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Eonnagata ()

Produced by

Sadler’s Wells London

Presented by

Ex Machina

Creators: Sylvie Guillem and Robert Lepage and Russell Maliphant


Meridian Hall


November 18th, 2010 – November 19th, 2010


Career diplomat, part-time soldier and amateur spy, Charles de Beaumont, Chevalier d’Éon, was familiar with both honour and defeat, with glory as well as exile. Beyond the romance of his life, what stands out is his extraordinary audacity. Éon was probably the first spy to use cross-dressing in the pursuit of his duties. This earned him a variety of enemies, including Louis XVI, who forced him to wear a dress all the time. Eventually people no longer knew whether he was a man or a woman.

The creators of Eonnagata asked the question differently. What if Charles de Beaumont was both man and woman? Midway between theatre and dance, Eonnagata pits the fan against the sword, the courtesan against the swordsman. But it also explores the embodying of one sex by the other in what is more an investigation of gender than of sexuality. The work draws on Onnagata, a Kabuki theatre technique that enables actors to represent women in a highly stylized fashion, shedding new light on the Chevalier d’Éon and revealing that his enigma is perhaps the mystery of human identity itself. (


Robert Lepage Performer
Russell Maliphant Performer
Sylvie Guillem Performer

Creative Team

Sylvie Guillem Creator
Robert Lepage Creator
Russell Maliphant Creator
Michael Hulls Lighting Designer
Alexander McQueen Costume Designer
Jean-Sébastien Côté Sound Designer
Felix Dagenais Assistant Director
Patrick Caux Assistant Dramaturge
Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun Assistant Lighting Designer
Isabel Poulin Head of Wardrobe
Richard Hansen Wig Head
Pierre Robitaille Bunraku Head


Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun Lighting Manager
Felix Dagenais Stage Manager
Isabel Poulin Props Manager
Claude Cyr Sound Manager
Eric Gauttron Technical Director
Eric Gauttron Head Stagehand
Eric Gingras Production Manager
Eric Gingras Tour Manager
Olivier Lunardi Martial Arts Trainer
Tobie Horswill Technical Consultant
Catherine Guay Technical Consultant
Louisa Blair Translator
Sandra Bellefoy Translator
Michel Bernatchez Producer
Vanessa Landry-Claverie Production Assistant
Marie-Pierre Gagne Production Assistant


Seán Baker Interim Production Manager
Rupert Degruchy Head Carpenter
Doug Fraser Assistant Carpenter
Tony Vecchi Flyman
Michael Guy Head Propmaster
Richard Karwat Head Electrician
Chuck Thiel Assistant Electrician
Ross Tuskey Head Sound
Ben Volmer Assistant Sound