360° Network), all of which are capable of staging productions in the round.

The first installment, “Pique (Spades),” will debut in Madrid May 9 prior to stints at Toronto’s Luminato Festival and London’s Roundhouse Theater. Show will subsequently be seen at venues in Sweden, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

“Jeux de Cartes” reps Lepage’s follow-up to his new staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the final part of which, “Gotterdammerung,” preems at Gotham’s Metropolitan Opera later this month.

Lepage said he was inspired to create the new piece while working in Las Vegas on Cirque du Soleil production “Ka.” Initial installment of “Jeux de Cartes” takes place in Sin City in 2003, just after the war on Iraq has been declared.

All of Lepage’s shows are known for their ambitious technical elements, and this latest project is no exception, with a specially designed circular stage created for it at the director’s workshop in Quebec City.

Plan is to mount one part of the tetralogy each year between now and 2015, with each part appearing at all 13 venues of the commissioning partners.

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