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The Far Side of the Moon
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  • Written & directed by
    Robert Lepage
  • Performed by
    Robert Lepage or Yves Jacques
  • Script consultant
    Adam Nashman
  • Artistic collaborator and project originator
    Peder Bjurman
  • Assistant to the 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 designer
    Pierre Robitaille
    Sylvie Courbron
  • Puppeteer
    Pierre Bernier or Éric Leblanc
  • Set Consultant
    Carl Fillion
  • Images produced by
    Jacques Collin
    Véronique Couturier
  • Audio editing
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
  • Robert Lepage's agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Production manager
    Louise Roussel
    Marie-Pierre Gagné
    Vanessa Landry-Claverie
  • Production assistant
    Véronique St-Jacques
  • Tour manager
    Caroline Dufresne
    Tammy Lee
    Louise Roussel
    Léa Touzé
  • Technical coordinator
    Michel Gosselin
  • Technical director
    Dany Beaudoin
  • Technical director (touring)
    Paul Bourque
    Serge Côté
    Patrick Durnin
    Marc Provencher
    Olivier Bourque
  • Stage manager
    Martin Genois
    Nicolas Marois
    Francis Beaulieu
  • Lighting manager
    Richard Côté
    Nicolas Descôteaux
    Marc Tétreault
    Catherine Guay
    Renaud Pettigrew
    Félix Bernier-Guimond
  • Sound manager
    Jocelyn Bouchard
    Jean-Sébastien Côté
    Tristan McKenzie
    Caroline Turcot
    Stanislas Élie
  • Video manager
    Francis Leclerc
    Steve Montambault
    Gil Lapointe
    Dominique Hawry
    Stanislas Élie
    Benoît Bruner-Poirier
  • Costume and property manager
    Nadia Bellefeuille
    Catherine Chagnon
    Isabel Poulin
    Eveline Tanguay
  • Head stagehand
    Paul Bourque
    Éric Michaud
    Mathieu Thébaudeau
    Anne Marie Bureau
  • Stagehand
    Emmanuelle Nappert
    Jean-Félix Labrie
  • Set building
    Les Conceptions Visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr
    Unissons Structures
  • Host’s voice
    Normand Bissonnette
    Martine Rochon
  • Additional musics
    John Coltrane
    Michael White
  • Soviet space images
    Ultimax Group, Inc.
  • Produced by
    Ex Machina
  • In coproduction with
    Aarhus Festuge, Aarhus
    Bergen Internasjionale Festival, Bergen
    Berliner Festspiele, Berlin
    BITE:03, Barbican, London
    Bonlieu Scène Nationale, Annecy
    Cal Performances, University of California at Berkeley
    Change Performing Arts, Milan
    Cultural Industry Ltd., Londres
    Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hambourg
    Dublin Theatre Festival
    Espace Malraux Scène Nationale Chambéry-Savoie, Chambéry
    Festival de Otono, Madrid
    FIDENA, Bochum
    Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival, Göteborg
    Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
    La Comète scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne
    La Coursive, La Rochelle
    Le Manège Scène Nationale, Maubeuge
    Le Théâtre du Trident, Québec
    Le Volcan Maison de la Culture, Le Havre
    Les Cultures du Travail - Forbach 2000, Forbach
    Le Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
    Les Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
    Maison des Arts, Créteil
    Northern Stage at Newcastle Playhouse, Newcastle
    Onassis Cultural Center, Athens
    Pilar de Yzaguirre - Ysarca, Madrid
    Schauspielhaus Zurich
    Setagaya Public Theater, Tokyo
    SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, Vancouver
    Steirischer Herbst, Graz
    Théâtre de Namur, Namur
    Teatro Nacional São João, Porto
    Théâtre d'Angoulême, Scène Nationale, Angoulême
    Théâtre de Sartrouville & des Yvelines, Sartrouville
    The Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, New York
    The Irvine Barclay Operating Company, Irvine
    The Royal National Theatre, Londres
    The Sydney Festival, Sydney
    TNT-Théâtre National de Toulouse, Toulouse
    Tramway Dark Lights, Glasgow
    UC Davis Presents, Davis
  • Associate producer, Europe, Japan
    Epidemic (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud et Claire Dugot)
  • Associate producer, United Kingdom
    Cultural Industry (Michael Morris)
  • Associate producer, The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ
    Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker, assisted by Sarah Rogers et Geneviève Gouin)
  • Producer for Ex Machina
    Michel Bernatchez
  • The Far Side of the Moon was first performed at Le Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City on February 29th 2000.
  • Ex Machina is funded by Quebec's Arts and Literature Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Fonds de stabilisation et de consolidation des arts et de la culture du Québec, the City of Quebec.
    This production has been subsidized by the Millennium Arts Fund of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Far Side of the Moon


The Far Side of the Moon concentrates on the conflict between two brothers who are trying to come to grips with the death of their mother. It is also concerned with Russian cosmonaut Leonov, confronted with the immensity of interplanetary space as he took his first steps out of the Voskhod 2 spacecraft.

It brings forth a mad but sincere project for a space elevator that would allow humans to confront the Void.

And it also sees a goofy but touching video recording by the main character sent out to space, in an attempt to show potential extraterrestrial viewers the poetry that sometimes hides in human daily life.

This solo show by Robert Lepage, also performed by Yves Jacques, premiered in Quebec City in March 2000, has since been shown in over forty-five cities all over the world.

Book (available in French)
La Face cachée de la Lune

Movie (English subtitles)
The Far Side of the Moon


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