Theatre

The Seven Streams of the River Ōta

Ex Machina / Robert Lepage

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

The Ōta River and its tributaries flow through the city of Hiroshima, where they separate before reaching the Seto Inland Sea. In the heart of this delta is the Aioi, a bridge that has a giant T shape when seen from above. This distinct design made it the target of the first atomic bomb dropped on humanity.

The seven streams of the Ōta River correspond to seven stories from 1945 to 1995 about plagues afflicting the second half of the 20th century: concentration camp deaths, with the Nazi concentration camps as one of the most extreme examples; nuclear deaths, which began with a blinding flash in the Japanese sky one morning in August 1945; and viral deaths, which, with AIDS, marked the end of the millennium.

As one story leads to the next, a common theme emerges: the quest for meaning and peace when facing death and horror. It’s driven by characters who reject sensuality and laughter in the face of adversity: a Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) living with her wounds; an illusionist whose mediocre tricks nevertheless cheer those he is interned with; a performer who discovers the Middle Way in an unexpected place... And then there’s the young Western dancer who came to learn butō and now finds himself, 50 years after the bomb, contemplating Miyajima’s torii—the sacred gate that seems to float on the water where the seven streams of the Ōta River flow into the Hiroshima Bay.

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Sept. 17 and 18 / 23 to 25 — 7 hours with intermissions $107 — $145

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Performers

Rebecca Blankenship
Lorraine Côté
Christian Essiambre
Richard Fréchette
Tetsuya Kudaka
Myriam Leblanc
Umihiko Miya
Audrée Southière
Philippe Thibault-Denis
Donna Yamamoto

Credits

Text
Éric Bernier
Gérard Bibeau
Normand Bissonnette
Rebecca Blankenship
Marie Brassard
Anne-Marie Cadieux
Normand Daneau
Richard Fréchette
Marie Gignac
Patrick Goyette
Robert Lepage
Macha Limonchik
Ghislaine Vincent

Directed & designed by Robert Lepage
Creative Director Steve Blanchet
Dramaturg Gérard Bibeau
Translator - English surtitlesLouisa Blair
Directors' assistant Adèle Saint-Amand
Music & Sound Design Michel F. Côté
Collaboration to the music & musician Tetsuya Kudaka
Set Design - original production Carl Fillion
Set Design Adaptation Ariane Sauvé
Lighting Design Sonoyo Nishikawa
Images Design Keven Dubois
Costumes Design Virginie Leclerc
Properties Design Claudia Gendreau
Production Manager Marie-Pierre Gagné
Production Assistant Véronique St-Jacques
Technical Director - Creation Catherine Guay
Technical Director - Touring Simon Cloutier and Pierre Gagné
Stage Manager Francis Beaulieu
Sound Manager Karl Vincent and Gaspard Philippe
Lighting Manager Marie-Ève Malenfant
Video Manager Samuel Sérandour
Assistant Stage Manager Anne Marie Bureau
Head Stagehand Louis-Philippe Cloutier
Costumes Manager Virginie Leclerc
Properties Manager Carol Ann Charette
Project Manager - set Paul Bourque
Technical Consultants Stanislas Élie and François Ferland-Bilodeau
Children’s extras Meiyu Xu, Alice Lue
Set building Astuce Décors and Conception Alain Gagné
Costume maker Par Apparat, confection créative
Music copyright clearance Delphine Saint-Marcoux and Josée-Anne Tremblay, La Négo
Robert Lepage's Agent Lynda Beaulieu

Partners

  • Le Soleil Numérique

Public Sponsors of the Programming

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