Ex Machina / Robert Lepage

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

This play is presented in French.

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.

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Mar 13 to 28, 2021 — 120 minutes without intermission $85


Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
Photo — Érick Labbé
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Robert Lepage


Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
English Translation Louisa Blair
Creative Direction and Design Steve Blanchet
Dramaturg Peder Bjurman
Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand
Composer and Sound Designer Jean-Sébastien Côté
Lighting Designer Laurent Routhier
Image Designer 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

Technical Director Paul Bourque
Tour Manager Alie Gray
Technical Director-Touring Jeanne Gosselin
Stage Manager Nadia Bélanger
Sound Manager François Côté-Fortin and Olivier Marcil
Lighting Manager Nicolas Boudreau
Video Manager Dominique Hawry
Costumes & Properties Manager Virginie Leclerc
Head Stagehand Chloé Blanchet
Multimedia Integration Nicolas Dostie
Technical Consultants Catherine Guay, Tobie Horswill
Acting Consultant - Creative Process Reda Guerinik

Director's Agent Lynda Beaulieu