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Credits
  • Conception
    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 by
    Robert Lepage
  • Creative Director
    Steve Blanchet
  • Dramaturg
    Gérard Bibeau
  • Director's assistant
    Adèle Saint-Amand
  • Performed by
    Rebecca Blankenship
    Lorraine Côté
    Christian Essiambre
    Richard Fréchette
    Myriam Leblanc
    Umihiko Miya
    Audrée Southière
    Philippe Thibault-Denis
    Donna Yamamoto
  • Music and sound design
    Michel F. Côté
  • Collaboration to the music and 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
  • Props design
    Claudia Gendreau
  • Production manager
    Marie-Pierre Gagné
  • Production assistant
    Véronique St-Jacques
  • Technical director
    Catherine Guay
  • Stage manager
    Francis Beaulieu
  • Sound manager
    Gaspard Philippe
  • Lighting manager
    Marie-Ève Malenfant
  • Vidéo manager
    Samuel Sérandour
  • Assistant Stage manager
    Anne Marie Bureau
  • Head stagehand
    Mathieu Cardin
  • Costumes manager
    Virginie Leclerc
  • Props manager
    Chloé Blanchet
  • Project Manager - set
    Paul Bourque
  • Technical consultants
    Stanislas Elie
    François Ferland-Bilodeau
  • Set building
    Astuce Décors
    Conception Alain Gagné
  • Costume maker
    Par Apparat, confection créative
  • Music copyright clearance
    Delphine Saint-Marcoux etJosée-Anne Tremblay, La Négo
  • Robert Lepage's Agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Produced by
    Ex Machina
  • In coproduction with
    Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Moscow
    Le Diamant, Québec
    National Theatre of Great Britain, London
  • Associate producer
    Europe - Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot (Epidemic)
    North America - Menno Plukker assisted by Isaïe Richard and Magdalena Marszalek (Menno Plukker Theatre Agent)
  • Producer
    Michel Bernatchez
  • Assistant Producer
    Nadia Bellefeuille
    Vanessa Landry-Claverie
  • Additional musics
    Etenraku (Traditional)
    CD Japon-Gagaku. C559018. Ocora Radio France
    Stop In The Name Of Love (Brian Holland, Edward Jr. Holland, Lamont Dozier),
    published by Stone Agate Music.
    Performed by The Supremes, courtesy of Universal Music Group.
    La Vie Parisienne (Jacques Offenbach (d: 1880), libretto Henri Meilhac (d: 1897) and Ludovic Halévy (d: 1908))
    From: Offenbach Overtures, Weiner Symphoniker, Bruno Weil, Sony Classical SK 53288
    Orphée aux enfers (Jacques Offenbach (d: 1880), libretto Henri Meilhac (d: 1897) and Ludovic Halévy (d: 1908))
    From: Offenbach Overtures, Weiner Symphoniker, Bruno Weil, Sony Classical SK 53288
    Rokuda (Traditional)
    From: Koto Music of Japan, Zumi-Kai original instrumental group. Delta Music
    Midare (Traditional)
    From: Koto Music of Japan, Zumi-Kai original instrumental group. Delta Music
    Crazy She Calls Me (Sidney Keith Russell (Bob Russel), Carl Sigman)
    Editor: Harrison Music Corp. Second editor: Southern Music Publishing Canada Ltd.
    My All (Sidney Keith Russell (Bob Russel), Carl Sigman)
    Editor: Harrison Music Corp., Standard Songs. Second editor: Southern Music Publishing Canada Ltd.
    Les chemins de l'amour (music by Francis Poulenc, lyrics by Jean Anouilh). Pianist : Sawako Yamada
    Ani Ole L'Yerushalim (Pilgrimage to Jerusalem), (Efraim Rachman (Ephraïm Rahman), Yosef Hadar (d: 2006)), Arrangement by Giora Feidman Editor: ACUM Israel
    Chassidic Dance (traditional, arr. by Giora Feidman ) from CD «The Dance of Joy» Pianissimo
    Dance of Joy (Manny Katz) from CD «The Dance of Joy» Pianissimo Musik 2009
    The Wedding Waltz (Jerry Sperling) from CD «The Dance of Joy» Pianissimo Musik 2009
    Madama Butterfly, Act. 1 - E Soffitto, e Pareti, Questa e la Cameriera, Che Guardi & Dovunque al Mondo
    (music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica).
    Dorothy Kirsten, Daniele Barioni and the New Orleans Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Renato Callini, conductor.
    VAI Audio
    Madama Butterfly, Act. II - Con onor muore (music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica)
    La Flamande en double - Allemande From Suite I en ré mineur (Elisabeth Jacquet (d: 1729))
    Editor: Believe (Naïve)
    Itsuki no Komoriuta (Traditional)
    Chidori No Kyoku performed by Ayako Hotta-Lister taken from the album "The Japanese Koto".
    Courtesy of ARC Music Productions International Ltd.
  • Additional images
    Images from Second World War - Japan
    Daniel A. Mc Govern Collection
    National Archives and Records Administration
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    Who's on first routine (Abbott & Costello)
    The Abbott & Costello Show "The Actors Home Episode", 1953
    Koch International Inc.
    Duck And Cover (1951) Bert The Turtle
    USA Civil Defense film -1951
    Public domain
    Beat the Devil (réal.: John Huston)
    United Artists
    Public domain
    Front Page Detective- The Deadly Curio
    DuMont Television Network 
    Public domain
    Bat Masterson - Stampede At Tent City
    Ziv Television Productions
    Public domain
    Danjuro XI or XII in "Shibaraku" role (Uedo Tadamasa)
    Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
 

The Seven Streams of the River Ota

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The Ōta River and its tributaries flow through the city of Hiroshima, where they separate before tumbling into the Seto Inland Sea. Among the many bridges in the heart of this delta is the Aioi. Its unusual T-shaped design (as seen from above) made it the target of the first atomic bomb dropped on humans.

The seven streams of the Ōta River correspond to seven stories from 1945 to 1995 involving plagues of the second half of the 20th century: ethnic exterminations, of which the Nazi concentration camps were one of the most extreme examples; the nuclear terror that began with a blinding flash in the Japanese sky one morning in August 1945; and viral epidemics such as AIDS, which marked the end of the millennium.
Moving from one story to another, a common theme emerges: the quest for meaning and peace when facing death and horror. It’s driven by characters who embrace sensuality and laughter in the face of adversity: a Hibakusha living with hidden wounds; a magician whose pitiful tricks nevertheless cheer those he is interned with; a performance artist who discovers the Middle Way in an unexpected place. And a young Western dancer who came to learn butō and now finds herself, 50 years after the bomb, contemplating Miyajima’s torii—the sacred gate that seems to float on the water of Hiroshima Bay right where the seven streams of the Ōta River come to an end.

 
 
 
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