Ex Machina

887

Written, Designed, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage

Ex Machina

887

Written, Designed, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage

11 Mar - 12 Mar 2020

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Wed 11 Mar
7:30 pm
£17.00 - £26.00
  • Concessions Available
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Thu 12 Mar
7:30 pm
£17.00 - £26.00
  • Concessions Available
887

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.

We are delighted to welcome 887 to our stage on its world tour, following a critically acclaimed visit to London’s Barbican Centre in 2017. This will be a truly unique opportunity to experience a theatrical masterpiece.

Running time: 2hrs (approx.)
Age guidance: TBC


An Ex Machina Production.

Written, Designed, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage.

English Translation by Louisa Blair.

Reviews

★★★★

Financial Times

★★★★

Independent

★★★★★

The Times

★★★★★

Time Out

Commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in co-production withle lieu unique, Nantes La Comète – Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Edinburgh International Festival, Århus Festuge, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Romaeuropa Festival 2015, Bonlieu Scène nationale 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, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, on the occasion of Simon Fraser University’s 50th Anniversary, Vancouver Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Théâtre du Trident, Québec, La Coursive – Scène nationale La Rochelle, Canadian Stage, Toronto, Le Volcan-scène nationale du Havre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, The Bergen International Festival, the Barbican, London, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Moscow, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, scène nationale, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Théâtre de Liège, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Cal Performances, Berkeley, Performas Produções, São Paulo, National Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung, 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 Dominique Sarrazin, Isaïe Richard and Magdalena Marszalek), Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez, assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie and Valérie Lambert, Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec’s Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.