Wed 18 March - Thu 19 March

Robert Lepage - 887

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18 Mar


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19 Mar


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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 thrilled to welcome an artist of such international standing to our stage on his world tour. Robert Lepage’s 887 will be a truly unique, unforgettable and uplifting experience and a rare chance to witness a true theatrical masterpiece.

Venue: Lyric Theatre

Duration: 2 hours no interval

An Ex Machina Production
Written, Designed, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage
English Translation by Louisa Blair



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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
Commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Game 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, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, on the occasion of Simon Fraser University’s 50th Anniversary, Vancouver, Le Théâtre français / English Theatre – Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa, Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal, 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, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong, LG Arts Center, Seoul, Le Diamant, Québec, The Lowry, Salford, Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez,, Associate Production – Europe and Japan Richard Castelli – Epidemic
Associate Production – The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ Menno Plukker Theatre Agent