The co-artistic director of UBU, Stéphanie Jasmin is an art history graduate of the École du Louvre in Paris, with a speciality in contemporary art. She also has a B.A. in film production from Concordia University in Montreal. When she joined UBU in the early 2000s, she made good use of her knowledge of the visual arts and her mastery of the language of video and cinema in stage explorations of new technologies that the founder of UBU, Denis Marleau, had been pursuing for a number of years. She was involved in creating UBU’s first “technological phantasmagoria”, Les Aveugles (2002). Presented at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, this hybrid piece was an amalgam of installation art and theatre. It embodied the symbolist utopia of Maeterlinck who, in order to express the inexpressible, dreamed of seeing the actor replaced by an android. That inaugural experience was followed by two other “phantasmagoria” that allowed Stéphanie Jasmin and Denis Marleau to develop their exploration of video in service of the characters: Dors mon petit enfant (2004) by Jon Fosse and Comédie (2004) by Samuel Beckett, a piece commissioned by Lille 2004, European capital of culture in 2004. The artistic complicity between Jasmin and Marleau has led to a series of works that they co-directed: the opera Barbe-Bleue (2007) by Bela Bartok at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Jackie (2009) by Elfriede Jelinek, Le dernier feu (2013) by Dea Loher and La ville (2014) by Martin Crimp at the Espace GO theatre in Montreal. Stéphanie Jasmin was also actively involved in the exhibit La planète mode de Jean Paul Gaultier – de la rue aux étoiles (2011), co-creating with Denis Marleau a playful multimedia piece where animated mannequins move and talk, brought to life by video.In 2005 she wrote and directed the play Ombres at Théâtre Espace libre in Montreal. She also has been working as a dramaturg alongside choreographer Estelle Clareton since a couple of years now. In 2015, Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin directed L’autre hiver, a phantasmagoric opera by Dominique Pauwels with a libretto by Normand Chaurette, which has been commissioned by Mons 2015. 

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