Eonnagata and the Life of Chevalier d’Éon

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February
2011

[First off, read here for a little background on Chevalier d’Éon.]

A theater-dance piece about the life of French diplomat and cross-dressing spy Charles de Beaumont, Chevalier d’Éon, has received an American premiere in Berkeley, California.

Entitled “Eonnagata,” which combines Eon and Onnagata (Japanese for men who play females roles), the production is the brain-child of dancers Robert Lepage and Sylvie Guillem, and choreographer Russell Maliphant.

The score includes newly-composed music as well as works from the 18th Century.

Jean-Sébastien Coté deftly inserted into his own score, which includes a lot of oriental drumming and twanging, appropriately moving baroque music for violin, cello and keyboards by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Antonio Soler, and the Chevalier Saint-Georges—who shows up as a character onstage, in an English music-hall “duel” with the aging, indigent and apparently female d’Éon.

Read more: A Life in Multiple Roles: Lepage’s Enigmatic Dance (Wall Street Journal)

Robert Page in "Eonnagata" (photo: Erick Labbe)

A Life in Multiple Roles: Lepage’s Enigmatic Dance

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