Martin Genest

As a director active for over 20 years in the province of Québec and abroad, Martin Genest stands out for his unique view on the use of the performance area and the way to connect with the audience. He has made a name for himself in theatre thanks to the sensibility and innovation he used in his the plays he adapted and directed, like “Festen, Fête de famille” (adapted from Thomas Vinterberg’s movie), Milan Kundera’s “Jacques et son maître”, “Octobre 70” (adapted from Pierre falardeau’s movie) and Bertold Brecht’s “L’Opéra de Quat’sous”. Co-artistic director at Pupulus Mordicus, a puppet theatre company, he has created and directed several playful and enchanting plays, including his more recent project, “Cabaret Gainsbourg”. Over the years, Martin’s outstanding work in the theatre has been rewarded with several awards from l’Académie québécoise du théâtre, l’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre and the jury of the Prix d’Excellence de Québec, including for best production and best director. When it comes to opera, Martin has worked with famous director Robert Lepage as a puppet choreographer on Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol”, who went on an extensive European tour. Martin also has worked on several large-scale events. He has created and directed the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Grand Théâtre de Québec, a program that combined dance, performances, muralism and music in a number of events held in various urban public spaces. Martin is currently working on a multidisciplinary show slated for opening in 2017 in China. Since 2011, he has been working closely with Cirque du Soleil, for which he has developed several concepts. After the great deal of attention received by his creation “Hangar des oubliés”, seen by over 150 000 spectators at Agora de Québec, he directed JOYÀ, his second show for Cirque du Soleil.

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