Ex Machina / Robert Lepage / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Ex Machina / Robert Lepage


24-27 OCT 2017
Main Stage
2 hours (no intermission)
Characterized as an ‘alchemist of the gaze’ and ‘director of illusion’, the important Canadian theatre creator Robert Lepage returns to the Onassis Cultural Centre with his most autobiographical one-man show.
Full price: 7, 12, 18, 25, 28 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 10, 14, 20, 22 €
Groups 10+ people: 9, 13, 18, 20 €
Νeighborhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €

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Robert Lepage (b. 1957) returns to the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC) six years since The Far Side of the Moon; this semi-autobiographical, science-fiction elegy was the work with which OCC introduced the great Canadian theatre creator to the Greek public. He returns with 887, a one-man show and his most autobiographical work to date.

A life that sounds like fiction, a peculiar family, and a difficult youth are the main themes that Lepage draws on in his autobiographical story-telling and dramaturgy, which he calls auto-fiction. Indeed no one in his hometown, Quebec, could have imagined that this shy and sad boy would become one of the most important artists of recent years, an ‘ambassador’ of the Canadian Avant Garde internationally.

The set is a polymorphous, revolving dollhouse. A model of the apartment block on 887 Murray Avenue in Quebec City where Lepage grew up, it is filled with miniatures of domestic appliances, as well as figures of family members and other residents. It is as if a magic chest is opened, through which this great story-teller, thinker and unique performer-narrator goes deep into the mysteries of existence: from childhood to theatre, and from the socio-political upheaval of the 1960s in Canada to the peculiar mechanisms of (individual and collective) memory. Props suddenly attain a ‘life’ of their own; a theatrical rite made up by the unexpected fusion of new media and puppet theatre.

Lyrical and pensive, and at times playful or melancholic, 887 is an existential scenic journey that seems to draw on the famous line by French philosopher Roland Barthes: ‘The only country we truly know is our childhood’.

Wednesday 25 October
After performance talk with Robert Lepage and the participants
Moderated by Katia Arfara, Artistic Director for Theatre and Dance at the OCC


Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
Creative Direction and Design: Steve Blanchet
Dramaturg: Peder Bjurman
Translation: Vassilis Kimoulis
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
Technical Director: Paul Bourque
Tour Manager: Samuel Sauvageau
Technical Director-Touring: Olivier Bourque
Stage Manager: Nadia Bélanger
Sound Manager: Olivier Marcil
Lighting Manager: Nicolas Boudreau
Video Manager: Dominique Hawry
Multimedia Integration: 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 © Michèle Lalonde 1968
Used with permission of Michèle Lalonde.
Additionnal musics        
Mer Morte
Composers: 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 (My baby shot me down)
Composer: Sonny Bono
Cotillon Music Inc and Chris-Marc Music
Performed by Nancy Sinatra
Used with permission of Boots Enterprises Inc.
Bang, Bang (My baby shot me down)
Composer: Sonny Bono
Cotillon Music Inc and Chris-Marc Music
Performed by Claire Lepage
Used with permission of Disques Mérite
Mood Indigo
Composers: 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
Composers: Michael Webb Pierce, Wayne P Walker
Universal songs of Polygram Intl Inc - Performed by Patsy Cline
Used with permission of Universal Music Publishing 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 Châteauused
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 (TORONTO 2015 Pan Am) and Parapan Am Games
In co-production with: Le Lieu unique (Nantes), La Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne (France), Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland), Århus Festuge (Aarhus, Denmark), Théâtre de la Ville-Paris (Paris), Festival d'Automne (Paris),  Romaeuropa Festival 2015 (Rome), Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (France), Ysarca Art Promotions - Pilar de Yzaguirre (Spain), Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon (Lyon, France), SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary (Vancouver, Canada), Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa (Canada), Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde Montréal (Canada), Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Japan), Canadian Stage (Toronto, Canada), Théâtre du Trident (Québec, Canada), La Coursive, Scène nationaleà La Rochelle (France), Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre (France), The Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), The Bergen International Festival (Norway), 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 (France), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Théâtre de Liège (Belgium)
Producer for Ex Machina: Michel Bernatchez (assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie and Valérie Lambert)
Associate Production - Europe and Japan: Epidemic (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)
Associate Production - USA, Asia (except Japan), Australia, New Zealand: Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker, assisted by Dominique Sarrazin and Isaïe Richard)
Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.

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