887

Presented in French with English surtitles April 15 & 18

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NAC Co-production

  • WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Robert Lepage
  • CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND IDEATION Steve Blanchet

In 887, Robert Lepage draws on his childhood memories to launch a playful, intimate and spectacular foray into the workings of human memory, the stories we tell, and the history we’ve forgotten. Another astonishing one-man show from the creator of The Far Side of the Moon and The Andersen Project.


887: for Robert Lepage, that street number will forever be associated with his childhood. It’s also the starting point for a riveting foray into the workings of memory. How is it that we can remember a telephone number from our childhood, but not the one we have now? Why do the details of the most banal past experiences stay with us, while other, more important events fade into oblivion?

Delving into his own recollections, the ever-inquisitive Lepage traverses a vast canvas that invites viewers to reflect on the nature of personal and collective memory. Venturing beyond the individual, he also considers the names of streets, monuments and parks, placing these commemorative markers in the context of a fascinating look at the ramifications of the human psyche and the link between personal recollections and collective consciousness.

With this playful, experimental work about the essence of theatre—an art based on the act of remembering—and the nature of humankind, Quebec’s leading contemporary artist adds another title to his roster of legendary one-man shows: Needles and Opium, Elsinore, The Far Side of the Moon, and The Andersen Project. In 887, he never explains. He describes and reveals, creating a space where, amazed, we apprehend what we were on the verge of forgetting: our stories, our history.

Après le grandiose de certaines de ses dernières œuvres, Robert Lepage intègre ici le miniature et utilise habilement la technologie (notamment son téléphone intelligent) pour nous transporter dans les souvenirs de l’enfant qu’il était.

Malorie Beauchemin, La Presse

Le magicien-acteur-conférencier fait coulisser portes et fenêtres, bouger des figurines, les filme et se filme en gros plan, traquant ses souvenirs comme un chat gourmand. Cela faisait longtemps qu’un billet de théâtre ne nous avait pas fait voyager aussi bien, aussi loin.

Philippe Chevilley, Les Echos

Lepage sifts through his own past and his country’s and, like theatre artists through the ages, transforms what he finds into stage magic.

Glenn Sumi, newtoronto.com

Videos

  • 887 by Robert Lepage

Credits

  • WITH Robert Lepage

Artist Links

Learn More:

Dramaturg: Peder Bjurman
Assistant director: Adèle Saint-Amand
Lighting: Laurent Routhier / Music and sound : Jean-Sébastien Côté
Images: Félix Fradet-Faguy
Stage manager: Nadia Bélanger / Production director : Marie-Pierre Gagné
Technical director: Paul Bourque
Tour manager: Samuel Sauvageau

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 / 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

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