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887

The most personal production by Canada's Robert Lepage: a journey through his memories that investigates the mechanisms of memory and the validity of theatre art. Written, designed, directed and performed by the man himself.

887 is a journey into the realm of memory. The idea for this project originated from the childhood memories of Robert Lepage; years later, he plunges into the depths of his memory and questions the relevance of certain recollections. Why do we remember the phone number from our youth yet forget our current one? How does a childhood song withstand the test of time, permanently ingrained in our minds, while the name of a loved one escapes us? Why does meaningless information stick with us, but other more useful information falls away?
How does memory work? What are its underlying mechanisms? How does a personal memory resonate within the collective memory? 887 considers various commemorative markers—the names of parks, streets, stelae and monuments—and the historical heritage around us that we no longer notice. Consequently, the play also focuses on oblivion, the unconscious, and this memory that fades over time and whose limits are compensated for by digital storage, mountains of data and virtual memory.
In this era, how is theatre, an art based on the act of remembering, still relevant today?
All of these questions are distilled into a story where Lepage, somewhere between a theatre performance and a conference, reveals the suffering of an actor who—by definition, or to survive—must remember not only his text, but also his past, as well as the historical and social reality that has shaped his identity.
Ex Machina

performed by Robert Lepage

creative director and ideation Steve Blanchet / dramaturg Peder Bjurman / director's advisor Adèle Saint-Amand / composer and sound Jean-Sébastien Côté / lighting Laurent Routhier / image Félix Fradet-Faguy / associate set designer Sylvain Décarie / associate properties designer Ariane Sauvé / associate costumes designer Jeanne Lapierre
 
production manager Marie-Pierre Gagné / production assistant Véronique St-Jacques / tour manager Samuel Sauvageau / technical director Paul Bourque / technical director touring Olivier Bourque / stage manager Nadia Bélanger / sound manager Olivier Marcil / lighting manager Elliot Gaudreau / integration multimedia and video manager Nicolas Dostie / costumes and properties manager Isabel Poulin / head stagehand Chloé Blanchet / technical consultants Catherine Guay i Tobie Horswill / acting consultant and creative process Reda Guerinik /  director's agent Lynda Beaulieu

additionnal poem 'Speak White' © Michèle Lalonde (1968)

additionnal musics Mer Morte, by Jean-Guy Cossette and Gilles Morissette / Bang Bang by Sonny Bono (Cotillon Music Inc a/s Warner Chappell Music Inc.) / Mood Indigo by Edward Kennedy Ellington, Irving Mills  Albany Bigard / Leavin's on your mind by Michael Webb Pierce and Wayne P Walker

additionnal images Photo Donald Gordon (MSTC/Collection CN:X-40842) / View of the taking of Québec on 13th September 1759 (Hervey Smith 1797) / James Murray (unknown artist, 1770) / Portrait du Major-Général James Wolfe (1727-1759) attributed to Joseph Highmore / excerpts from the film Hôtel Château / excerpts from a film report Le Samedi de la matraque / images of John F. Kennedy assassination from  Zapruder Film © 1967 (renovades el 1995)

an Ex Machina production, commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in co-production with le lieu unique - Nantes, La Comète - Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Edinburgh International Festival, Arhus Festuge, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Romaeuropa Festival 2015, Bonlieu Scène nationale d’Annecy, Ysarca Art Promotions - Pilar de Yzaguirre, Célestins - Théâtre de Lyon, Le Théâtre Français du Centre National des Arts d’Ottawa, Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde - Montréal and SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary, Vancouver.

associate production (Europe and Japan) Epidemic (Richard Castelli assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot) / associate production The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Oceania, NZ Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker assisted by Sarah Rogers and Dominique Sarrazin) / producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez (assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie and Valérie Lambert)

the company is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Québec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Québec

show in French subtitled in Catalan
approximate length 2h. 05 no interval


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