Card games have a set of rules, signs, math or numerological structures, and especially characters. In combination, you can create as many stories as there are possible arrangements.
This is the intuition that guided Robert Lepage in his draft card games: four shows, spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs, each exploring a world based on the asset it represents.
The search for the origin of the cards leads the Arab world. The four parts of the tetralogy dealing compose a cosmos of our relationships-past, present and future - with the Arab culture.
In Card Games: HEART, a web is woven around three countries and across five generations, linking Algeria, France and Quebec.
Chaffik, a young North African taxi driver in Quebec in 2011, explores her family history to clarify doubtful facts. In 1856, the great French magician Robert Houdin was sent to Algeria by the French government to compete with the spiritual and magical power of marabouts. Between Chaffik and Robert-Houdin deploys a family, political and artistic network intrinsically woven by history and stories, but also with questions of faith, belief, magic performances.
HEART depicts colonial Algeria, container and foreign policies of French inventions magic, science, photography. HEART is interested also in France the same time and, more specifically, the world of French magicians in their relationship to science, cinema, spiritualism. Most contemporary France is that relations with its former colony.