Miles Davis Meets Jean Cocteau

Robert Lepage’s work “Needles and Opium” has been revived after 25 years. Marc Labrèche (pictured) plays “Robert”, a man pining for the woman who has left him. He also plays Jean Cocteau, who opines on the virtues of opium and the anguished “angel’s cry” of the black jazz trumpeter. This cry links us to Miles Davis, the third character in the show, performed wordlessly by acrobat Wellesley Robertson III, who walks up walls with his trumpet. Davis was also a heroin addict, brought low by the end of his love affair with French Jazz Age muse Juliette Gréco.

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