World Premiere

Frame by Frame

June 1—10, 2018

World Premiere

Frame by Frame

June 1—10, 2018

A ballet based on the work of Norman McLaren
By Robert Lepage and Guillaume Côté

Frame by Frame is a collaboration between The National Ballet of Canada, Ex Machina and The National Film Board of Canada.

About the Ballet

The legendary Canadian filmmaker and animator Norman McLaren set
new standards for his art form throughout his long and illustrious career.
Best-known for his ACADEMY AWARD® winning film Neighbours (1952), McLaren’s experiments in various forms of animation and his innovative use of sound, music and drawn-on-film techniques saw him create works of unparalleled richness, visual brilliance and beauty, influencing subsequent generations of filmmakers the world over.

Now, the renowned playwright, director, actor and filmmaker Robert Lepage comes to The National Ballet of Canada for the first time to collaborate with the company’s Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté in a multidisciplinary production that explores Norman McLaren’s life and work. Incorporating and interweaving several different media, the ballet is both an evocation of and inquiry into the world and imagination of one of Canada’s most uncategorizable and accomplished, yet elusive, artists.  

“Fans of Robert Lepage have come to expect certain things from the French-Canadian theater maker: seductive storytelling, wry character observation and a stagecraft that lies somewhere between technical innovation and magic.” Variety

Frame by Frame

Frame by Frame: A Multi Disciplinary Collaboration

Robert Lepage: Directing Frame by Frame

Guillaume Côté: Choreographing Frame by Frame

Frame by Frame: Who Was Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren's "Pas de deux" (1968)

Frame by Frame View Gallery

Frame Mclaren leapfrog View Gallery

Learn About Norman McLaren from the National Film Board

Who was Norman McLaren?

Watch McLaren’s groundbreaking films



Robert Lepage

Guillaume Côté

Creative Direction and Design:
Steve Blanchet

Music and Sound Design:
Antoine Bédard

Set Designer:
Christian Fontaine

Costume Design:
Michael Gianfrancesco

Lighting Design:
Étienne Boucher

Image Projection Concept Design:
Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy

Video Design:
Thomas Payette / HUB Studio

Props Designer:
Claudia Gendreau

Assistant Director:
Adèle Saint-Amand

Assistant to the Choreographer:
Lisa Davies

Production Ex Machina

Technical Consultants:
Catherine Guay, Tobie Hoswill

Technical Director:
Paul Bourque

Production Director:
Vanessa Landry-Claverie

Assistant Technical Director:
Jean-François Piché

Michel Bernatchez

Lead philanthropic support for Frame by Frame is generously provided by The Walter Carsen New Creations Fund, with additional support from The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Rosamond Ivey and The Producers’ Circle.

The Producers' Circle: Gail & Mark Appel, John & Claudine Bailey, Inger Bartlett & Marshal Stearns, Gail Drummond & Bob Dorrance, The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, Kevin & Roger Garland, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C., Judy Korthals & Peter Irwin, Judith & Robert Lawrie, Mona & Harvey Levenstein, Jerry & Joan Lozinski, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C., Julie Medland, Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lynda & Jonas Prince, Susan Scace & Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. and Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan.

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