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Credits

Credits
  • Written, designed, directed and performed by
    Robert Lepage
  • English Translation
    Louisa Blair
  • Creative Director and Ideation
    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
  • Tour Manager
    Samuel Sauvageau
  • Technical Director
    Paul Bourque
  • Assistant to the Technical Director
    Olivier Bourque
  • Stage Manager
    Nadia Bélanger
  • Sound Manager
    Olivier Marcil
  • Lighting Manager
    Elliot Gaudreau
  • Multimedia Integration & Video Manager
    Nicolas Dostie
  • Costumes & Properties Manager
    Isabel Poulin
  • Head stagehand
    Chloé Blanchet
  • Technical Consultants
    Catherine Guay, Tobie Horswill
  • Acting Consultant - Creative Process
    Reda Guerinik
  • Director's Agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Additionnal poem
    Speak White, poem © Michèle Lalonde 1968,
    used with permission of Michèle Lalonde.
  • Additionnal poem
    Michèle Lalonde's poem is a dramatic direct response to the famous Speak White slogan, formerly used on North American plantations to command slaves to speak at all times the language of their white masters. This same expression was later used to urge French-speaking Canadians to speak English and remind them of their inferiority or subordinate position.
  • Additionnal musics
    Mer Morte (Jean-Guy Cossette, Gilles Morissette)
    Éditions Densta and Macadam Cow-Girl - Performed by Arthur et les Jaguars,
    used with permission of Disques Mérite
  • Bang Bang (Sonny Bono) Cotillon Music Inc a/s Warner Chappell Music Inc.
    Performed by Nancy Sinatra,
    used with permission of Boots Enterprises Inc.
  • Bang, Bang (Sonny Bono) Cotillon Music Inc a/s Warner Chappell Music Inc.
    Performed by Claire Lepage,
    used with permission of Disques Mérite
  • Mood Indigo (Edward Kennedy Ellington, Irving Mills, Albany Bigard)
    Performed by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra ℗ 1960,
    used with permision of SONY/ATV Music Publishing and Songwriters Guild of America for Indigo Mood
  • Leavin's on your mind (Michael Webb Pierce, Wayne P Walker)
    Universal songs of Polygram Intl Inc - Performed by Patsy Cline,
    used with permission of Universal Music Canada
  • Additionnal images
    Photo Donald Gordon (MSTC/CollectionCN:X-40842) used with permission of the Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • View of the taking of Québec on 13th September 1759 (Hervey Smith 1797)
    Public domain
  • James Murray (unknown artist, 1770) public domain
  • Portrait of Major-General James Wolfe (1727-1759) Attributed to Joseph Highmore
    Public domain
  • Excerpts from the film Hôtel Château used with the permission of the National Film Board of Canada
  • Excerpts from a film report "Le Samedi de la matraque"
    used with the permission of Radio-Canada Archives
  • Images of John F. Kennedy assassination from Zapruder Film © 1967 (Renewed 1995)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
  • 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
  • Associate Production - Europe and Japan
    Epidemic
    (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)
  • Associate Production - The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Oceania, NZ
    Menno Plukker Theatre Agent
    (Menno Plukker, assisted by Sarah Rogers and Dominique Sarrazin)
  • Producer for Ex Machina
    Michel Bernatchez, assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie and Valérie Lambert
  • Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.
 

887

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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.

 
 
 
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