Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Needles and Opium
Written and performed by Robert Lepage
Legendary Canadian artist Robert Lepage (The Andersen Project) returns with a reimagined version of his acclaimed Needles and Opium, a cinematic exploration of art, love and addiction.
Still as relevant as when it premiered 20 years ago, Lepage concocts a story triggered by the journeys of poet-filmmaker Jean Cocteau and American jazz artist Miles Davis coincidently crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1949, visiting each other’s cities. Through a hypnotic series of vignettes, Needles and Opium‘s characters tumble from the boulevards of Paris to the back alleys of New York.
Music, magic and Lepage’s signature visual aesthetic will fill the Eisenhower Theater at D.C.’s Kennedy Center as this riveting examination of the soul turns heartbreak into art.