The Far Side of the Moon

Ex Machina / Robert Lepage

Hydro-Quebec Auditorium

Without distancing
Wearing a procedure mask all times

Before Galileo turned his telescope toward the sky, people thought of the moon as a giant mirror whose summits and valleys reflected earth’s seas and mountains. When the Soviets sent a probe around the moon and captured never-seen-before images, people were stunned to see its surface extensively pockmarked by celestial debris. American scientists talked at great length about the disfigured face of the moon—no doubt because the characteristics of its hidden side were named after Russian cosmonauts, inventors and poets.

The Far Side of the Moon concentrates on the stormy relationship of two brothers with conflicting ambitions and their unlikely reconciliation following their mother’s death. The story is set against the backdrop of the 1960s Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States, where the losers might not be the ones we would think.

The line between the insignificant and the sublime is sometimes thin. Through visual poetry, the main character, Philippe, moves from the banality of everyday life to the majesty of space, escaping the gravity of earth to reach for the lightness of the starry void.

Apr 15 to 30, 2022 — 120 minutes with no intermission $60 — $84


Photo - David Leclerc
Photo - David Leclerc
Photo - David Leclerc
Photo - David Leclerc
Photo - David Leclerc
Photo - David Leclerc
Photo - David Leclerc

What People Are Saying...

"By being interested in some chapters of the conquest of space, I was forced, despite myself, to revisit my childhood and a significant part of my adolescence. It was an appointment I was trying to push back for a long time and the creation of this show has cornered me at the foot of the wall. The most difficult thing was surely to discover that my youth - which I thought sunny - bathed most of the time in the blue and gray tones of the moon. I hope that this story of reconciliation between two brothers will touch you and awaken in you a little lunar nostalgia."

Robert Lepage


Performed by Yves Jacques


Written & directed by Robert Lepage
Script consultant Adam Nashman
Artistic collaborator and project originator Peder Bjurman
Assistant Director Pierre-Philippe Guay
Original music composed and recorded by Laurie Anderson © 2000 Difficult Music (BMI)
Assistant set designer Marie-Claude Pelletier
Assistant lighting designer Bernard White
Costume designer Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
Puppet designers Pierre Robitaille and Sylvie Courbron
Puppeteer Jean-Nicolas Marquis / Éric Leblanc
Set Consultant Carl Fillion
Images produced by Jacques Collin and Véronique Couturier
Audio editing Jean-Sébastien Côté
Production Manager Louise Roussel
Technical Coordinator Michel Gosselin
Technical Director Dany Beaudoin
Production Manager - Touring Vanessa Landry-Claverie
Tour Manager Charlotte Legault
Technical Director - Touring Olivier Bourque
Stage Manager Francis Beaulieu
Sound Manager Stanislas Elie
Lighting Manager Renaud Pettigrew / Félix Bernier Guimond
Video Manager Dominique Hawry / Samuel Sérandour
Costumes & Properties Manager Nadia Bellefeuille
Stagehands Anne Marie Bureau / Jean-Félix Labrie / Emmanuelle Nappert
Set building Unissons Structures et Les Conceptions Visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr
Host's voice Lorraine Côté and Sophie Faucher
Director's Agent Lynda Beaulieu
An Ex Machina production

Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec